Pastor David Weekley reminded me of the following scripture:
Jeremiah 8: 21-23: “The wounds of my people wound me too. Is there no balm in Gilead? Who will turn my head into a fountain and my eyes into a spring of tears so that I may weep all day, all night for the wounded out of my people?”
Is there a balm in Gilead?
Is there a balm here? Something to soothe your soul? Have we so wounded ourselves in our "he said-she said" "I'm right-you're wrong" society that there is no balm that will heal us?
I was hoping that with the election gone, there would be quiet for a while. However, I am hearing accusations flying placing the blame of the elections failure or success at the feet of everybody but the person in the mirror. It is time to put divisive voices aside and focus on healing. This is true for the United States and it is true for the UMC. In no way do we have to all agree. Nowhere does it say that. In fact, in the Book of Discipline of the UMC, it lists two Articles of Religion. Well, one Article of Religion (from the Methodist Church) and one Confession of Faith (from the Evangelical United Brethren Church). This is extraordinary! They are not quite the same. So from the beginning of the UMC, we have agreed to disagree. What matters, is the more excellent way of love. (1 Corinthians 12:28-13:1-13). The way of love is above arguments about interpretation of scripture. First love. First patience. First kindness.
There's where you will find your balm.