September 13, 2020
Speaker: Pastor Jason
July 5, 2020
White reflects that so many of our relationships have been broken, in part because we have forgotten that we are not independent, but interdependent – we have forgotten that we belong to each other. We are no longer curious about each other, like the two young lovers in this love poem, but jump to judgement, and make those different from us into something less than human.
June 22, 2020
When one of the kids falls down, or gets a scrape or a bump, usually the first thing that comes out of my mouth is, “Oh, you’re fine.” Why do I say that? Where did I get that? My son or daughter just hurt themselves and I need to somehow cancel out the pain they’re feeling? Yes, my instinct is to give comfort and make it better. I want to fix it. But I’m trying to learn to listen first. To respond to the spoken expression of pain. Maybe they’re not fine. A lot of people we know are not fine right now. Our planet is not fine right now. Our country is not fine right now. Our laments are justified. Our feelings of anxiety and frustration are real, and real people are crying out after centuries of oppression and injury. This book gives no easy answers. This reading ends with a call for retribution in place of reconciliation or redemption. Only in the next chapter does the detached funeral singer become a witness and advocate. The narrator is the voice of the one who hears and believes and advocates before the Lord. “Look, O lord and consider! to whom have you done this?” 2:20). We are not impotent witnesses to the suffering around us. Even if we are not directly suffering the same as our neighbor, each of us has a role a duty to fulfill.