BY THE REV. DAVID MERRITT |
As they said in Miss Congeniality when the contestants were being interviewed, “I want world peace.” It was meant as a joke or at least a punch line I am sure. But today, as we face an uncertain future, I do wish for peace, shalom for people both near and far in our world and in our nation.
This past week we witnessed a vision of anger and hatred unleashed in our nation’s capital. People were angry. Hated flowed over the barricades and scaled the walls and climbed through the windows. It was a horrific sight to see such activities in our democracy. What was even more disturbing were the events that lead up to this day…which I might add was also the day of Epiphany.
Many small and big lies have been told, elected leaders have not told the truth, people have denied other’s basic human rights, the glue that holds us together as believers has been diluted. The peace that we so often pray for has been in short supply on the human side of the equation.
I wish for in 2021 more peace, like a flowing river over the world and nation. With the pandemic in a full-court press right now, we certainly need to have health and healing added to the list but peace, in life and in death is needed to eradicate the build-up of hatred and anger in our world…to unclog the drain pipes that carry away the filth of society’s worse values and ideas.
I wish for peace for not only me but my children and grandchildren, my nieces and nephews, and the future generations yet unborn. I wish for peace for my church family and my church brothers and sisters that I have made over the years of service in our church. And I wish for peace, the infilling of God’s love, grace, and mercy to fill every dark void in my heart and mind.
To close, I will use another line from another movie favorite, Cool Hand Luke, “what we have here is a failure to communicate.” God is talking to us…are we listening?
About the Author
The Rev. David Merritt is a retired Pastor, former Dean, Outreach Director, and Chaplain, but he’s “papa” according to his grandkids. David loves God, Laurel Ridge, and his family. He has enough sense to get out of the rain but prefers raindrops anyway.