This week, the attention of our nation turned from the coronavirus to the virus of racism and civil unrest. Like you, I am grieved by the tragic events that have unfolded in recent weeks.
I’d like to take a moment to celebrate generosity. The generosity of you, the Ward Church congregation, displayed in your year-end giving. At the beginning of December, we were facing the overwhelming goal of $844,021 in December giving in order to finish the year 2018 on target. When challenged to reflect on God’s faithfulness this past year and to “finish strong” with your giving in response, you stepped up to the challenge.
You may not be surprised to hear that I have spent a fair share of time in various medical settings over the past fifteen months. Since my cancer diagnosis, surgery and now remission, Dr. Balaraman’s office has been one of my frequented stops. One thing I have learned along the way, through the passion of my oncologist, is the great need for organ donors in our state.
Last week we witnessed hatred and violence in its ugliest form: racism. We then witnessed a public and political debate about the “proper” response. At a time when you would expect all people to come together to condemn bigotry and to pray for peace, the lines of division only seem to deepen. These days are darker and more dangerous than a solar eclipse.