The week has been full. I have been following the news out of Afghanistan, in part because I have friends who have sons who are in country, and in part because this far off country's fate is vital to our nation's fate as well. When I was in college and studying journalism, "Afghanistan" was a synonym for writing about something safe, something so far away that one could safely opine away without running the risk of offending anyone locally. That was indeed a different world. I watch the end of the Newshour on PBS and stand in silent honor as they show the names and photos of those who have recently died in Afghanistan and Iraq. The number of dead U.S. service men and women is rising. Oh, Lord, give us peace. Give peace to your world.
For this Friday, here is a prayer, sung, for the Holy Spirit to be upon this world. Let this bless your day.
An ELCA pastor serving in the Great Plains, trying to find my way as a confessional Lutheran through the maze of issues roiling my denomination. I subscribe to the rule of the Society of the Holy Trinity. I struggle with how broad the church can be without losing any true sense of fidelity to the faith of the apostles which has been handed down to us.