Yet again, we are asked to view an emotionally charged event through the prism of racism. There is a part of us all, I think, that wants to just move on - especially when we see protests turning violent in Los Angeles and elsewhere. In fact, I think prayer takes us to a deeper listening.The link above, from Bill Moyers' website, invites that kind of reflection and prayer.
Yesterday I wrote a more personal blog post quoting Faulkner about how the past is not dead and is not even past. Faulkner was of course fully aware of what this meant for race relations.
Here is the prayer I am praying these days with fervor, from The Book of Common Prayer, for the human family:
O God, you made us in your image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.