Date: 7/7/2016 4:05 PM CDT
My heart breaks over and over again these last few
weeks. Yet, in the midst of ministry, I
must find ways to move forward and keep teaching our children (of all ages)
about peace, justice, and love.
I have not had time to process all that we were
exposed to during the Civil Rights Tour we took in June – yet I know in my very
being that what is happening all over the world – concerning the death of so
many people of color – is directly connected to the lessons offered and the
anger and disgust I felt while on said tour. (Which was also amplified by the
shooting at The Pulse in Orlando, FL.)
When will we learn from our history? When will we understand the atrocities of our
past? When will we break the cycles of
injustice and begin to understand one another, listen deeply with one another, and
recognize one another as human beings with full rights to life? When will we stop the hate, ignorance, and
bias that plagues our communities, our country, our world?
- I realize we do not know the whole story
of Philando Castile dying by the hands of police in Falcon Heights, MN, or the
death of Alston Sterling at the hands of police in Baton Rouge, LA.
- I know that the lives of our siblings
of color matter.
- I realize there are still questions in
- I know that the hearts of many are
broken by these deaths.
- I realize that there will be actions
taken by #blacklivesmatter and some folks will not understand their
- I know that actions like this are the
only things that changed reality during the Civil Rights Movement of our past.
- I realize that police officers put their
lives on the line every day and most have very good intentions.
- I know that something *something*
went terribly wrong in both of these incidents because two black men are dead –
and have been shot by the police.
- I realize that many people are in need
to support, prayer, and justice in both of these situations.
know that my prayers include black lives, blue lives, and all lives
directly and indirectly connected to these incidents.
- I realize these two incidents are just
that, specific incidents in which more facts are being collected so that we can
all learn more of the truth.
know that these incidents are a part of a larger problem in our society in
which our systems are broken, biased, and need to be
repaired, replaced, and repealed.
- I realize that some folks are going to
make assumptions from one side or another about what happened and how the
actions of some are or are not justified and should or should not be punished
in a court of law.
know I will never understand what it is like to fear for my life simply because
of the color of my skin, nor do I know what my
siblings of color are feeling right now. I hope and I pray that I (we) can learn more, be present, and help someone find hope, as well as empower people to stand up and make a difference that will save lives.
Evangelical Lutheran Church