Many persons are facing 2017 with uncertainty, fear and anxiety after a long and difficult political campaign and the inauguration of a new president. The constant news coverage can fuel these feelings. Regardless of how you voted, the contentious election has motivated many persons to pay more attention and become more involved in making their voices known especially when it comes to affirming and protecting the inclusion of all God’s children. It is easy to feel helpless and do nothing. But as persons of faith, we can be open to opportunities in our daily lives to reaching out to the least of these.
My daughter and her family joined with their neighbors to paint a peace wall in their neighborhood. My grandchildren had a great time with a paint brush while also expressing our shared hopes for peace in this troubled world.
Last fall my husband and I had the opportunity to visit some countries in Europe. One of the most powerful sites was the John Lennon Wall in Prague, Czechoslovakia. After the death of Lennon, people started painting the words from some of his songs on a monastery wall. This desire for peace and justice was done during the Communist occupation. People continue to add expressions of hope. It felt like a prayer wall.
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
This is my prayer for 2017.