Thursday, May 28, 2020
Ask, Seek, Knock
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” --Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today's card speaks to me right now.
Asking for justice, peace, equity, and kindness...seeking them in and for all people...knocking on the hardened hearts of those who defend power and privilege and dismiss the realities of and their complicity in racism.
When will we acknowledge and value our shared humanity, the fact that we are all beloved children of God?
To my white readers, we white people need to stop whining that "all lives matter." Of course they do. That's missing the point entirely. We need to focus on the lives who are marginalized, who walk in fear where we don't, who suffer a million little cuts of racism each and every day that we will never feel. We have to say black lives matter because, on a fundamental level in this country, they don't matter the same. We need to own that, and change our hearts and behavior and the systems of our nation accordingly. Most of all, we need to listen and learn how to do better.
To my readers of color, after staring at this screen for ten minutes trying to decide what to type, there just aren't any more adequate words that the ones I end each post with. I'm truly sorry.
Mercy, grace, peace, and love,