Pastor’s Corner: A Better 2021

December 30, 2020

I have a habit of observing each year that we celebrate the New Year at an arbitrary time – for truly, any day to end an old year and begin a new year has to be an arbitrary time.

I’m not sure I’ve ever hoped (even prayed) that the arbitrary turning of one year into another has more actual impact on the world than I hope and pray this New Year. 2020 has been very hard. I’m ready for a better year.

Will we get one?

I have no talent to predict the future. The signs of the time are encouraging but hardly set in stone – and if we know anything about stone here on Hawai’i Island, it is that stone itself can turn to liquid and run away… We have vaccines in production and distribution, but as I write they will inoculate just two thirds of Americans by July. I haven’t heard information about other places in the world who are nearly as desperate for relief as we are.

We still face a likely crisis in homelessness as eviction moratoria expire in the state and the nation. Racism, sexism, and heterosexism have demonstrably remained with us in 2020 and will most likely persist in 2021. America’s wealthiest have seen their hoards increase throughout the pandemic while the poorest have lost their jobs or worked at high risk. American’s most powerful have been vaccinated before most health care workers, let alone the kupuna in care homes and the clerks in the grocery stores.

Will we get a better 2021 than 2020? We will have to make it one. We will have to turn empathy into action and compassion into comradeship. We will have to accept the hard truths of 2020, acknowledge the failures of courage and wisdom, and choose new paths for 2021.

Let’s make 2021 better. It won’t be easy. Let’s do it anyway.

With aloha,

Pastor Eric

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