Heal Our Land

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." - Jesus (Matthew 5:9) Like many of you, I spent much of Wednesday glued to the news in disbelief. I couldn't believe my eyes as rioters stormed and then occupied the U.S. Capitol. Later in the evening, while I was relieved to see the joint session of Congress resume their work, it was clear that much more work was necessary. It's not just addressing Capitol security issues nor holding accountable those who acted lawlessly, including the instigators of the violence. It's not just addressing the allegations of voter fraud and stolen elections. The chaotic scenes on the news reflected the deep brokenness within America - the rift that continues to deepen and divide us on so many levels. As I struggled to sleep, I found myself asking, "Where do we (as a nation) go from here?" In the midst of disaster, there's always hope. I found hope yesterday in the story of a New Jersey Congressman, Andy Kim, whose picture was taken as he picked up pizza boxes and water bottles that rioters had left behind. It was after midnight - soon after certifying Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 Presidential election. As Rep. Kim walked through trashed Rotunda, he saw police officers cleaning up the mess. He decided to join them. "When you see something you love that is broken, you want to fix it. I love the Capitol. I'm honored to be there... It really broke my heart and I just felt compelled to do something... what else could I do?" While other House & Senate leaders spent the night writing speeches and planning meetings, Rep. Kim shared in the simple and humble work of picking up debris in the Capitol's Rotunda. Friends, this is the work of healing. Who will join the simple and humble work of healing our nation? I am grateful for the witness of this elected official, who reminds us all that we can be part of healing work. We don't have to win elections nor work in Washington D.C. We simply have to be willing to roll up our sleeves - stop condemning each other - and start doing the simple things (the humble things) to love our neighbor as ourselves. It's a willingness to love even those we disagree with and see our neighbors as brothers and sisters before anything else. Regardless of our differences, we're all invited to join the work of healing our nation. Let's be clear. The riot has ended and the Capitol is being repaired, but the brokenness remains. So, I ask you - with you exacerbate the division or join the work of healing our nation - one pizza box, one water bottle at a time? - Pastor Caleb

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