From the Heart

Who can we trust? And where do we place our deepest trust?

These perennial questions seem even more vital in these mid-winter days as we hope for an end to the global pandemic. Yet we still must navigate the clear and present health dangers around us. And our common discourse is burdened with urgent questions about which American leaders deserve our trust.

To understand and work with these questions, I begin with our local communities. In our own congregation here on the Lake Erie shore we share a written covenant. This a set of promises we make to one another about how we will live together. These promises include the caring and respectful ways we will speak with and to one another.

We hope and pray our congregational covenant is well thought out and honored among us. And happily, so far, our covenant seems to be working among us. There is good trust in our congregation.

We also hope folks are part of families filled with love, care, and trust. There is not usually a written set of promises here, but the results can still be good.

These can be families we are born into or chosen families.

Sadly, we acknowledge that some do not have trustworthy families.

And we also acknowledge, again with sadness, that our wider geographic and national communities may not have the levels of mutual trust we need. This broader lack of social trust seems particularly acute in these difficult days.

I believe trust grows from the promises we make in our communities. Solutions to problems in our cities, states, and nations will be found in the promises we are willing to make to one another. In the coming weeks and months, perhaps we will learn what promises are possible and necessary. We will see.

With love to all,
Rev. George Buchanan