A Letter From Our Rector

The Rev. Eileen Walsh, Rector

Deacon Margery


Dear St. Christopher’s Family,
 
As I write this we are coming to the end of August.  What a very sad month this has been. Between the divisiveness in our country, attacks throughout the world, and now the devastation of Hurricane Harvey it is hard for me to think of what I might write that would in some way inspire those of you who will read this.  So maybe I will just share a few things that have helped me through this month.

I believe that when we spew hatred at one another, act violently toward each other, or succumb to any type of prejudice or bigotry, we break God’s heart.  When we are loving, accepting, open, and compassionate, we can begin to repair God’s broken heart and a broken world.  We cannot fight hate with hate.  The only answer to hate is love.  I believe that is one of the reasons Jesus told us to love our enemies.  Quite simply, it works better!  So I look to the people who are trying to heal God’s broken heart, and I try to emulate them and do whatever I can in my own small way to bring healing too.  One great example of this for me is our own Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry.  Bishop Curry has many wonderful catch phrases but my favorite is “If it’s not about love, it’s not about God.”  It doesn’t get much more straightforward than that!  I can think of no better mantra for those of us who claim to be followers of Christ.

And of course now we must watch as people are suffering the devastating affects of Hurricane Harvey.  I think it’s much harder to find words of comfort and hope in the face of such overwhelming loss in a natural disaster.  I hope you will continue to pray and if you are able to donate I have included the names of two very good organizations at the end of this letter.

One of my other favorite theologians, Mr. Rogers, said the following about coping in times of disaster:

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me:’ Look for the Helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.”

I have seen so many reports about people helping their neighbors, first responders coming from all over the country, and rescues of beloved family pets.  Yes, there are people who will take advantage of a situation like this but I’m with Fred, I choose to look for the helpers.

Prayers for a better month ahead.                          
Blessings,
Eileen+


rector@st-christophers-portsmouth.org

Episcopal Relief and Development
Hurricane Harvey Response Fund
P.O. Box 7058
Merrifield, Va. 22116
www.episcopalrelief.org

www.texasdiaperbank.org

(People often forget that in times of disaster people not only need food and water but families with young children and babies need diapers!)

 

 

 
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