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Thursday, July 17th, 2014

A Time to Act as Americans

Today, a plane was hit by missile fire and went down. 295 people lost their lives.

The tension in Israel between the Israeli’s and the Palestinians continues to escalate.

The children from Central America continue to cross the southern borders into the U.S. to escape the violence, the gangs and the threat of death that is the reality within their own countries.

I’m praying that we as a Nation will rise to our better angels to address each of these challenges and many more with the strength, courage and compassion that has been the hallmark of America when we have risen to the better angels within us. Today, especially calls for prayers, and the prayers are not partisan but they are the prayers of a people, of a nation that has been moved by the pain of war and the loss that results from that war, they are the prayers of a people whose hearts have been broken by the children who have become casualties. Tonight especially, we pray for the families of these 295 people on that plane who probably never knew what hit them. Console them in their anguish. Bring our own leaders together to sit down and reason together. Give us a thirst for unity and for a vision of America that is free of rancor and animosity.

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Ken Wheeler is a retired pastor. He most recently served at Cross Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation in Milwaukee, where he is now the director of the Bread of Healing Empowerment Ministry. For 18 years he was as an assistant to the bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA.