Dear sisters and brothers,
The needs and struggles of the world are ever before us. The old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind,” however, often holds true. What we no longer see, what is not present before us and pressing upon us, can all too easily be forgotten. If we don’t feel it and see it, if it doesn’t affect us … then perhaps it is of no real concern at all. This, however, is contrary to the Gospel of Christ. Contrary to how we are to live in the world as Christians.
Without question, the weight and intensity of such concerns can be too much for us to bear, but that does not release us from our holy and sacred call to be present with those in need. We must not forget, we must not put aside, the cries and longings of those who suffer. Because our cupboard is full, we can’t forget the struggle of those who have no food. Because we go about our daily lives free and unencumbered, we cannot forget those who are locked away in our system of mass incarceration. Because we know the love of family and friends, we cannot forget those who live lives of “quiet desperation.”
As we now prepare to embark on this new program year, may mutual love, genuine affection, and humble service be our guide that all may know the healing and loving truth of God.
The Rev. Paul Jeanes III