Merriam-Webster defines healing as to become free from injury or disease: to return to a sound state.
Like many across the planet, I sit here shocked by yesterday’s Washington, D.C. events at the U.S. Capitol Building. Insurrectionists, not patriots, stormed what many consider hallowed grounds of this Republic. People walked about, vandalizing historical documents and offices, all in the name of anarchy.
Lawmakers and civilians, forced to clear the area. People were put in harm’s way. Pandemonium and violence played out in real-time on cable news and social media sites across the world. For some, the events of January 6, 2021, served as the final nail in our Democracy, indeed a day of epiphany.
Well, today is January 7, 2021. The day after. Armchair experts providing their insights into what went right and what went wrong. Talking heads will soon offer their opinions as the world continues to spin.
But let’s not forget the significance of yesterday. Epiphany represents the end of the Christmas season, commemorating how a star led The Magi to the Christ Child, Jesus.
If yesterday ends a season, then today begins a new one. A season of healing. A time for our nation to come together, regardless of political, economic, or religious beliefs, and work together to return The United States of America to a sound state, free from injury or disease. The disease of dissent; of insurrection.
Over the next days and weeks, we will hear voices cry out for justice, for those in power to be held accountable. And while we should condemn the actions of those involved in yesterday’s events, I also call for a moment of grace. Of peace. For the world to see the manifestation of Matthew 5:9. For Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
May God bless you, your families, your friends, and your enemies. And may God Bless the United States of America.