Lord, you have been our refuge from age to age. Psalm 90:1
In Future Shock Alvin Toffler said we were entering a world where accelerating change would overwhelm people. In the 50 years since Future Shock was published, it is easy to think Toffler was correct. In a wave of information, there have been profound changes in our culture. If someone has a cause, they can climb onto a soapbox and instantly reach thousands worldwide. Each morning we are greeted with a new outrage of the day. New ideas about family, work, and spirituality bombard us. In this flood of information, there are magnificent ideas and evil ideas. I was busy navigating all of this, and a pandemic arrived. As I write this, we have marked 2,000,000 deaths, and the total is rising. At the same time, the roots of our democracy are under attack.
So, where do we find ourselves in this world? God loves us. Throughout creation, God’s love for us has been constant. At the root, God loves us, and we love God. In turn, we are, with God’s help, to love all our fellows.
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.