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Ponderings from the Parish Associate - November 2023


We have now been overwhelmed with reports of war. For over a year, we have had images of Ukraine and the damage to buildings that housed innocent civilians. The Russians have been labeled as the “bad guys” and we have been lulled to believe that the loss of their lives bring us closer to victory.

Now we have the Israel and Hamas war to occupy the nightly news, and images of atrocities on both sides have appalled our senses. Our leaders have vowed to support Israel while using words of caution as well as providing humanitarian aid.

The Old Testament is filled with images of war and destruction. The promised land is won by violence. As Jesus arrives, the country is occupied by the Romans. His message is not political, but rather focused on all people and especially those in need. Perhaps the take-away for us is to pray for peace and all those everywhere who are victims.

~Rev. Dr. Fred Leasure, Parish Associate


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