We’ve come to the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.
What are we to do with the suffering that we’ve known this last year, part of which was illuminated by Floyd’s tragic death?
Part of what we can do together as St. Stephen’s Church is allow the scriptures and prayer to attend to feelings of shame, fear, anger, guilt, weariness, and confusion. “The problems of the present are the solutions of the past.” We may have any of these feelings as we face our forefathers’ actions and deal with the repercussions in the history that we learn.
Another thing that we can do is extend compassion to one another.
Finally, we can learn of the interconnectedness of us all. By increasing our curiosity and resisting the temptation of simplification and certainty, we will grow in our capacity to discover our agency to bring about something better. We will also grow in our trust and assurance that what little part we can do has purpose in the larger process of transformation.
We know that God wants something better for all of creation than what we witness and experience now. Through the church, the body of Christ, healing can occur.