We were right to be angry at the great wrongs of 9/11, but at some point, rehearsing that anger year after year doesn’t move us toward justice, love, or the forgiveness Jesus commands of his followers. It moves us toward resentment, hostility, and bitterness, with all the trouble it brings (Heb. 12:15). We never knewContinue reading “9/11 — 20 years”
This picture… a prayer vigil… looks of hopelessness, looks of grief… wailing… mourning… Another shooting in a city I have loved… during the trial of another police shooting The cry of my heart… HOW LONG, O LORD?
The trial of Derek Chauvin is supposed to start this week with jury selection in Minneapolis. Chauvin is the former Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd. In the past year it is necessary to examine how we, as white believers, have done in this issue of racism. Lent should be thatContinue reading “Lament in the time of racism”
7 You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed.I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me.8 Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction.So the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach all day long.9 But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,”his wordContinue reading “The grief I still feel”
This time being isolated is an opportunity. In the major cultural shifts we are experiencing, I have a deep sense in my spirit this is a time to mourn and be ready to move to what is next. I elaborate more HERE.
Grief shows up in many ways. One way it may tend to show up is anger or rage. Since that is not easily recognized as “grief” in our culture, we tend to combat the rage or anger instead of stepping back to ask a few more questions. Grief over loss isn’t easily processed in ourContinue reading “Thoughts on mourning and loss in the time of coronavirus”
The weariness of terrorism and racism in our news last week can exhaust us. There are times when we truly wonder: How long, O Lord?” The psalm in my reading this morning gives me a reminder on perspective: “You love evil more than good; you love lying more than speaking what is right. Selah YouContinue reading “Evil in our world and what lasts”
I played this song when I first learned a band instrument. We sang it yesterday at an Ash Wednesday service and after the Florida high school shooting it seems that more powerful.
“We have the birth defect of slavery.”
We fail too often to stop and mourn. Orlando hurts today. A community hurts today. We can fight another day on all the issues… Lord, let us mourn. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people ofContinue reading “Simply Mourn”