Dear Skyland family,
Let me begin by saying thank you for the prayer and well wishes of so many of you as Alynette and I battle COVID-19 and seek to get better. It has been a trying time and this virus certainly wears you out and makes you feel terrible. Like us, there are many others still suffering with this virus and so I want to invite you to join me on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. to pray for their healing. Let us also pray this health crisis comes to an end. We need God to help us overcome this disease and develop a vaccine and other appropriate treatments to limit the loss of life which has already been so great. We also need to pray for all those who mourn the loss of loved ones to this disease and who have not even had the proper chance to grieve. May God bring them comfort.
I also want to ask you to join me in prayer on Tuesday for our nation and for the turmoil that has gripped our country as a result of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. No one should ever lose their life due to excessive use of force by the police regardless of race or color. The fact that these kinds of injustices continue to happen to people of color in our country is a sign that we still struggle with the sin of racism and that as a people we still have work to do to ensure our country is a place of liberty and justice for all. The violence and anger that has been on display in major cities throughout our country, however, is not the way to correct or address these injustices. It is disturbing to see people resort to violence and looting. We must find peaceful ways to protest and promote change that do not make matters worse. In that spirit, I am inviting you to join me in praying to God for wisdom and direction for all those in positions of power who can promote change that will help eliminate these injustices in our system.
People of color are not the only ones that feel threatened in our society. Immigrants and other minorities often suffer injustices that go unreported and that no one even knows about. Let us pray in solidarity with good and honest policemen and women who find this as tragic as we do and in solidarity with all people of color in our country who live in fear that this could happen to them. Let us together pray for our country to truly be a place with justice for all and a place where God’s people can live in peace.
I hope you will join me in praying this Tuesday!
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Miguel A. Vélez