Let’s begin with some excellent news out of Washington: Congress passed laws final evening to acknowledge Juneteenth as a federal vacation. The day commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the USA. Texas was the primary state to look at Juneteenth as an official vacation; forty-six different states and the District of Columbia have adopted swimsuit.
It’s noteworthy that the Home handed the invoice with sturdy bipartisan assist (415–14) and that the Senate had handed it unanimously the day earlier than.
In additional excellent news, New York and California have lifted most of their pandemic restrictions. New York Metropolis is planning a parade on July 7 to honor frontline and important employees; California Gov. Gavin Newsom referred to as Tuesday “reopening day” for his state. Two of our most populous states are actually aligning with many different states because the variety of vaccinated folks continues to develop.
The Israel parliament admits its first-ever deaf member
In a day as fractured and divisive as ours, steps towards unity and peace make headlines.
Shirley Pinto was sworn into the Knesset, changing into the first-ever deaf member of the Israeli parliament. Nevertheless, hostilities started once more with Hamas as incendiary balloons had been launched into Israel, and Israel’s fighter jets struck Hamas compounds in response.
President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a polite summit yesterday in Geneva at what leaders agree is a “low level” in US-Russian relations. Twenty-eight Chinese language army planes flew over Taiwan’s airspace Tuesday; the Chinese language authorities claims that the island is a breakaway province. And Iran announced Tuesday that it has produced 6.5 kilograms of uranium enriched to 60 p.c purity, transferring ever nearer to the nuclear weapons–grade stage of 90 p.c purity.
Negotiating on our political variations is clearly essential, however treaties can not change human hearts.
“Your staff is extra anxious than you assume”
In different information, “the great resignation” migration is going down as a file 4 million Individuals quit their jobs in April. Based on one analyst, “We principally burned out the worldwide workforce over the past 12 months. One of many methods folks take care of burnout is by switching employers.”
And Forbes is reporting that “your staff is extra anxious than you assume.” The article recommends that employers encourage their workers to be trustworthy about their struggles, exhibit empathy and compassion, keep away from “cowboy” tradition that rewards hard-driving success on the expense of collaboration, share their very own struggles, take steps to scale back worker uncertainty, and customise approaches to particular person wants.
Just like the lobster diver who was swallowed by a humpback whale (which thankfully spit him out), we are able to really feel consumed by an adversarial tradition. We will submerge our faces in ice-cold water to decelerate our coronary heart price (a response generally known as the “diver’s reflex”), however we are able to’t dwell underwater. We will pay $28 million to experience into house subsequent month alongside Jeff Bezos and his brother, however after ten minutes of “house tourism,” our flight will return to the planet we left.
“But I’ll rejoice within the Lord“
How, then, can we greatest navigate the anxieties and stresses of as of late?
Habakkuk’s testimony is one among my favourite paragraphs in Scripture. It begins by describing dire circumstances: “Although the fig tree shouldn’t blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no meals, the flock be reduce off from the fold and there be no herd within the stalls” (Habakkuk 3:17).
In his day, this is able to imply the lack of each technique of sustenance. However the prophet responded: “But I’ll rejoice within the Lord; I’ll take pleasure within the God of my salvation” (v. 18).
How can we expertise the enjoyment Habakkuk knew? By doing what he did.
Scripture testifies that “God is our refuge and energy, a really current assist in hassle” (Psalm 46:1), however a refuge may help solely those that select its shelter. A home constructed upon the rock of God’s sovereignty and phrase will stand amid the storms (Matthew 7:24–25), however that rock can maintain solely those that stand upon it.
Jesus warned us that prosperity could make us so self-reliant that we refuse the grace and provision of God (Matthew 19:24). As I noted yesterday, adversity can even lead us to query God’s love and rely upon our capacities whereas ignoring his omnipotence.
Once we are nicely, we don’t want a health care provider; after we are sick, we blame the physician.
Our ever extra secularized tradition is doing all it may possibly to steer us that both is an acceptable response to the excellent news and the dangerous information of our day.
“Right here I’ve no persevering with metropolis”
Scottish minister John Baillie prayed: “Let me do not forget that my mortal physique is simply the servant of my immortal soul. Let me bear in mind how unsure my maintain is by myself bodily life. Let me do not forget that right here I’ve no persevering with metropolis, however solely a spot for a quick keep and a time for testing and coaching.
“Let me perceive the vainness of what’s time sure and the glory of the everlasting. Let my world be centered not in myself, however in you.”
In whom will your world be centered at present?