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Yesterday I was asked to give a prayer at a unity and remembrance gathering at Temple Emanu-el in Longview, Texas in response to the senseless shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg.
Below is the prayer that I gave as well as some pictures.
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O how we long for the day when swords will be beaten into plowshares and that love will be standard in which we guide our lives.
This past Saturday I gave the invocation and benediction at a rally for Texas Public Education in Longview, Texas.
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Below is the sermon I preached at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Longview, Texas, based on Mark 10:35-45.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.”
John 1:5 CEB
Taken in Longview, Texas September 21, 2018.
While it might seem cliche given that almost every social media post today as had this phrase, it is important that the events of 9-11-2001 not be forgotten. Thousands of people lost their lives that day in a senseless act of violence. Our world is completely different now; that fateful day changed the way that we as Americans view the world and the threats leveled against us. This does not mean that we do not have hope. We cling to the hope that new day will come. We cling to the hope that a new era of peace will come. As a follower of Christ, I cling to the notion that Christ’s ultimate message of rooted and grounded in love, peace, and justice.
17 years have passed since that morning.
May we never forget.