This week we remember two infamous anniversaries, one in the 19th century and the other in the 20th century, that remind us of our nation's struggle for racial justice. March 6 is the 160th anniversary of the 1857 Dred Scott Supreme Court decision in which the court decided that African Americans had, "...no rights which the white man was bound to respect." Over 100 years later on March 7, 1965 peaceful African American marchers were brutally attacked by Alabama State troopers as they crossed the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma. The anniversaries of these two events remind us of the depth of the sin of racism in our nation's history. Yet as followers of Jesus we believe that God calls us to confess our national sins and offers forgiveness and reconciliation through the power of the Holy Spirit. During this season of Lent, may we take time to open ourselves to God in deeper ways both to confess our sins and to be reconciled to God and to each other.