One of the results of waiting in the airport in Atlanta is that CNN always on in the background. The news from Blacksburg, VA is horrific. Most often when I am in Atlanta, very few people are interested in what is happening on the TV screens. However today, many in the gate waiting for the flight are watching. Some people walking by the gate will stop and watch the news as it is happening. It is an event that has pulled people together in the public arena in a way that does not often happen.
What is my role as a pastor here in the airport?
What would my role as a pastor in Blacksburg be?
Is my role as a pastor in a community geographically distant from VA the same or different? If different, what is the difference?
I’m not sure what the answer to these questions are. I know that I am called to pray for each person affected today, for the peace of communities around the country, and for God’s kingdom to come on earth. At times, it just seems that we are so far away from God’s dream for the world.