Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9
Word of Hope
I find myself struggling to articulate my feelings about the mass shootings in El Paso and in Dayton. I am horrified, angry, filled with grief, and overwhelmingly tired of the same thing happening over and over again. I am drawn to Facebook, I think because I have surrounded myself with like-minded people, most of whom think about things the same way I do. I need to read about how others feel about these shootings, even though it makes me angry all over again. I find myself thinking up ugly responses to ugly posts. Thank God I am usually able to reign it in and hold off from spewing an angry retort to what I consider to be an ugly or ignorant post. I try to remember that these people are feeling just as passionately about the situation as I am. What is the right path for me?
Today at lunch, I was with a group of 5 people of varying political ideologies. We talked about the asylum seekers, their treatment, and the policies being followed by ICE agents. Somehow, everyone was more than usually courteous, not talking over anyone, being careful not to raise voices. It was amazing to me that everyone was heard, and even more amazing that most of us agreed on how things could change for the better. It felt so good to be heard, and I know that the others felt that way, too. Maybe one form of kindness is just to hear someone through, to stop forming a response as they are still talking, and to try to understand where they are coming from.
Sovereign God, I need your help. Please grant me the patience necessary to listen to ideas that are different from my own. Please help me to deliver honest feedback in a sensitive and constructive manner. I know that I can come closer to being your hands and feet when I am working toward unity than when I am deepening divisions.
Cathedral of Hope member