On Friday evening at 7:30 pm, our church hosts a “Vigil of Remembrance and Hope.” As Americans, and as Christians, we still believe in what is best in humankind. We look for goodness in one another and our neighbors. We know that we can stand on the side of justice and we can answer Jesus’ call to be peacemakers. For everything there is a season. This is the season to respond.
Painfully, we are reminded that some immigrants came enslaved. The Emancipation Proclamation did not eradicate bigotry. The Civil Rights Act did not remove prejudice. Sanctioned violence against people of color, especially black men, is real. And this week our country erupted. Crisis upon crisis upon crisis is tearing us down. We watch and pray while America bleeds. We cannot look away from the division and suffering that torment our land and people.
In the hymn that Jennie Bryan sang so beautifully on Sunday morning, we hear the refrain: Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear that music ringing. It finds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing?+ Through all the tumult and strife, can you hear a song in your soul? Is there a deep current of love to sustain you and give you hope and courage? We will listen and pray, and we will ask for God’s mercy and help.
+from My Life Flows On, music and text by Robert Lowry