Tehillim One Hundred and Twenty-Four: It could be worse

“Had it not been for the Lord Who was with us when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us raw when their anger was kindled against us (Psalms 124:2-3).” These verses are making me think of how much worse things could be in any circumstance. Even when it seems like things are awful, we can always take a step back and recognize that it could be so much worse, which hopefully puts things in perspective. It’s of course not that easy to do though. In the moment, things can seem truly hopeless and awful. All of this is making me think about the circumstances in the world today. This weekend, America apparently had a collective flashback to Germany in the 1930s, with neo-Nazis rallying in Charlottesville. Without going into too much detail, I’ll say that I’m thankful that things didn’t get worse than they did, but it’s still a horrific reality and disgusting state of affairs. Thankfully more people weren’t hurt, and there was enough of a national public outcry that we know these aren’t collective societal views, but they’re still held by way too many people. How can we move forward as a community with this reality among us?

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