Please join us for a 30 minute service of lament beginning shortly after 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 14th. We will be hosting this service in a Zoom webinar and attendees must register ahead of time.
Death is always a tragedy. Murder is always a tragedy. Yet there is a particularly deep and old pain that is felt when unarmed black men are killed in the name of justice in this country. It has happened too often and for too long. The recent murder of Ahmaud Arbery has brought back into the spotlight the painful and evil reality of racism and the suffering that many of our brothers and sisters of color live with daily.
As we begin to reflect on this pain and this evil, for many it is not always easy to know how to respond. But for followers of Jesus, His life and teachings about His Kingdom and what it means to be in His Kingdom give us a few clear paths:
First, we as the people of God, are called to name injustice when we see it and to do everything in our power to put an end to it.
Secondly, we as the people of God, are called to enter into the pain of others, seeking to understand the pain of our brothers and sisters of color. To listen as we are able. To do everything in our power to understand the history that has shaped that pain. Finally, we are called to lament. While there will necessarily be a call to a variety of actions and responses to the injustice, the racism, the hatred, and the violence, our Christian tradition offers us the prayer of lament. This prayer gives us a way of being with God and with each other during times of deep and incomprehensible loss.
And so, let us stop, at least for a moment, and lament together. Let us stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of color in the hope of unity who continue to experience unfathomable loss. Let us stand in solidarity with Ahmaud Arbery’s family, especially with his mother, Wanda. Let us mourn with those who mourn. Let us cry out to God together for the peace and justice.