Greetings “We the People”,
I pray that this finds you well and that your week has been blessed.
Well, here we are at the end of another angst-ridden election cycle. For months now, we’ve been buried in piles of political fliers and commentary. Red Tide, Blue Tide, Purple Tide, High Tide, Low Tide. And before the current cycle is even complete, the pundits are looking at the 2024 cycle and the ramifications of this cycle. The world is watching the follies of the United States and its deeply divided politics, while considering the future. Even with the disappointments, there is hope.
This week’s Scripture from the Gospel of Luke is apocryphal. False prophets, nation against nation, insurrections, earthquakes, famines, persecution, imprisonment – so much to look forward to. But we are told not a hair on our head will perish, and we will gain our souls. Strength and hope.
We’ve come through trials and tribulation. There will be more, and we will come through again. We are invested, and the world is invested, in good outcomes toward the more perfect union. It is an ongoing process. Our veterans have fought for it.
On Friday, Veterans Day, I invite you to take a moment during your day to hold our veterans in a moment of prayer. No matter where you stand on military issues, they have served our country and are, often, not adequately compensated for their sacrifice. There are still many among us who were dishonorably discharged for being authentically themselves. They are, as are we all, perfectly imperfect – part of the tides, the ebbs and flows, of our human existence.
And God will be with us through it all.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday at 10 am in person or on Zoom.
Rev. Michael Cronin