Like you, I’ve been hurting for our nation these past few weeks.
I’ve also found it challenging to know what to say in these days of turmoil, grief, and anger. I appreciate others who have spoken well, and I resonate with the words and spirit of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) recent statement. Here is a portion of it:
“We condemn racism and the violent abuse of power, call for justice for victims and their families, and exhort churches to combat attitudes and systems that perpetuate racism. We are grateful for law enforcement officers who honorably serve and protect our communities and urge our members to uphold them in prayer.“
It is my prayer that we would grieve with those who grieve, listen carefully and learn, and seek to better understand and to love well.
Thank you for continuing to pray for our Cadence staff as they and their ministries slowly emerge from quarantine and stay-at-home restrictions to discover and embrace a “new normal” of life and ministry. Our staff are following their local military, county, state, and country guidelines for regathering with their people in a safe manner.
Here are three reminders I recently sent Cadence staff. Perhaps these reminders relate not only to a “new normal’ as we emerge from this pandemic, but also to our response to the brokenness, pain, and injustice in our world.
1. Kindness is our Gift. Opinions may perhaps be even more varied and strong on this side of the pandemic than when we began this journey a few months ago. Let’s continue to represent the goodness, gentleness, and kindness of our God in our interactions, social media posts, and teachings.
2. Love is our Goal. We have all endeavored to love the people around us well during these months of isolation and face-to-face scarcity. And now as you pivot back to gatherings and hospitality, may your love guide you to thoughtfully care for your flocks, especially those with heightened vulnerabilities and anxieties.
3. Jesus is our Guide. We walk by faith, friends. Let’s continue to stay connected to our Vine of life and love, and trust Him to lead, guide, and protect us through these perilous days which afford us unusual opportunities to display His glory and advance His kingdom.
Your giving and prayers are vital to this ministry to our military, and I thank you!