Despite what the new "I" culture may lead us to believe we cannot get through this life along. None of us is a rock or an island unto ourselves. We are relational creatures called to be in relationship: to nurture and be nurtured, to love and be loved. These last two weeks have seen our interconnectedness play out indifferent ways. The pain and injustice beginning with the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and continuing with riots and peaceful protests has rippled throughout our nation. When one member suffers we all suffer- and so we, as Christians are called to examine our own prejudices and to stand against racism (both personal and systemic) and injustice wherever it occurs. At the same time we have seem an overwhelming number of people come together to raise awareness of and fund to research a cure for ALS. We remember and stand in solidarity with over 30,000 (just in the US!) who suffer from this debilitating disease. I hope you will join with me in prayer for the family and friends of Michael Brown and for our nation as we seek to dismantle the systemic racial injustices still too prevalent in our communities. Please join me in raising awareness about and fund to overcome ALS. As Rev. Dr Martin Luther King stated, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." May justice roll down like waters for those suffering from racial injustice and ALS.
~ Pastor Eric