These are some of the last words Jesus spoke as he died on the cross. Words without hope. With the situation in Palestine and Israel it certainly feels that way. As I said last week in my sermon, there are innocent people on both sides and terrorists on both sides. And I don’t have any answers except to call for peace.

This week the presiding bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth Eaton put out the following letter.

Things you can do:

  • Find updated resources and statements from the ELCA here.
  • Join our partner Churches for Middle East Peace for prayer every Wednesday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Eastern time. Register here.
  • Call your lawmakers today through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and urge them to take action to deescalate the conflict and uphold unrestricted humanitarian aid to Gaza. Find your member of Congress at govtrak.
  • Support Lutheran Disaster Response here.