Two things strike you immediately about life in the USA as you arrive. Politics and Religion. And more specificically, Obama vs Romney and the Gay and Lesbian Lifestyle and Christianity. Both camps on either side of the divide have their supporters, but it would appear to me, as an outsider, that while the Presidential my , as a sermon on the death John the Baptist, the prophet, somehow morphed into a message to be inclusive in support for, " all of God's children", even if it takes us into the uncomfortable arena of accepting the gay lifestyle. " As we can kill the messenger, but the word of God lives on forever." Wow!
Then I went and read the news on line from back home and learned how they murdered a colleague, and someone on whom I depended professionally, Dr. Chamberlain, a Radiologist who lived for many years in the USA and then came back home to practice in rural Jamaica. Very disturbing news indeed, as I had spoken to him on the telephone during the week, not knowing that it was to be the very last this side of eternity
During the past week also, before leaving home to spend time with family in the USA, the Lord prompted the following e-mail which was triggered by a discussion I had with someone in my church who, for one reason or another, shared with me about, " losing the joy of worship". An issue which I shared with my Bible study group. No doubt the passage from the Thessalonians was meant to prepare me to deal with the continued challenges facing Christians, including my children, who attend a Episcopalian church ( Anglican in Jamaica), and who disagree with the direction in which the church is heading, and thus may be losing the joy of worship, but still called to be part of a family going through a crisis. In the same may we in Jamaica are constantly faced with crime and violence and may be losing the joy of living in that blessed country, but are still in love with the land and the people regardless of the many challenges.