Greetings!

This week's devotion comes from FCC member, Jean Tidball.
Jean refers to Sirach 6:37:

Reflect on the statutes of the Lord, and meditate at all times on his commandments. It is he who will give insight to your mind, and your desire for wisdom will be granted.
Sirach 6: 37
Destruction of Civil War Statues: 

I recently watched destruction of statues of Civil War southern military men such as Robert E. Lee. I had seen such acts before, but this time I was troubled. Previously I had seen theses acts as destruction of history.  History is important. It records the path along which our nation has moved. It should be preserved.

I then watched George Floyd’s murder, and began to think differently about the history of black people in America. I was born and have spent my life as a “northerner”. I think of the Confederacy as a mistake, which was corrected by the Civil War. Recently, however I am beginning to see the Confederacy, in its support of slavery, as wrong. For the first time I have put a value judgment on the Confederacy. Any government, which allows the devaluation of a group of human beings so as to consider them slaves, is wrong.

I have received new insight. Insight comes from God. I now understand that statues paying public tribute to warriors in a war to preserve slavery should not stand. 
Prayer: 

Oh, God. Keep the “a-ha” moments coming. Keep active our sensitivity to insights you reveal. Help us evaluate them thoughtfully and build wisdom on matters with which we have little experience.
I ask this in Jesus’ name,
Amen.