Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Can harmony be restored?

A few days ago, up in the International Space Station, Scott Kelly, the commanding officer, spoke over the radio as flight controllers in Houston fell silent. "As I look out the window, I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful," he said. "Unfortunately, it is not. These days, we are constantly reminded of the unspeakable acts of violence and damage we can inflict upon one another, not just with our actions, but also with our irresponsible words," he said. "We're better than this," he said. "We must do better."

In these days following the shooting in Tuscon Arizona, we grieve for 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green who was born on 9/11; we mourn for Federal judge John Roll, and Phyliss Schneck, Gabe Zimmerman, Dorothy Morris and Dorwan Stoddard as well as the 14 others who were injured in this act of violence, and we pray for a complete recovery for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. We should also pray for the young man who perpetrated this evil, we should always remember the words of the Bible, "So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).

I have also been listening as both sides of our political system have been pointing fingers and assessing blame. I don't know about you, but I am getting a little fed up with the lack of civility that has been growing in our country. I don't want to be cynical, but can harmony be restored?

Actually, I believe it can. When a group of people are singing together, it has been said, "If you can't hear the voices beside you - you're singing too loudly." If we are going to take part in restoring harmony, then we need to be able to hear others; we need to deliberately alter our behavior and our attitudes so that we can hear our brothers and sister’s hearts and voices.

Restoring harmony begins and ends with prayer. I invite you to spend some time today, and throughout this week, and consider your part in preventing the breakdown of a community you belong to. Do you need to be real about yourself? Do you need to stop pushing your agenda on everybody? Do you need to humble yourself in some way? In your prayer time, ask God:
“What do I need to do to be a part of the solution and less of a problem for this community?”

Please take a moment to listen to God.


Chuck Conkling said...


Thanks for the continued writings. While you may not receive a comment each day, please know that some readers are still out there. You are promoting the ability for people to think about God each time you mention some aspect of Him.

So, think of it this way- when we read your entries, we are taking a moment to listen to God. It just happens to be coming through YOU.

Rev. Dr. Bill Brown said...

Thank you Chuck. I appreciate your feedback. I know people are reading, but I also know that if no one read the blog, I still need to write.