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Compassion, Peace and Justice Monthly Newsletter | January 2020
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A decade is often weighted as a significant measure of time, but in the span of our existence, 10 years is a mere blink of the eye. Decades are markers of time heavy with "should have done’s" or "if only’s" yet lifted with future aspirations and dreams of what will be.

We find ourselves in a new decade that will see change, surface goals, and inspire hopes. But in this newness of time, may we also be steeped in the moments, the seconds, the events of the now instead of the lofty false realities we fixate in our minds that can often lead to hurt and idols. May we be attuned to the kin-dom of God as we are experiencing it in our walk with one another and in our work as instigators of God’s compassion. May our time be filled with moments of growth, seconds of challenge, events of transformation that spur realities of dismantling systems of sin and evil.

When we walk with our siblings who are immigrants, when we stand with displaced people, when we empower the youth of our world…it is in these moments, these seconds, these instantaneous events, daily thoughts and actions that change our lives and transform our world.

So, may we go where the Spirit moves for the Spirit cannot be contained in time nor in our own presumptions and wants. And may we be invited to the now for it is now that our siblings hurt, mourn, grieve, laugh, cry, and express whom God created us to be.

Lee Catoe
Managing Editor of Unbound and Associate for Young Adult Social Witness   

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