Lord Have Mercy

Statement from Rev. Dr. Ed Walker

Lord Have Mercy

wednesday, january 6, 2021 | arlington, virginia

The violence across the Potomac this afternoon is very upsetting for all of us. To see rioters breach the Capitol Building, enter the floor of the House and Senate, disrupt the proceedings to affirm the election results, and disrespect one of the three branches of our democracy brings tears to my eyes and anger to my soul. Lord, have mercy.

What pains me is that our nation is under attack from continued false accusations of fraud that seek to divide our nation at a time when we should be coming together in preparation for a new administration. Lord, have mercy.

I know that you join me in praying for all of our first responders, employees of the Capitol, and our legislators. Many of you have worked or continue to work there and I cannot even begin to imagine the pain you are feeling right now. Lord, have mercy.

I want to express my concern to those of you who have served or continue to serve in our nation's military, defending our Constitution, and the pain this must bring you to see this important symbol of our nation assaulted. I hold all of you in prayer. Lord, have mercy.

Many of our children are witnessing things this afternoon and evening that are very upsetting to them, as well as their parents. Parents, please encourage them to talk about how they are feeling. Be honest with your own feelings as you respond. Assure them that such violence was quelled and that democracy will succeed. Lord, have mercy.

I pray for all of you, my brothers and sisters, this evening because we all watch these events just a short distance away in shock. DC and Arlington are joined by ties deeper than bridges over the Potomac.

May God heal our fractured nation. May God redirect our anger toward seeking justice and righteousness. And may God's grace empower us all.

"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)

Rev. Dr. Ed Walker