The prophet Jeremiah joins his tears with God’s, crying out, O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!
This past week a family’s tears and a whole community’s cries joined the weeping of God over the death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center. People are grieving, traumatized, and angry.
Just over two weeks ago, on Maundy Thursday, we heard Christ give us his greatest command, “Love one another as I have loved you.” What does it mean for us to love our brothers and sisters of every race and ethnicity as Christ loves us? What can we do better? What can I do better?
We do not have simple answers but we do know two places to start:
First, we join our prayers together: God watch over and be with Daunte Wright’s family. God watch over and be with the police officer involved, Kim Potter, and her family. And I invite you to continue praying together using our Prayer Around the Cross and Racial Reconciliation worship services. You can find these on our website and at the links in the description below.
Second, we join in learning together. Mount Calvary invites you to join the Be The Bridge 101 dismantling racism series specifically designed to give people a place to begin the journey of reconciliation. Please join with the other Mount Calvary members already registered to do this important work of listening and learning. You can register online now at mountcalvary.org/outreach.
The Prophet Jeremiah concludes the chapter: Thus says the Lord: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth; but let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.
I pray we live out God’s Words as a congregation and as a nation. I invite you to join together now in a time of silent prayer.
Moment of Silence