“…Mourn with those who mourn.” [Romans 12:15]
Oh no, not again.
Just utter pain.
It hurts to just stare at this photo and even more so, to imagine the shrieks and intensity of this father’s deep scream.
For a moment, put aside your views, your “I told you so” comments, or your aspirations to be a political commentator.
For us – especially as Christians –
if our Black brothers and sisters in Christ are hurting
…If they are truly our brothers and sisters in Christ;
And if we are truly the Body of Christ as we profess
…may we mourn with them.
May we truly listen – even to the shrieking cries of a father and mother.
Mourn with those who mourn.
And in mourning, may we capture a glimpse of why so many are so hurt, crestfallen, and angry…
We mourn for the Brown family.
We mourn for Ferguson.
We mourn for our Black sisters and brothers.
We mourn – even – for Darren Wilson and his family.
We mourn for us. All of us.
We mourn for America.
There will come a time to hope…but for now, I mourn.
There will come a time to hope…but for now, we mourn.
And may the Lord meet us in our mourning…
“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” [Psalm 34:18]
If you read one more thing about Ferguson, I invite you to read this post by Rev. Dr. Liz Mosbo Verhage: “Call to Arms – Arm to Arm – After Ferguson. It’s written for you.
[photo credit: Reuters]