Prince of Peace
I write to you today with a sad heart for our nation. From conversations with many of you these past days, I have also heard your grief and worry over our country. As a people of faith, we turn to God in our moments of worry and fear knowing that God is ever present. In our virtual prayer vigil on Wednesday night, we gathered together to pray to God for healing and courage, to mourn those who were wounded and died, for all our elected leadership and those who were traumatized by the destruction at the Capitol. (here is the short prayer service we used. I invite you to take some time at home to read the prayers and light candles.)
As Christians, we condemn the violence which erupted in our nation's Capitol on Wednesday afternoon as a threat to our shared values as a democratic nation. We are called to recognize that these actions threaten all our desires for tranquility and peace, while further breaking open the deep divide we face as a country.
I am so mindful that the tragic events of violence happened on the Feast of Epiphany. It is the day when we remember that the violent inclinations of Herod to maintain power later included slaughtering innocent children when he felt threatened by a new born King. Yet more importantly it is a feast day when we recognize that the Light would overcome the darkness and that the Prince of Peace would reign. I pray that you will hold that knowledge of the Prince of Peace in your hearts and in your minds.
In the certainty that God's Light never leaves us,