From the General Presbyter
I want to first address the faithful pastors in this Presbytery of Baltimore. Please hear me; there is no way you can possibly carry the heavy burdens this world has put on us in these violent and terrible times. Words often fail in the face of today’s shooting in Texas. There are not enough platitudes or scripts from pastoral care books or lofty speeches that will save those parents from unimaginable grief. And all the experience and education you may have cannot possibly prepare you for the madness of war and gun violence of this age. So do what you can. Preach, teach and care for your people and know that I, and the Presbytery leadership are caring for you. As our Quaker friends say, we are holding you in the Light.
Everyone, take time in silent prayer, dwell in the “thin places” and receive the strength that only God can provide. Hold loved ones close and pray for one another by name, for I believe there is power in collective prayer.
And then rise and “serve the Lord with gladness” for we are grieving AND we have hope.