We were ready for the storm. We put away the patio furniture, gathered our emergency kit, purchased a hand-cranked emergency radio and 2- 6 gallon water jugs. (Turns out that those suckers are heavy!) We checked on loved ones to make sure they were ready, too. So, what happens when the storm doesn’t come? I expected to be awakened in the middle of the night by shrieking winds. Instead, I was awakened my alarm clock! Sunday afternoon, and I’m seeing blue sky breaking through the clouds.
Are we ready for the storms that are swirling around our community? Would that we could trust that our concerns will be laid to rest in calm on November 9th. No matter how the elections turn out, we are certainly facing fallout. What can we do to help our neighbors reconnect across recent divides?
Let’s start by grounding ourselves in the love of God which sustains all of creation. We start by reaching out before the storm, asking loved ones and neighbors, “Are you okay? Can we visit together? Let’s try to understand each other more deeply.” That’s kind of like clearing out the gutters ahead of the storm, so that we don’t overflow when the rains hit.
I overheard a cell phone conversation last Thursday. A guy was checking on folks he knew who didn’t have permanent shelter. One was living in a tent. He was offering them a place to ride out the storm…. his place. I was inspired by his humanity. He didn’t ask them how they were voting. He asked them what he could do to help.
Let’s look around and ask God to show us how we can become peace-makers and justice-doers and lovers of neighbors near and far. --Pastor Heidi