Pastor’s Word: Better Angels

Judith_blogDear Church Family,

Currently I am reading The Better Angels of Our Nature. The title is taken from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. Toward the end of the book, there is a chapter about the better angels of our nature: the psychological faculties that steer us away from violence. The author explores why the better angels of our nature often fail to steer us away from violence and why history had to wait so long to engage them fully.

On Monday night, a dozen of us – men and women – had the privilege of watching Iron-Jawed Angels together at The Corinthian Bed and Breakfast next to the church. It was painful and almost incomprehensible to see the violent efforts exhibited – less than 100 years ago – against women in the attempt to withhold from them the right to vote. Upon reflection on the true story portrayed in the movie, I see that the better angels of our nature have steered us a long way from violence. I am grateful for this and for the ongoing opportunities at Grace to make us think and challenge us to move toward those better angels!

I look forward to seeing you Sunday.

Grace and Peace,
Judith Reedy

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