The news has been devastating this week out of Baltimore and Nepal. People are hurting.  And who is my neighbor?  Who is my brother?  My heart aches for the people of Baltimore, for injustice inflicted, for those who, by mob mentality, think it’s okay to riot, for those stuck in poverty, for police officers and their families, for National Guard called into service.  I stand with those who long for a better day and better way.  My heart aches for the people of Nepal, for all those who have lost so much.

These are my brothers and sisters.  We’ve come so far from the days and times of Martin Luther King, Jr., and yet, we have so far to go.  Join me in praying for the people of Baltimore.  Join me in praying for the people of Nepal.

If you would like to help beyond prayer, I’m not sure what we can do yet for Baltimore, but you can help the people of Nepal through Lutheran World Relief.  Here’s a link to how they are responding and how you can help, pray, give, and connect:  Lutheran World Relief Nepal

35 One of them, a legal expert, tested him. 36 “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. 38  This is the first and greatest commandment. 39  And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. – Matthew 22: 35-37

Prayer:  Lord, so much devastation.  Some we have brought on each other.  Forgive us.  Some has happened to us.  Help us. Help us help others.  Let us be bearers of your justice, your love, and your mercy to a world in need.  Amen.