The Pastor’s Garage June 24, 2021

I had several thoughts about what I wanted to write about today, but I
can’t help but think about the news from Cowessess and the discovery of the
many indigenous children buried in unmarked graves at the former
residential school. It is tragic news that defies (at least for me) to know
what to say.

I feel sadness, remorse, anger, disbelief and confusion and more and my
mind comes up blank. I tried last night to put myself in the survivors and
parents shoes and I just can’t. Not because it’s too painful, but I just
don’t have a frame of reference… zero. I’ve been hurt and betrayed before
and have lost friends and loved ones, but this is different.

I have no idea how or if the church should respond. I have no idea how or
if I should respond as an individual. What could the church or what could I
possibly do? What would be appropriate? I don’t know!!!

The only straw I have to grasp is to listen. James 1:19 says, “Know this,
my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow
to anger;”

For now, our job is to listen. Not to judge, dismiss, try to fix, get
enraged, “have the answers,” go on a crusade etc… etc…

Just listen.

If you are reading this and have been directly or indirectly affected by
these tragedies I promise to be a listening ear. Call me. Seriously.

God bless my dear family!

Pastor Dave