Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass
Meditation: These days many people wake up in the middle of the night feeling anxious. Others wonder if they should travel out of the country and if they will be allowed back in. Our hearts beat faster. Life seems overwhelming and more stressful than usual. America has become unsafe. Not just for immigrants and certain minorities. A threat to some of us is a threat to all of us. The rhetoric of violence and threats creeps into our unconscious through repetitive use by those in power, who want us to be afraid. Creating chaos is a great way to distract people and keep them preoccupied with their emotional reactions to what is happening instead of allowing them to think and respond. The ones in power share this conspiracy to keep the masses distracted, reactive and ignorant so they can do what they want. The goal is absolute power and status while becoming the richest persons in the world.
Prayer: God, when our legal system becomes perverted, when rhetoric is meant to scare, when democratic values are being overturned with force, we feel helpless, anxious and overwhelmed. You are the One that stands for justice, for equal rights for all and for peace. We pray for your church and all faith communities around the world. Let us find ways to unite. Let the politicians around the world find ways to unite to provide resistance to what is happening. Help our souls to ground ourselves in you. Amen
Psalm 4:9 In peace I will lie down and fall asleep, for you alone, Lord, make me secure.