Bishop Palmer Speaks to Charlottesville & Beyond

“As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.” (Luke 19:41-42)

On Saturday, August 12, I was on a long 500-mile drive and was unaware of what was going on in Charlottesville, Virginia, until someone reached out to me by text. That text led to a call and the call led me to pull into a rest stop so that I could pull up what information I could on my cell phone. Needless to say that even reading and watching for a few minutes on the small screen of a mobile device, I was horrified, angered, sad, and numb. I felt these emotions, and I still do.

Since I first became aware of the tragic events in Charlottesville, dozens of verses of scripture have danced around in my heart and mind. But the two verses above, for reasons that I cannot concretely say, have come to me again and again. I suspect it has everything to do with my confidence in...continue reading