“A Holy Week Prayer” by Pastor Dabee

Every day in recent months, it seems like we are bombarded with news of violent, hate-filled acts carried out on humanity by fellow human beings. From the deadly Capitol riots on our nation’s capital to the mass murders in Atlanta, GA and Boulder, CO and more recently, an unprovoked attack – stomping on an Asian woman in NYC, going to Church.

Has our world spun out of control? What ever happened to civility and being my brother’s or sister’s keeper? Where is the love these days?

[Jesus said]34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13)

Jesus commands us as he did his first followers – Jesus gives us a mandate to humble ourselves in service to God and to our neighbors we have from God. That’s it, period…so, I’ve got to ask: How are we doing?

I know that the effects of COVID-19 are weighing heavily on us… we have suffered and continue to suffer tremendously. We have lost freedoms and opportunities, some of us businesses, jobs and relationships and most devasting of all, the death of loved ones – family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.

But if there is one thing this global pandemic has taught us is that we need each other more than ever in order to survive and what affects one of us directly affects all of us indirectly. So, let’s get busy, embodying Christ in the things we say and do – be that witness of God’s love so that our world would be a kinder, gentler and better place to live in – for us today and generations to come after us.

Let us pray… Holy God, source of all love, on the night of his betrayal, Jesus gave us a new commandment, to love one another as he loves us. Write this commandment in our hearts, and give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Rev. Romeo K. Dabee
JFK Airport Community Minister/Chaplain
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