ASK THE PASTOR

There is no ASK THE PASTOR answer this Monday as no question was submitted for consideration.  Therefore, I will take the liberty to decide what fills this memo space.  We are still in the midst of a pandemic; being assaulted in many ways by the COVID-19 virus.  We are now under a kind of siege on account of the public disorienting caused by the death of George Floyd last May 25th in Minnesota.  Mr. Floyd's shocking death has once again focused the attention of the public and the legal system in a furious way.  How this tragic incident will be resolved is still to be determined.  When, if ever, there will be agreement about Mr. Floyd's death is unclear.  There will be a trial; maybe several.  There will be lawsuits.  Maybe millions of dollars will be paid out in compensation to Mr. Floyd's family.  A very public stain now marks May 25th.  What has followed in city and town across America since the 25th is also a stain on our visage.  Not in this generation or the next will it be wiped clean.  As to the legal proceedings that will attempt to reveal the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, I have no comment.  However, I can comment on this tragedy from a pastoral perspective.  Mr. Floyd is dead.  His family is in grief.  His neighbors and friends are aggrieved and angry.  An entire nation demands justice be served and be seen to be served.  That will take months, perhaps years.  In the meantime, we see yet again how fragile we humans are.  We act and re-act.  We fall prey to power and perception.  We behave toward each other with little regard to truth and reason.  Our anger, however justified, can overwhelm our reason and we demonstrate how quickly we can descend into anarchy.  Mr. Floyd did not cause this nationwide tidal wave of destructiveness.  His unnecessary death became the flash point for other human beings to make known their grievances.  Welcome to a world of tears.  It has ever been so.  We will find the burdens of our mortality touching our hearts more deeply and more tragically with each day we live.  Pray our hearts have a reservoir of humanity that gives us power to forgive and resolve to be more humane in what's left of this life.  It will make a difference in the next.