How can I be a neighbor right now?
I think of our country (and world) now—violence, turmoil, misunderstanding, fear, racism, classism, homophobia, xenophobia, and killings. What’s happening? What’s happening?
For solace, understanding, and a commitment to action, I turn to God’s word, to the teachings of Christ, to my pastors and to my bishop. How can I be neighbor to those whom Christ invites me to love, care, and advocate for? How can I make a difference in this chaos? Where can I find peace for myself? For my neighbor? My sister? My brother? For those unknown to me?
In Psalms 121:1-2, the psalmist sings to my heart: “I lift my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
This message is excerpted from “How can I be a neighbor?” by Barbara Miller from the July 14, 2016, blog of the Women of the ELCA. Today is Veterans Day.
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