From the Pastor . . .

February 1, 2022

On Saturday night last week, your deacons and I joined our neighbors at Congregation

Dor Tamid for Shabbat service. It was an act of radical hospitality. We did this to offer

our encouragement and support following the hostage situation at the synagogue in

Colleyville, Texas, earlier that week.

 

Each and every time the congregation meets, they have police presence for added

security. This is not unusual for Jewish congregations as they regularly encounter anti-

Semitism and acts of violence.

 

As we worshiped together, Rabbi Jordan Ottenstein quoted Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King,

Jr., saying, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive

out hate, only love can do that.” He then reminded us that love is our call as a

community.

 

We work together in love to overcome hate and to overcome the darkness as we share the

light. Sometimes it is difficult to overcome the hate and to be the light in the world as

fear rises up within us. But fear should not stop us.

 

As Moses was leading the Israelites out of Egypt and away from captivity, they stood

before the Red Sea. I am sure there was a moment of fear. But the Lord told the people to

just get going. God said, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” They

could have remained on the shore for fear that the waters might come crashing down, but

they took that first step, with confidence that the Lord was fighting for them.

 

When fear threatens to overcome us, we need to remember that our call is to overcome

the darkness by bringing light into the world. We just need to take that first step and

remember that the Lord will do the fighting.

Grace and Peace,

 

Pastor Caroline