We cannot unsee what we have seen, what we have witnessed this week is disturbing and compassion is activated. I moved from a Dance Party Celebrating Pride on Wednesday, to standing in solidarity with Black Lives Matters, into lament on Thursday. My heart aches and breaks and I turn again to my well-worn bible to the words of a prophet, “Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream (Amos 5: 24)”. Also, to a mandate received from God through a prophet, “What does God require of you; do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)”
Lastly, to an image for times like these. “The leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations. (Revelations 21:22)”
I invite you to join with me and pray these scripture verses at the top of every hour today and the coming days. In The Message translation of Amos, we hear God speaking these words:
“Do you not know what I want. I want justice-oceans of it. I want fairness-rivers of it. That’s what I want. That’s all I want.”
As you pray those words at the top to the hour, as you lament racism and continue to see what has been revealed and remember that Micah’s mandate requires action and lovingkindness, what is one concrete step you will offer as one more drop of water in the ocean of justice; the river of fairness, which is of course equity for all. Black Lives matter, we cannot unsee what we have seen. Indigenous Lives matter, we cannot unsee what we have seen. All lives matter. We cannot unsee what we have seen. God, what is the one hard thing you ask of me, of us?
The death of Chantel Moore affects all of us. Personally, Chantel is a family member of friends from Tal o qui aht, friends of the Road to Reconciliation; we are all in this together, Chantel is family.
I was able to talk with Norah Martin, Chantel’s aunt, to offer condolences, strength and help. AVUC and CCC from out Ministry of Reconciliation grant responded to the need for financial assistance for travel costs for Norah and seven family members to travel to New Brunswick. Our contribution of $1500.00 joins with many other generous donations giving support and strength when it is needed.
If you wish to give financial support, please be in contact with John or myself, or there is a GO-Fund Me Page.
This week I return again and again to the video, which I sent you earlier this week, “ The Flower.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0N5OEpxbFY) God, help me be part of the healing is a prayer is for times like these and it requires something of me.
Feel the tears that well up within you. Reach out. I’d love to connect with you in whatever way would be most helpful for you. There are lots of walking and talking time.
May you be well, be active for justice, be prayerful…Christ journey’s this way with us.