Prayer for June 9, 2020

Prayer for June 9, 2020: Please pray with me.  God of all, boy do we need help.  We make ridiculous divisions among human beings – we literally make them up.  At least we are creative huh?  But seriously Lord, what is it about human beings that our desire to...
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All Lives Matter? Show me.

Black Lives Matter. All Lives Matter. Let the hashtag battle and rallying cries begin – never mind, they’ve been going on.  In America there always has to be two sides – only two sides.  There always has to be an epic struggle.  There always has to be a dichotomy...
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We're all in this together, right?

Here’s a post I wrote for the Lower Susquehanna Synod Towards Racial Justice team. https://www.lss-elca.org/were-all-in-this-together-right-by-rev-matthew-best/. Dear fellow white friend, We’re all in this together. That is the phrase I’ve heard the most in the midst of pandemic and stay-at-home orders. It is a nice phrase to say, isn’t it?...
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Protests and riots

The last few days has me thinking about protests and riots.  These terms get used a lot.  We use them without thinking about how they are defined. We make assumptions about these terms.  Protests are generally viewed in a more positive manner than a riot.  Protests are assumed to...
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Prayer for June 3, 2020

Prayer for June 3, 2020: Please pray with me.  God of the Word, you come to us through words.  You come in lots of ways.  But why words Lord?  What it is about words that you determined would touch us, would connect us with you?  Why words?  Maybe it’s...
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Prayer for June 2, 2020

Prayer for June 2, 2020: Please pray with me.  God of all things, your ways are certainly not our ways.  Too often we limit our imagination.  We compartmentalize.  We think small.  How exactly is that living into being made in the likeness of you?  Why do we think so...
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Convenient arguments and Compartmentalized thinking

In the midst of crisis, it is easy to fall prey to convenient arguments and compartmentalized thinking. Convenient arguments are ones that are simplistic and short term.  They are incapable of withstanding any scrutiny and are designed to make a quick point that supports one’s current opinion.  But they...
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