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Waves of Faith-October 5, 2017

This week the stories of another mass shooting brought life to a halt in this country. At least it brought things to a halt for while. Sadly, I wonder if we won’t go back to “normal” by next week.  But for now, people are glued to the news. Flags fly at half mast. The death toll mounts. Police detectives and reporters try to make sense of the madness in the mind of a heavily armed assailant. The Cape Cod Times today runs a cartoon bemoaning the long list of massacres that have characterized our national news in recent years.

I don’t know what it will take for our country to have a conversation about gun violence. But we are long overdue. I don’t consider it political anymore to mention this topic. I consider it to be common sense.

Last week in worship I preached about Esther. A princess who spoke up, she advocated for the Jews and was able to save a lot of people. But Esther risked her life to bring the issue to the attention of the emperor. Esther took that risk because she came to believe that God needed her to speak up. God needed her voice.

The issues of immigration and gun control have implications for all of us. They affect us all. If one of us is scared he or she will be deported that fear affects us all. If some of us are not safe at music festivals that  kind of anxiety is contagious in our society.  

I can’t pretend to  have the answers here, but I do believe that people of faith have the opportunity to ask the right questions. We have Bible stories that encourage us to consider life from a different perspective.

Here is a message from Rev. Dr John Dorhauer, Minister and President of the United Church of Christ:

"Every lost life is a name, a history, a hope, a story - an unfulfilled future," noted UCC General Minister and President John Dorhauer. "Every lost life leaves behind loved ones who mourn and grieve and piece together a future of their own torn asunder by matters we cannot comprehend. I can't find words to capture this pain, this collective grief and anger. I cannot reach deep enough into my soul to express fully the pain, the anger, the rage, the confusion, the anxiety, the emptiness. When will it end?

"Moved by grief, let us transform our pain into action," Dorhauer prayed. "Let us set our hearts and our minds and our hopes on a future of meaningful action that seeks to undo (violence like) this and restore onto us a tomorrow filled with hope and promise."




Posted: Thursday October 5, 2017