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In our current Lessons From Leaders sermon series, I mentioned the late Nelson Mandela who kept moving ahead toward his vision of a better South Africa and world. In seeing the heart-breaking images of children and families in overcrowded holding pens where bedding, showers and simple toiletries including diapers are in short and dire supply, I am reminded of a great truth spoken by Mandela, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

The humanitarian crisis on our border is speaking volumes about the state of our society’s soul right now. We can do better and we must do better as a society, certainly as one whose moral direction has largely been founded on biblical precepts that have always dignified the sojourner, the immigrant, women, and especially children. Jesus was adamant about this; they are the ones in whom we see the kingdom of God. I have asked the Rev. Diane Presley and our mission team leaders to ponder how we will constructively respond to this crisis as a church because we can do better and we must do better as the hands, feet and tears of Jesus Christ.

Tomorrow night we will certainly delight in, and for a little while be distracted by the rightful grandeur and glory of our Pops Concert, with recognition of our veterans, and followed by the City of Plano fireworks display celebrating our country and its goodness.

I will also certainly at some point in all the entertainment and comfort pause and feel uncomfortable as I hear Mandela whisper, “How are you treating the children?”

Connecting God and Grace to Self and Community,

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