Our reading tonight is from Rev. Melanie Kim-Hamill

It has been raining all week. It rains heavily as I write this, now. I watch as the rain travels down the street and my driveway like a stream. The culverts that were built in my neighborhood of Sarasota Springs to help prevent flooding – carries the water away. This time of year, in Florida welcomes regular deluges of rain. It soaks the ground and carries away dirt and debris. It is nature’s cleansing. It feels symbolic of our collective pain and grief over the trauma that this nation has been enduring for months now. Amid precautions meant to head Covid off at the pass – confronting racism in our nation, our city, and our church – watching to see how the administration is addressing all of this – leaves me exhausted. I know that you are all feeling this, too. The rain is beating down on my metal roof and it is deafening.

Our collective cries are not too much for God. God hears our cries, God feels our grief, God sees our pain. We are troubled. God’s righteousness will never cease. Justice will roll on like a river. We can place our hope on that promise. We can also be agents of God’s goodness and grace at work in these troubled waters. A good friend writes for Sarasota Magazine. He and his colleagues interviewed black women and men in our community who have devoted their lives to fighting for equality. They were asked to share their thoughts and feelings in this month’s feature article. Please do take the time to read it. Our primary role is to create a safe space for the voices of our black brothers and sisters. Then, we listen. After that, we act. Click Here to read the article. May God’s Peace be yours. May it flow from your heart into the hearts of those you encounter.

Scripture: Amos 5:24
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”

Reflection Questions:
What makes it difficult for you to listen?
What holds you back from acting?

Prayer: God of justice, we trust that your righteousness will reach our hurting world like the summer rains that reliably fall. Wash us anew with your waters of mercy and grace. As we look out into the world around us and witness so much pain, May we also look within to mine out what holds us back from truly embodying your love. May we find comfort in your trustworthiness. May we find courage to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Amen.


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