Reflections from Rev. Audrey
How do we hold information that we find hard to hear, much less hold onto?
These days we are overwhelmed with news – it comes from everywhere – it comes from places we know and places we don’t. It comes from people we trust and agree with and it comes from people we don’t even know and therefore don’t know if we trust and maybe we don’t agree with. News is coming from people we trust and yet we don’t agree with and from people we don’t trust and yet we find ourselves agreeing anyway.
What are we to do?
We could simply turn off the TV or the computer, block all those on facebook that post anything other than kittens and recipes, stop picking up newspapers and news magazines, wear our earbuds at all times and listen to the downloaded music list, in other words we could block out all the world around us…really?
As people of faith, especially as a people of the book, we have a resource to help us find some peace and a lot of counsel in the midst of all this “stuff” coming at us.
Our Book of Common Prayer plainly reminds us:
“Jesus said, ‘The first commandment is this: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.’” Mark 12:29-31
As people of faith, we have an invaluable resource through which to filter the news that is coming at us and in which we can find respite and peace.
I pray that we all find peace and act in love -