Dear Chapel family,

This morning, I have been reflecting on the protests and violence across our nation. I am saddened by everything that has brought us to this point. The events in Georgia, NYC and Minneapolis this spring have been horrifying to watch and grieving to reflect upon. They show us what our black brothers and sisters have told us for a long time. Racism, even in its most violent forms, is real. It is not just an issue from a bygone era or only in the deep south. I too am saddened by the violence and damage of current events unfolding around our country. The outrage is understandable, but the violence is misplaced and will only cause further sadness.

I pray this morning for our nation. I pray for peace – not just for tranquility, but for true peace that comes from the presence of justice. I pray for the families of those who have been hurt and killed. I pray for my brothers and sisters of color. I pray for our leaders and our cities. Mostly I pray that Jesus’ kingdom, its way of life, its justice, and its equality would come in increasing measure until the fulness of our Lord’s appearing.

Lord, comfort us, inspire us, and galvanize us, that we may be one as you are one and that the world may know that we are yours because we stand together, a united people, filled with love for each other and the world around us. Amen”

Scott Chapman