[Written on Friday, September 25, 2020]
I do admire the energy of so many around me. There is Molly, ever on the move. And my Bible Study friends, young and strong. And even vigorous oldsters, living with us here in “Covenant Living.” Not to speak of our own dear kids – and their kids, active, involved, and so kindly keeping track of us.
I had to admit to my Mayo pulmonologist yesterday, that I am not strong anymore, missing my exercise, and moving slowly. But oh, so glad to be alive, and walking as I’m able, beside our Lord and Leader, Friend and Savior, Jesus.
I stopped to read the paper in our library today, with its good news of the Twins, and hope of the Vikings. And even the news from Washington, as the President, amazingly vigorous, moves about the country in this strange mixture of election campaign, Covid-19 pandemic, and raging anger over race.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg has died after her life-long battle with cancer and the nation wonders about succession in the High Court.
It is all too intense to ignore. We want to “do something.” Something to help, something to heal, something to mend. And wonder sometimes if that can ever be.
Feisty Molly is leading a handful of us to at least go to our black neighbors, to sit with them in church, to declare our friendship with them, to pray with them, to sing the great hymns of faith, letting music of the heart and soul “bind us together.” Saying, we want to be Jesus’ people together, we want to be brothers and sisters.
So, this Sunday, September 27, nine of us will meet at our own church parking lot, have a prayer, and then drive to Zion Baptist Church downtown. And be “Visiting Christians,” sharing in their worship, bringing our greetings, moving toward one heart, one spirit together. And waiting to see what will happen. Perhaps some friendships formed. Maybe some plans to witness together. To make clear, as God’s people, that we do not want race to divide us anymore. We want to walk together. We want to be close as God’s children: to give voice, and hand, to being one people, loving each other – as the human community, as Christians.
There’ll be more exchanges. Want to come? Something good – for God and our neighbors – we can do for the world.
Something with the joy of Jesus.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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