If you let yourself be quiet at this moment in time, when our nation remains in chaos, fear and confusion, you may hear what I hear. I hear the Spirit whispering "Peace" to each of us. Have we forgotten that God is with us? Have we forgotten that Emmanuel is with us for the long haul?
I think the scariest thing for me is the feeling of a lack of control. I can't control the evil shootings or bombings or actions of those who hate so much. There was a time we didn't have to fear. Our world seemed to have more control.
Won't you pray with me? Pray for peace. Pray for an unshakeable confidence that The RISEN Emmanuel is with us until the end of time, no matter what happens in life. Pray that we may trust. Let us not leave God out of the equation.
A friend of mine has spent these days in a hospital watching over her daughter who is very sick. She too, feels a "lack of control" as she depends upon diagnosis, medical treatment and other yet-to-be-known concerns. Christmas has not been a sentimental day, filled with family, friends, good food and gifts. For some reason, God has asked her to enter into Christmas 2015 as Mary must have welcomed the first Christmas, keeping in her heart that no matter what happens, "Nothing is impossible with God."
I pray for my friend and all those who are trying to live through a difficult time, trusting that God will make all things new. I pray for those who suffer from violence. The obvious people one may think of are those who have become victims of terrorism. Yet, I learned first hand the other day, something that my head always knew, but my heart hadn't gotten the message: There are some who because they share the same ethic background or faith, are actually terrorized by the fears of the rest of us who pre-judge them by their appearance or linguistic capabilities.
A song by Peter, Paul and Mary in the 60's is a timeless classic, which comes to my mind. It is about human nature and the ongoing battle we have with being violent people, wherever we are. Where Have All the Flowers Gone? repeats a refrain that we can all ponder today: "When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?" And, to borrow another well-known lyric that rings true I our hearts, perhaps the answer to Peter, Paul and Mary's song can be simply stated, "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me!"