Pastor's Memo

  General Kirby Smith CSA surrendered his army in Galveston, Texas, June 2nd, 1865.  No other Confederate forces were in the field and all hostilities were thus ended.  It marked the official end of the American Civil War; known in the Confederacy as the War Between The States.  No matter by what name that bitter conflict is known, it tore asunder the fabric of our republic.  The same could be said for what we witness day after day in this pandemic season.  Disease, unemployment, and the raging of one neighborhood after another sparked by the death of George Floyd is smearing our nation's image across the world.  It is beyond a tragedy.  I don't know when it will end.  All told, nearly one million Americans died during the Civil War.  Killed in action or by wounds suffered in battle or by disease, total military and civilian deaths were nearly 3.25% of our total population.  Today, that would be almost 12 million.  Staggering?  Incomprehensibly so.  If we're not over the after shocks of that war, how long will it take for us to heal from this pandemic of violence and rage.   Lest we find new ways to demonstrate our anger toward and our distaste for our political adversaries, this evil that besets us will never disappear.  Genesis 6:5-6 records this sobering declaration by God: "The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that the inclination of the hearts and minds of men were only evil continually.  And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart."  Let us pray the LORD is not that sorry today.  How might we bring comfort to the sorrowing heart of God?