Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) Blogs

Season of Peace

Daily Reflections

A Season of Peace: Sunday, September 15, 2019

Making peace by disrupting systematic racism Reflecting the glory of God  Rev. Ginna Bairby  Psalm 19:1  The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. Reflection: Racism is perhaps the most pernicious form of violence in our world today. Sometimes the violence of racism is explicit. A white police officer… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Saturday, September 14, 2019

Making peace by addressing root causes of poverty Hearing good news  Rev. Miriam Foltz  Jeremiah 4:19 My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh, the walls of my heart! My heart is beating wildly; I cannot keep silent; for I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. Reflection: Jeremiah heard the… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, September 13, 2019

Making peace by addressing root causes of poverty Refuge for the poor Rev. Rachel Shepherd Psalm 14:6 You would confound the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge. Reflection: The Lord is the refuge of the poor. A shelter. A safe space. People with housing often take this safety for granted, but people who… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Thursday, September 12, 2019

Making peace by addressing root causes of poverty Confronting the law  Rev. Miriam Foltz 1 Timothy 1:8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it legitimately. Reflection: Timothy writes that the law is laid down not for the innocent but for those who stray from the path of righteousness. But what… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Making peace by addressing root causes of poverty Money matters Rev. Rachel Shepherd Luke 18:22 “There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” Reflection: Jesus is like that person who stops you on the… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Making peace by addressing root causes of poverty Singing America  Rev. Miriam Foltz Psalm 101:1 I will sing of loyalty and of justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing. Reflection: As I left the grocery store, the mother and child asked me for Greyhound bus fare. With wrinkled clothes and wearied faces, they had… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Monday, September 9, 2019

Making peace by addressing root causes of poverty Integrity at home Rev. Rachel Shepherd Psalm 101:2 I will study the way that is blameless. When shall I attain it? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house. Reflection: This psalm asks a perennial human question: “When shall I attain the way that is… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Sunday, September 8, 2019

Making peace by addressing root causes of poverty Golden calves and American idols  Rev. Ginna Bairby  1 Kings 12:21–33  So the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold. He said to the people, “You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Here are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Saturday, September 7, 2019

What does it mean to commit to peace?  Just peacemaking: painfully and patiently  Rev. Raafat L. Zaki Mark 15:33–34 When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, September 6, 2019

What does it mean to commit to peace?  Finding God in the pause Susan Keil Smith  Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord; God inclined to me and heard my cry. Reflection: When I reflect on this Psalm, I recognize that patience and peacefulness are intertwined. The psalmist says, “I waited patiently for the… Read more »