Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. – Isaiah 1:17

This is just a quick follow up to my last post. I am thankful for my community where citizens, law enforcement, and government can peacefully come together to protest injustice and to pray and pursue understanding and change. I was pleased to see about a dozen pastors and at least a handful of my church members there.

Keep praying for our leaders to make courageous, wise choices that promote justice and for concerned citizens to passionately plead for justice in ways that are compassionate and profitable rather than violent or hateful.

Below are a couple pictures from the march and a link to some pictures taken by the local paper.

Image may contain: one or more people and outdoorImage may contain: one or more people, people standing, crowd, tree, sky and outdoorLink to Times Herald pictures  Here.  (I’m in the third one down…black mask behind one of my church members who has his mask pulled down)

9 thoughts on “Follow Up

    1. Yes, with a bunch of precautions/distancing in place and a big “no pressure to attend if you’re high risk or otherwise uncomfortable”… it’ll be interesting to see how it goes and how many turn out

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      1. We’re pretty much in the same boat. Our leadership team sent out a survey and I think that only about half the congregation feels comfortable coming back. I’m raring to go though. While not a touch person, I SO miss shaking peoples’ hands or clapping them on the shoulder in encouragement.

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      1. Zoom was the best we could do, but they also bought some video equipment so live streaming on their facebook page is going to be a thing now, period.

        Wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of our elderly don’t come back for at least another month. I’m doing my best to keep my mouth shut and making sure I don’t make anyone feel guilty about wearing a mask. But I tell you, if I hear one person trying to guilt someone else (myself included) into wearing a mask, well, I’m already praying about that…

        thanks for asking. How are you doing as a pastor? Are you getting it from people like me and people on the other side of the spectrum?

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  1. It’s been pretty stressful with lots of conflicting questions/pressure/opinions about not only safety precautions but also what it looks like to obey the governing authorities. Thankfully, I don’t have any actively divisive people in the church (at least as far as I know), and no one in the leadership team has such a big ego that they can’t listen to input from others and seek the good of all rather than grandstanding. Honestly, I think things have gone about as smoothly as they possibly could so far and I’m very thankful for that, but I’m still going to need a vacation once things settle into a more predictable pattern! I think I have a little more gray in my beard than when this all started…

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    1. Glad to hear that. And better get those vacation plane tickets really soon. If things start to normalize in any way, flight prices are going to start going back up.

      And at least it is grey and not white. I’ve noticed my goatee is turning white on my chin and it’s spreading. I remember that used to be my criteria for being old, ie, you had white hair 😀

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