Reaching Out from
Grand Lake Community Chapel
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Greetings in Christ!
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Let us rejoice in a few days of much-needed rain, and let us be glad for sunshine today! Our lawns and gardens look ever so much happier today, and the crispness of the air earlier in the day was actually kinda’ nice, even for those of us who aren’t ready to give up on shorts and sandals – it’s still summer until next Tuesday!!
This past Sunday, our nation and the world observed the 21st anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; for those among us old enough to remember that awful day, who remember where they were and what they were doing, it was a somber day. We lost a great deal of our collective innocence on that day, but for a brief, shining moment, we gained a sense of unity that was awe-inspiring. Our focus shifted from what separated us to what we have in common; from bitter arguments over the news of the day to solidarity as citizens of a nation under attack. Members of the “Greatest Generation” were heard to say that it felt like the days immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 that drew the United States into World War II when we pulled together to defeat evil on a world-wide scale. In the days just before 9/11/2022, we heard a country-Western song that asked the question “Have we forgotten?”, and it seems that in many ways we have forgotten. The rhetoric we so often hear is harsh, divisive, and demeaning of the “other,” sometimes even within our communities of faith. This should not be; we are all called to be one in Christ Jesus, and if we’ve forgotten that, it is to our eternal shame. We don’t have to agree on everything, or even on most things, but we must agree that as children of the Most High God, we should be loving and kind and gentle with one another. Period.
Karen and Greg
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another,
agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love
and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11
Wishing you joy and peace in your day!
Remember, God’s got this.