J. M. Barrie was a Scottish novelist, most well known for writing “Peter Pan,” also known as “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow up. “ There is a quote by him that has touched me and helped me many times when I was dealing with difficult situations. It goes like this: “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of
battle.” Isn’t that true? We get very angry with someone and think to ourselves, “what a disgusting or hateful human being. “ Then we get some back story that helps us understand. This is not to excuse bad behavior but just to understand better and not over react.

Also stay mindful of your own current battles. Sometimes we carry these things into our daily interactions and innocent people become our victims. That is to say, be kind to yourself as well. As the Prophet Micah once said, “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. “

Something is terribly wrong

–from Pastor Steve

Something is terribly wrong. I saw the following about homicides by firearm per 1 million people. In Australia there are 1.4 homicides per 1 million people. Next New Zealand has 1.6 homicides per 1 million people. This is followed by Germany, Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Canada, Luxembourg, Belgium, and then Switzerland at 7.7 homicides per 1 million people.

Our country, the United States of America has 29.7 homicides by firearm per 1 million people. This is obscene. Jim Wallis, the editor of Sojourners Magazine wrote this week that the NRA enables domestic terrorism in our country. I think he is right. Check the link for his essay.


God Have Mercy,



Pastor Steve Lundin