Hope, like every virtue, is a choice that becomes a practice that becomes spiritual muscle memory. It’s a renewable resource for moving through life as it is, not as we wish it to be. This little snippet of wisdom comes from Krista Tippett. (You can connect to her work by going to www.onbeing.org and signing up for her e-mails or connecting to her podcast.)
Today, her wisdom rings particularly true as I write, having just returned to my desk after praying with 150 others at the Whipple Detention Center at Ft. Snelling. Life as it is right now is not as we wish it to be for those seeking asylum and welcome in this country. We gathered this morning to pray, sing, walk and bear witness to what our government is doing in our names these days. We also remembered by name those who have died in our detention centers and in our deserts. Risking your life to find a better one is not something you can do without being a person of hope. Standing in vigil to witness to injustice is not something you can do for very long unless you are a person of hope.
If you’re hanging on to hope, too, there are two things you can do.
- First, will you join me some second Tuesday morning at the Whipple Building? The next vigil is Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 a.m.
Secondly, will you pray with me? You’ll notice on our Social Justice weekly bulletin page a new prayer space titled, Love Builds Bridges, Not Walls. Each week this space will contain a name of someone caught in our broken immigration system who is need of our prayers. Some are waiting in a Minnesota detention center. Some are in a jail waiting for transport. Some have already been deported.
Join me in prayer for them.