“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for the one who shall have borne the battle and for the widow and the orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” ― Abraham Lincoln, Great Speeches/
“The very good people did not convince me; I felt they'd never been tempted. But you knew; you understood; you felt the world outside tugging at one with all its golden hands - and you hated the things it asked of one; you hated happiness bought by disloyalty and cruelty and indifference. That was what I'd never known before - and it's better than anything I've known.”
― Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
Scripture Reading: Luke 4: 1-13
The ministry of Jesus . . . happens in the space between the clinging and the yarning. if there is only clinging, then the words are only critical. If there is yearning, there is a chance that the words are energizing. The staggering work of Jesus – feeding, healing, casting out, forgiving – happened not to those who held on to the old order but to those who yearned because the old order had failed them. – Walter Brueggemann
Scripture reading: Luke 5: 1-11
The Rev. Seth Wispelwey
Interim Pastor of Rincon Congregational UCC.