Posted: August 03
Reading this article will help you understand why the food ministries at Grove are so vital to our neighbors. We are so fortunate to be able to provide both meat and fresh produce - some of it from our own church garden.
The fact of the matter is, this homeless mom is me. She is you. Today, nearly one in six Americans reports running out of food at least once a year.
Posted: July 22
Praying for all those being forced from their homes, and threatened with death, but especially for our Christian brothers and sisters. We join our voices to those of the leadership of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in denouncing the actions of the extremists in Mosul and other nearby areas.
Statement issued by PC(USA) denouncing attacks in Mosul
It is with great sadness and deep concern that we join our voice with the voice of the church in Iraq to cry out against the terrible attack being waged against Christians, Shiite Muslims, and other religious minorities in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul. We condemn all actions seeking to discrim…
Posted: July 18
As I grieve this morning over news of a airliner shot down over Ukraine, increasing violence in Gaza, children warehoused at our border, and wonder if there is any way forward through the suffering in this world, I began reading today's lectionary selections of the Scriptures. The Old Testament reading is Joshua 4:19-5:1,10-15 - the passing of the Israelites through the Jordan into Canaan. What struck me was the impossibility of this passage - once again Israelites passing through flowing water on dry land? Yet, with God all things are possible. In this reading, I heard God's voice giving hope for impossible situations - that they need not always remain impossible. And while some might use this passage to justify Israeli expansion, I hear something different. Especially when this passage is paired with Romans 12:9-21, as it is today. The Romans passage directs us to: "]Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the
saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves,
but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." No, "if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
Together these passages lift up hope for the impossible future, and teach us the way we should go to get there.
I still grieve for the people who are being killed (on all sides) in so many conflicts and untenable situations. I am still concerned about what God is calling me to do to alleviate in whatever way I can, the suffering in this world. But I still have hope for the future. These passages remind me of the hope we have in Jesus Christ, a hope that tells us that with God nothing is impossible, because God loves God's own creation, and is working to redeem it from all evil.