The poignant words of Jesus were echoed by President Lincoln over 150 years ago. These words are just as relevant today as they were for a nation on the brink of civil war. We are a divided people. We are a divided nation. In some ways, we are a divided Church. In the midst of it all, we are dared to reclaim what binds us all together- the confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and our call to embody the good news of God’s love where we are, in this time and place.
Our prayers are with our nation, our current President, and his family, grateful for their service. Our prayers are with our President-elect and his family, may God be with him as he navigates the complexities of who we are as a nation. Our prayers are with a courageous woman who made history and inspired young girls (and others) to consider opportunities unattainable for generations prior. Even more, our prayers are with each of you and all of our churches as you walk alongside members of your congregations and neighbors near and far. May you offer assurance that in Jesus Christ, “all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17).
People of Hope, in the midst of all that seeks to divide us as a people, we have serious and urgent work before us. We may not be sure of what this must look like, but one thing is certain, the same God who who rose Christ from the dead will raise us up in our brief moment in time. We need to make it count – and we need to find a way to do it together! In the words of Hamilton, we need to “rise up” and “not throw away our shot.” That shot goes far beyond this election.
Grace and Peace,
The Leadership of the Presbytery of Philadelphia