He has showed you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
For many of our community this week has been one of grief tempered with realized fears ...this is not what we thought the world would look like three years ago, let alone three months ago. Each morning I awake with the familiarity of hoping that this is all a dream or a movie or a reality tv show, because then the trauma doesn't have to be real. But it is real, the violence and oppression of will to power and angry entitled rage is real. And yet it is not as powerful or strong as it appears to be. History and Scripture hold stories that remind us that while violence and oppression have power, we hold more. As we stand united in Christ, actively bearing the mercy, love, justice, kindness, and righteous indignation of Christ together in community we hold a power that has and will topple governments and powers of oppression. Our hope and faith is rooted in the belief that Christ, expressed through us in the world, does transform the world. We are called to such a time as this, choosing each day to work toward being a light in darkness putting in the good step by step work of the day-to-day. How how we will choose each moment to create, imagine, and engage in the restoration of hope and life in a world bound by fear, separation, and violence?