Dear Friends… It’s the end of the world as we know it

Dear Friends,
As a pastor I know that  one of the most important aspects of ministry is to offer hope. I must confess that sometimes when I wake in the morning, see the light of dawn breaking through my window, hear the first birds greeting the sun, feel cold water slushing  my face as I complete my ablutions, run downstairs to take the dog out, and wait for the aroma of coffee brewing that I forget to hope. You’d think with all those sensory blessings hope would come naturally and eagerly, but it doesn’t.

I blog each week with an offering of hope that sometimes I have to dive deep to find. Because here’s the truth: it’s the end of the world as we know it. As I wrote that last sentence I realized that  this is the hope I can offer. It is terrifying and promising. We stand on a precipice: we will either descend into a scruffy form of nazism in which the state will institutionalize the elimination of marginalized people or we will harness our power to make change.

From now until the election I will write to you each week. Letters of encouragement. Letters filled with rage. Letters offering hope. But be sure of this, this election is the most important election of our lives. White people once saw racism ‘through a glass darkly’. Men once saw sexism, heterosexuals saw homosexism, citizens saw immigrants – all through a glass darkly. If our eyes are not opened now. If we cannot see the dehumanization of others. If we close our eyes to the violence perpetrated on black bodies through out our history. If we allow ourselves to be blind to those truths, then we will not be a part of bringing about necessary, long-overdue change. Even worse, we will be allowing evil to persist.

What hope can I offer you today? If we dare to open our eyes and open our hearts, then we have the hope of a new dawn, a new reality that we must do everything in our power to usher in. The hope of hearing the other, even if the reality they speak is different from our own. The hope when we offer our hearts and our bodies to that cry for justice that is truly sacred. The hope the comes when we both trust and live into knowing that love is greater than hate.

It’s the end of the world as we know it. Thanks be to Godde.
Connie

3 thoughts on “Dear Friends… It’s the end of the world as we know it

  1. Thank you for speaking the truth for us. Some days the only way I can manage my anxiety is to tie a knot in the end of my rope of hope, faith, and trust and hold on tight to believing that Godde holds us in Godde’s hands, regardless of our circumstances. What else could the millions do in the moment they realized they were being gassed instead of “showered.” Or when the followers of Jesus realized he was going to die in front of their eyes. Or in any other of a billion moments when it seems evil has won the day. I choose to believe in each moment that Godde is holding us. Otherwise, fear wins the day. And life is too precious to live it in fear. Grace All Over – Katie

  2. Hope was rekindled by Obama’s “second”.
    Again, hope was rekindled by Biden’s choice of “second”.
    The rest is up to us.
    Keep love and hope alive to bring about the change that must come.

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