Advent 2016: Standing Rock

Readings: Psalm 21; Isaiah 24:1-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

As I read today’s advent passages, I’m reminded of yesterday’s news that the Army Corp of Engineers had determined NOT to run the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. This was such a huge win for the First Nations people of that reservation, for the protestors who have been fighting since August, and really for all of us who have been wanting this decision to land on the right side for people.

The earth is defiled by its people;
they have disobeyed the laws,
violated the statutes
and broken the everlasting covenant. (Isaiah 24:5)

As snow falls in Hawaii and Polar Bears search for enough ice to live on, I’m reminded that the world that God made for us continues to try to fight for us…care for us…be here for us.

Let there be Peace on Earth and Let it Begin with Me…maybe we should start with how we treat this place that we live. Let’s start by treating the tribes of indigenous people in our land and their holy and sacred places with more respect. Let’s follow this idea…

But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other, for God himself has taught you to love one another.

Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. (1 Thessalonians 4: 9 & 11)


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