The events of this last month have been horrifying. Children and teachers being killed and Injured ln schools, outraged citizens taking sides of a debate over either "gun regulations" or "mental health", politicians placing blame, and in the midst of all of this, the faithful being called to choose activism as an expression of prayer.
This season of Lent we are studying the Psalms and Psalm 22 seems to be a lament for the times:
My God. my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
And by night but find no rest.
In one of the best of the Psalms of Lament this cry for complaint is interwoven with a message of trust. Trust in a God that created us and stays the long haul, that remembers us and that will deliver us.
The violence of our times is far too long. We have suffered this insanity and misplaced power for too long. In our lament we demand God do something:
But you, O LORD. do not be far away!
O my help, come quickly to my aid!
Deliver my soul from the sword,
My life from the power of the dog!
Save me from the mouth of the lion.
Join me in finding ways to explore the complexity of the issues of violence. Not only violence in our schools, but violence in our homes, in our minds, our television shows, video games and even violence in our language.
Join me on Sunday, March 4th following the worship service (in the sanctuary) to talk about a Path to Peace.