E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 8, 2018

Clothes & Shoes Needed, Soft Spaces Open, Loving Spoonfuls, and more in the E-Newsletter for July 8, 2018 https://mailchi.mp/cb5700cf4f73/ey7eu7o5mr-1380801

A Message from Cathryn Marshall, Senior Warden

Dear *|FNAME|*,

It’s challenging to feel patriotic during this season of political unrest. Facebook is filled with hateful messages these days, and people are feeling unsettled. No matter what side of the coin you are on, I think you will agree that the country feels divided. How do we respond to all of this as Christians? How do we maintain loving relationships with people who hold different viewpoints? That’s not a new challenge, it’s just more apparent given the scope of social media. I think the answer lies in trying to see people with whom we disagree as real people. It’s too easy to look at a picture of someone we don’t know on a Facebook post and see only what the headline proclaims, or what the camera happened to capture in that millisecond. But we are called to see Christ in all persons, and to be Christ to all persons.  I think it’s important to remember that Christ died for ALL, not just for us. It’s important to remember that God longs for a relationship with ALL people, not just with us. It’s hard to set our judgements aside. Some would even say it’s human nature for us to judge others.  But that’s not our job. The Book of Common Prayer tells us that the duty of all Christians is to love our neighbors as ourselves, to work and pray for peace; to bear no malice, prejudice, or hatred in our hearts, and to be kind to all the creatures of God. 

As we continue our journey of Mutual Renewal, my prayer is that each of us can find it in our hearts to see Christ in all of our fellow human beings. And maybe to give Facebook a rest!
In God’s Grace,

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