My heart goes out to all who are hurting this week, and especially those who have lost loved ones (black men shot and killed in what should have been non-violent traffic stops; police officers murdered in Dallas). None of that should have happened.
The above picture speaks to me right now.
It speaks of Respect for those who have lost loved ones. Respect that mourns with those who are grieving, as we all should be in the aftermath of this week's tragedies. Respect that leads to resolve to work together to truly establish equal treatment under the law. Respect for officers of the law who are trying to work that way.
I know that the situation is complex, but I think white people should start by realizing that we can't fully understand what black people have endured, which connects with what many are going through now. Humility and a willingness to listen, learn and work for change seems essential from whites toward blacks. (The posturing of politicians should stop immediately).
I pray for humility on my part alongside decisive action, especially in electing officials who get the importance of respect.
As we pay our respects, please pray with me for the wisdom, heart and courage to live with the kind of thoughtful respect God offers us and wants to offer through us. Respect is one of the first steps of love. Genuine respect leads towards treating others as we would want to be treated if our roles were reversed. (Anyone who doesn't get that has yet to truly love).
Please keep praying for our country and for guidance as we try to act in ways that are for the highest good of all.