I don’t have any authority to say anything at all about what is going on in the world.
Yet I cannot be silent.
I am working to hear and to listen, to understand. It feels like we are all in a churning washing machine of mourning and grieving and sifting and praying. And realizing how much more we have to learn from one another.
Here is what I do know: I am privileged. I have advantages I have always been grateful for, but am only now really waking up to. I know that I can never truly understand the depths of social injustice because of that privilege, but I know that I need to do better. I want to stay in this space of striving to be more connected and there is so much I need to learn. I don’t want to let this moment in human history be a large and sorrowful, yet fleeting blip in the screen for equality.
I also know that there is light and beauty to be found through action and hope. I have seen it at work in the world already. Perhaps only in seed form so far, but it is growing and has power to take over the world if we let it. I got teary-eyed this morning thinking of the depth of conversations all the events in the world right now have spurred even in my own little family, the similar conversations and “awakenings” rippling across the country. The peaceful protests creating so much more awareness, the voices of kindness from the black community reaching out. Forgiving. Helping the understanding. The pictures of police officers kneeling in humility, the hugs through tears all mingled in with the horrific heartbreak.
I also got teary this morning thinking of humanity being in this together. Each with his/her unique emotions, but unlike the corona virus, every single one of us can DO something about racial inequality. The remedy is not to sit huddled in our homes and wait it out, the remedy is to reach out like never before and seek to understand, to reach outside of our bubbles and love more than ever before. And I am committed to learn and read and ask and act.
I have a lot of work to do. We all do. But may we realize our unique lights (and we have them, directly from a God who loves us all equally), connected together in a new way can create a pretty magnificent sunrise.