Community in Action February 19, 2021

Therefore, I urge you

brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy

to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice . . . 

Do not be overcome by evil,

but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12

    Last night I was on a panel with Dublin High School counselors and Hume therapists talking about “Navigating Grief and Loss.” The panel addressed ways to recognize and deal with grief since this last month a senior student and also a custodial staff member passed away.

    The power point was phenomenal and I didn’t feel like I really had much to add, but I was glad to be asked to represent the faith community for our school district. There were not a lot of participants watching, but the presentations will be on the website for any who wish to review it.

    I was also on a similar panel last year, about the same time of year, when we addressed the loss of three high school students who died in a car crash on Christmas night.

    As I walked this morning and wondered how I might have been more effective in my address or provided the needed solace for those mourning the loss of their loved ones in the school district. I realized in my walk that God can use our faltering words to bring good out of a painful situation.

    I realized that we don’t have to make a big splash or see a major impact from our actions or words. If we just live out the role God provides for us God will take care of the rest.

    I love the chapter in Romans cited above. It reminds me that not only do we have roles to play in this world, but we are being formed by God to fill the roles he has given us. We each have a part to play and we just need to play it as best we can. Our role may not seem significant to us or we may feel like we aren’t living up to the expectations of others, but the point of creation is to continue our walk with God and seek to do good when the opportunity arises.

    That good could just be a kind word or offering to let someone go in front of you in line or respond in grace to question we are asked. We don’t have to make the front page because of what we say or do, but I believe all God asks is for us to attempt to show there is still good in the world.

    I love the quote from an African Proverb I have been hearing lately, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This quote with the passage above reminds me we all have roles to play and if we keep working together we can help repair the world “Tikkun Olam.”

    Thanks for the ways in which you strive to fulfill the role God has given you. May you sense God’s gratitude and feel encouraged to continue the race or for some of us the walk.


    Pastor Randy

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