Good people of West Parish,
Amidst all the other crises and issues in our community and the world, there has been especially unsettling news the last couple of days. The rhetoric between the United States and North Korea has many of us anxious, although we are told that we can "sleep well at night." Hmmm.
May we pray for peace. May we speak out for peace. May we reject the ways of violence. May we follow the ways of Jesus: blessed are the peacemakers. Do not resist an evil doer; turn the other cheek. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. In everything do to others as you would have them do to you. Love your neighbor as yourself. First be reconciled to your brother or sister. (The Gospel of Matthew.) May we hear, and follow.