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Do Not Fear

June 1, 2020

“Do not fear, or be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? You are my witnesses! Isaiah 44:8

Today is Day 78 of Dispatches From a Suburban Pastor During a Pandemic and the Old Testament passage from the Daily Texts is a welcome one. God and God’s messengers say this so often: Do not fear.

It is a fearful time in our country. While I have not felt afraid for myself during the past week, I went to sleep last night mindful that looting was occurring near Grace. I had a conversation with our facilities manager as the sun went down, hoping that no damage would be done to our beautiful church. Nothing happened overnight, for which I am thankful.

But I’ll be honest with you: Any damage our church building could suffer pales in comparison to the damage that is inflicted daily upon our Black and Brown sisters and brothers. This is not a time to cower in fear or to lash out against violence without also taking the time to consider the many underlying causes and systemic injustices. We must not allow our voices to be silenced, afraid. We must add our voices, even when we’re not sure what to say or how to say it, to the chorus crying out for a lasting peace that includes real justice.

Today at Grace, we begin celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time since mid-March. We will gather in groups of ten (talk about little flocks!) to partake of the Lord’s feast. I know how hungry I am to eat and drink, to be assured again of the gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. Fed and nourished, ten at a time, let us leave fear behind, find our voices, and work for a better future.

You can learn more about our Holy Communion services, and sign up, here.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of life, gift your church with faith, hope, and love. Faith, to believe that the Spirit is working. Hope, to trust that you will bring about your Kingdom. Love, to go and serve our neighbor. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: The Grace chancel. Photo by Don Heimburger.

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