There are a number of things I thought about putting into Castings this week. Certainly the news is full of issues I might have addressed and invited us to see from our faith perspective. There are issues in the General Church that could have provided conversation and reflection as we seek to find our way forward through our differences to where God might call us to go. There are things going on in my own life that I thought about inviting you into using as a relational connection with the kinds of struggles we all face and again inviting us to see God in the midst of it all.
But, ultimately, I don’t want to go to any of those places. I am not up this morning for engaging in deep political discussion or theological debate or even a conversation about my wonderful grandchildren (well, maybe that!).
In the midst of the violence, the contention, the pain, the stress, the fear, and the uncertainty that every day seems to bring, I just want to share one thing with you this week, it is these words from Jesus:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
~ John 14:27
Thanks be to God!