If you’ve been following news in the U.S. this week you know it’s been a very rough week. Between the back to back deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of the police and then the subsequent deaths of several police officers patrolling a protest in Dallas, TX, the US is mourning too much unjust loss of life.
Unfortunately theses types of deaths, black men who are gunned down by the people who have taken oaths to “serve and protect”, is all too common in this country. The phrase “Black Lives Matter” has taken hold as a rallying cry whenever we learn of another such death. There have been many people who take issue with that phrase, responding with “All Lives Matter”. I wanted to take a moment to share my head and my heart regarding the meaning of the first phrase as well as my own soul searching about how to continue on this platform. Take a look/listen. If you’d like to engage, I welcome all comments and questions.
Peace and Love, Everyone
**I recorded and shared this video before I had the chance to hear about another shooting death in Houston. I’m so tired and feeling numb. My heart and mind is overwhelmed and I don’t know what can be done. Obviously marching and fighting and shouting and protesting are going unrecognized. The “justice” system in this country remains an idea that will only work for some and not the ALL that our Constitution states. This is just…it’s just too much. And it’s even more difficult to handle when there are people who can and do protest for all other causes and remain silent on this one. Just because it’s not your problem now doesn’t mean it will never be your problem. One day it will be in your back yard. But because you said nothing when others were being persecuted, there will be no one to stand up for you.
Think about it.
At this point all I can do is continue to pray. Pray that peace will prevail. Pray that hate will no longer control us. Pray that God will bring miraculous healing to our country and our world. Pray that we will move in faith and not fear.
Will you pray with me?
WE SPEAK YOUR NAMES. YOUR DEATHS WILL NOT BE IN VAIN.
To the Dallas Police officers whose lives were senselessly taken, your deaths will not be in vain.
Heal our land, Lord.