December 2, 2020 506 PM
This year due to the virus, St. Paul’s decided not to hold our annual Thanksgiving feast as we have done in the past. This year we made up Thanksgiving boxes and distributed them to people primarily in Marfa.
I want to thank the many people who made this possible: Tricia Seifert, organizer-in-chief; Joni Marginot; Scott May; Chuck Hummel; Kerie van Zeijst; Dedie Taylor; Nancy O’Brien; Allison and Rudy Scott; Dan Wonsowski; Annette Mendoza; Shere and Kevin Whitely; Susan and Mike Wallens; Connor Travis; Ernesto Zubio; Porter’s in Alpine and Manager Cletus Stinnett; Carolyn Pfeiffer Bradshaw; Renee and Larry Parson; Nancy Antrim; Robert and Jo Ann Howes; and Dalton and Liz, owners of Alpine Fitness.
One quick story: One of the recipients lives by herself. When she received the box of food, she realized it was too much for her alone. She then went around to her apartment complex, knocking on doors and passing out food to those who needed it. Kindness is contagious.
There is much to be thankful for here in the Big Bend region. The generosity of people is one of them. May God’s blessings rest upon all who read this.
Fr. Mike Wallens
Vicar, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
What among US?
President-elect Biden said: “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again and to make progress. We must stop treating our opponents, as our enemies. They are not our enemies, they’re Americans.” I agree.
Trump’s inauguration brought “alternative facts” and “zero tolerance” caging children. Truth’s the biggest casualty, i.e. COVID-19’s contagion and lethality.
In “We’re Going to Need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to Recover From Trump” (The Nation, 10-20-20), Elie Mystal wrote, “History alone cannot hold Trump and his enablers accountable for the crimes they have committed.” I agree.
Hatred, racism, misogyny, personal, business and political corruption isn’t new. Driven by unrelenting daily tweet-rants and/or rally chants, the worst impulses surfaced, taking many by surprise.
The “Pogo” comic strip character lamented: “I have met the enemy and it is us.” Ignoring specifics sweeps dysfunction under the rug like an abuser. Unilaterally forgiving the abuser allows continuing abuse.
This is an important national conversation, inquiring: “What among US gave rise to Trumpism?” “What condoned, encouraged and/or failed to speak-out?”
The Christian theology of “contrition” is instructive. Relationships involve both parties. Forgiveness is not simply on the shoulders of the aggrieved.
The nation cannot survive without trusting each other. Pursuing truth honestly opens the possibility for transformation into our higher angels.
Rev. Barry Abraham Zavah