A Weight Has Lifted

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“Oh, the joys of those who walk not after the advice of the wicked…”

Psalm 1: 1

For the last several days I have been testing my feelings. I notice a lightness and realize it is as if a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Yet, there is still something that feels restrained, as if I cannot let go into joy.

It has been a long four years of watching our country go down what the psalmist in psalm one would call “the path of sinners.” It is not easy to let go of the burden of sorrow over our country and trust that healing is coming. However, hope tells me to believe that things can get better.

On the same Wednesday that our new president took office I noticed for the first time that the daylight was staying with us longer. The daylight’s presence with us had been inching up each day but I had not noticed. On Wednesday I did. This, too, seems appropriate as we close the chapter on the last four years and move into a new chapter.

I realize that we need to get through the trial of the last president and hold all parties accountable for the insurrection on January 6th before we can move on and not feel restrained in our joy. And then, of course, life will be a series of ups and downs, and a mix of joys and sufferings, but at least we can expect that it will settle into familiar patterns.

After things fall into place again, how good it would be if those who represent us in the House of Representatives and the Senate would truly work on our behalf and for the general welfare of us all. Let us watch and see what they do and be ready to speak up if they fail us.

My beloved ones, may we share the joys of those who walk not after the advice of the wicked.

Bishop Kedda

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