La Brea Tar Pits
When we visited Los Angeles recently, we visited the La Brea Tar Pits. These pits are full of fossils from prehistoric animals which got stuck in the tar. They think most of the animals went looking for water or food and got caught in tar they couldn’t see.
These statues aren’t real, of course. But the image of a baby elephant crying for its mother really hit me hard. The same day we went to the Tar Pits, we also went to the LA immigration court. Many children there were crying for their mothers, which were caught in the sticky-ness which is US immigration policy.
The entire day reminded me of a confession prayer that some Lutherans say in church:
Most merciful God, we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
So, when I had the chance to give a children’s sermon about Lent, temptation, and immigration, I decided to talk about the tar pits. Check out this short message at St. Paul Lutheran in Grosse Point Woods, Michigan, with Pastor Justin: