Friday, February 19, 2021

Friday February 19, 2021

Just when it seems to have stopped it’s snowing again, just a light dusting where I am this morning, and although I usually say you could be in Minnesota or Finland, we can be grateful that at least our political leaders have always believed in the importance of community – we are hooked up to an interstate power grid notwithstanding our concerns about the previous administration’s attempt to stop green energy.

Go-it-alone Texas didn’t want any part of cooperation and its residents suffered a great deal over this past week due to its intransigence.  Yes, the lights are back on, but frozen pipes supplying water need to be fixed. Although their Congressional delegation opposed helping New York and New Jersey after Sandy in 2012 (remember?), we as members of the community known as the United States have reached out to Texas. 

Although levity does not usually accompany such tragedy, the fake commercial on Ted Cruz going to Cancun is funny; however, his behavior is not.  In fact, for a so-called leader to abandon his state in a time of crisis is reprehensible.

Prayer for the Day

Remembering the words of the prophets, we are saddened, O God,

   That people would be abandoned in the midst of their misery;

Hearing the lies that come from political hubris, we are angry, O God,

   That those elected to serve turn away from their responsibilities.

Empower us, O God of righteousness, to hold politicians accountable

   And embolden us to speak truth to power,

As did the One we follow,

   Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.

Thoughts for the Day

Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.

                        - Mitt Romney, U.S. Senator

The mouthpieces of the so-called public opinion . . . had neither sufficient moral force nor experience necessary to build up a new system.

                        - Mariia, Grand Duchess of Russia (1890-1958)

Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory, and lounge on their couches,

   And east lambs from the flock and calves from the stall;

Who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David improvise on instruments of music,

   Who drink wine from bowls and anoint themselves with the finest oils,

But are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph – therefore they shall be the first to go into exile,

   And the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.

                        Amos 6:4-6