These are my thoughts…
I guess we could easily embrace the victim mentality as echoed by Erin Gruwell in The Freedom Writers Diary who stated, “It would be easy to become a victim of our circumstances and continue feeling sad, scared or angry; or instead, we could choose to deal with injustice humanely and break the chains of negative thoughts and energies, and not let ourselves sink into it.”
I believe we have to be courageous enough to confront the inevitable in our communities with compassion and genuine vulnerability.
I know that – Prejudice, Injustice, Inequalities and Evil are not simple ideologies that can be defeated by theories and legislation because it lies deep within the crevices of our hearts. Indeed, our battles are not against mere flesh and blood. The message of transformation, love, forgiveness, hope and healing must be divinely inspired and administrated.
Recall that “We are each burdened with prejudice; against the poor or the rich, the smart or the slow, the gaunt or the obese. It is natural to develop prejudices. It is noble to rise above them. ~Author Unknown~
We must seek to rise consistently and continuously above prejudice.
So today, please pray for the city of Ferguson, Missouri which is a microcosm of a nation, as it battles the ugly multi-variant and deeply complex forces of anger, injustice, prejudice, and inequalities that have been revived with the unfortunate loss of another young black man.
It is obvious that America’s deepest wounds have not completely healed and there is a need to attend to these divides often, truthfully and boldly.
May I ask that we teach and prepare the next generation for a brighter and better future.
Lastly and perhaps most importantly –
- Please pray for a speedy resolution of this impasse
- Pray for justice to be served
- Pray that calm and peace will return to this city, state and nation.
- Please pray for the seasoned, deliberate and thoughtful leaders with wise and compassionate hearts and the courage to do right to rise up and attend to these complex issues, Amen.
May God bless the city of Ferguson, Missouri
May God bless the state of Missouri
May God bless the United States of America
More on Ferguson, Mo: HERE