Another Chance

Another Chance

Author: The Rev. Dr. David Bridges, Priest
December 29, 2020

Alleluia! A new year begins! 2020 certainly was way-up on my weird-o-meter! For the first part of 2021 things will be much the same as they have been for the last ten months or so. But, I can see a light at the end of the tunnel; perhaps by June 2021 we will be learning and practicing a new, more relaxed normal.

Being able to mingle socially again will be very nice. I miss shaking hands and hugging (most of you know I am not much of a hugger, but I still miss it). Overcoming pandemic will take time, but it will happen.

There is another, perhaps more lingering problem we as a society and community must deal with; anger. 2020 was a year of extreme anger in the United States. The effects of violent protests, mass unemployment, increased poverty, election questions, and a general hatred of others has allowed anger to take deep root in our society.

Anger breeds more anger, and the cycle continues, gaining strength as it grows. I am concerned with the problem of how much of what we really “know” is factual. I have noticed that the TV news stories are very different depending on which channel I watch. There are five news networks I scan every morning.

Each one emphasizes a different angle on the same subjects. They are all guilty of sensationalizing stories, at least partially, and highlighting a “problem” or “concern” that you as a viewer should be “very worried” about, but that is not enough. They seem to want us to choose sides and destroy the “other” side.

I can’t help thinking how “un-American” that seems. I remember a time when Americans could disagree and still be friends, or at least, remain civil toward one another. I believe it is the will of God for all of us to work together for the good of all, not for the benefit of only a few.

A new year is another chance to change for the good. 2021 is another chance to be the people we know we are deep down; honest, hard-working, devoted, unified. The Book of Common Prayer includes a prayer I would like to share with you:

“Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (BCP 1979, page 823, #27)

Let’s use 2021 as a time of healing and unity. We are better that our anger. We are better together than we are divided. Remember, “A house divided against itself cannot survive”. (Mark 3:25)

Blessings and Peace to You All,
Fr. David+


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