Second Sunday After Epiphany | January 10, 2021
From Pastor Pat Kriss
It’s been an upsetting and confusing couple of days for most of us Americans. If there’s one thing we have learned from what took place Wednesday afternoon in Washington DC, it is that there is a virus more insidious than Covid-19, and it is the virus of hatred.
Hatred is contagious. It can infect the person that it targets, and turn them into people who are as bad as the ones who hated them first. The human brain at its worst is that “monkey brain” that operates without a thought to consequences, as a knee jerk reaction to fear. Far too much time has been spent pitting "The Left" against "The Right" -- a waste of our time.
But there is a grace, too, that God offers us if we are willing to accept it, and that is the grace of transforming this moment into a better one. As an antidote to the virus, I offer you the following, and ask you: Which will you choose?
In the Hands of Man
He who creates a poison, also has the cure.
He who creates a virus, also has the antidote.
He who creates chaos, also has the ability to create peace.
He who sparks hate, also has the ability to transform it to love.
He who creates misery, also has the ability to destroy it with kindness.
He who creates sadness, also has the ability to convert it to happiness.
He who creates darkness, can also be awakened to produce illumination.
He who spreads fear, can also be shaken to spread comfort.
Any problems created by the left hand of man,
Can also be solved with the right,
For he who manifests anything,
Also has the ability to Destroy it.”
-- Suzy Kassem, writer and poet
May your Epiphany days ahead be filled with transformation, and peace. -- Pastor Pat Kriss
We extend our condolences to Pastor Juana Villavecenzio on the passing of her beloved husband Lionel, after a long and valiant struggle with illness. I will officiate a graveside service next Wednesday, January 13.
A celebration of Lionel’s life will take place at a later date.
Deer Hill Thrift Shop Re-Open Delayed
The Thrift Shop will remain closed for the next two weeks as a result of the expected rise in COVID infections. We plan to reopen on January 16.
We wish you a safe and healthy new year, and we look forward to seeing you in the Thrift Shop again!
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