Needless to say that various happenings around the world have caused a lot of chaos and controversy to come forth. This controversy has caused many who claim to be followers of Jesus to react in a multitude of ways, some good, others not so good. It brings to mind that the true definition of Freedom, and how it relates to the teaching that Jesus provided us so many years ago in our owners manual for life…The Bible.
There are times in our lives where we must face the fragility of life and it’s hard, very hard. Today, I lost a very dear friend, Mary Hutchinson, who was a colleague but a lot more than just that. Mary Hutchinson is one of God’s angels on earth, who dedicated her life and skill in service to those that needed a voice.
Experience working in the secular and non-profit world has provided many opportunities to come across interesting actions and activities that at the least, disappoint you, and in some cases cause significant strife. The recent announcement by the Supreme Court to legalize same sex marriage has caused quite a response from all sides of the issue. The attack on the AME Church in Charleston has been similar as now it seems everyone wants to re-write history and remove all symbols of the Confederacy. Add this to the uproar over the Affordable Care Act and the United States could be described as a country in chaos at the moment. We pray that all on every side of the issues will settle down and see each for what it is.
Over the last few weeks, we have seen numerous instances of tragedies related to weather, poverty, civil discord, etc. These are troubling for us all, but there is a constant thread that becomes very apparent to trained eyes that spend their time focusing on addressing the issues of those in need. The answer must have a long term focus, not a short term response.