daily devotion for MAY 29, 2020
Dear Friends, May 29, 2020
The picture of this snail – poking his head out to check on the world, seems to be our story these days. It seems as if getting back to a life that begins to be healthy for all is moving at such a snail’s pace. The understanding of white privilege and narrowing the racial divide in our country is also moving at a snail’s pace. Bishop Karen Oliveto, the UM Bishop from California writes, “I do not have the privilege of saying, ‘But I am not a racist.’ I am a part of a racist culture. I must do all in my power to speak out, to seek justice, to create a world where every child of God is precious. We follow a brown-skinned Messiah. May we do all in our power to protect the image of God everyone possesses and love our neighbor enough to seek justice for all. Jesus demands no less of us.”
Many of us have brown and black skinned children and grandchildren. Their world is not safe. Their lives are in danger. For those raised in a white family, they will never be black enough to be fully included in the black community. However, they are also not white enough to escape the danger of racism. Will you join with me to pray for Minnesota – in particular, the area of violent protest? Pray for movement in leadership to seek active justicetoday. Pray for those small business owners who have lost everything in the fires – the unintended victims. Pray for George Floyd’s family and those who loved him. Pray that white people will speak out for and with those who feel that they have no voice. Pray for those first responders whose lives are in jeopardy because of the actions of a few.
Also, today, will you pray for Pam Sisler, who is in terrible pain. A series of problems with her neck, shoulders, back – complicated with a fall, down concrete steps – that kind of pain is unbearable. Lord, in your mercy – hear our prayers.
Sharing the hope we have as Christians is more important than ever these days. The Outreach team at Grace Church is inviting you to share your hope with our neighbors on Wednesday morning June 3rd, by writing and drawing messages of hope with sidewalk chalk on the Perryville path that goes North and South on the other side of McFarland Rd by our church. Here’s how it will work…