Sunday’s worship was inspiring for me. I loved the way the kids led us and taught us hand motions for “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”! I hope as you go through this week you can remember to check in with God—ask. Seek. Knock! Don’t be shy! And may each of us be inspired to live generously towards others as we experience more and more of God’s generous love for us!
This week has several important but not widely known events. Tuesday, June 19th is “Juneteenth” –the celebration of the end of slavery and the emancipation of slaves in the United States. It is a great time both to celebrate the ending of the horror of racial slavery in the US and to also remember the continuing pain and division from racism in our country today. Do unto others obviously includes people of all colors and races! I encourage you to ask, seek and knock to the Lord about how we can make progress today on eliminating racism.
Then Wednesday is World Refugee Day. Refugees are people fleeing from war, violence and persecution. Those that are admitted into our country are thoroughly vetted. This year 20,000 refugees are expected to arrive in the US, most are families with young children, seeking safety and security. That was certainly true of the Iraqi refugee family that we hosted two years ago. If you’d like more information about refugees go here. I hope that we can be praying for these people in desperate situations, as well as for those tasked with the really challenging jobs of making decisions about who and how many to let in. If you are so moved, here is a prayer retreat in honor of Refugee Week that the British Jesuits made available (the same people who do the lovely daily “Pray-As-You-Go” prayers).
This Sunday we conclude our walk through the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus sends us out with a rousing call to “Just Do It!” I hope you can join us!
May you feel God’s blessing this week!