Walk Together

"Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble."

1 Peter 3:8

This week I failed a friend.  In a big way.  By not directly addressing the atrocities that continue to happen to people of color, I hurt her. 
 
Because I was still collecting my thoughts and afraid to say something “wrong”, I waited. Sometimes silence is golden, other times it sends the wrong message. My fear of saying the wrong thing was perceived as indifference.

Often, I’ve chosen not to speak out publicly even while conversing privately about how we can be a part of a positive change. 

Not commenting can at times be viewed as not caring and well-intended words can cause further hurt. That paradox feels paralyzing.  

Grace breeds more grace.  Lord help us to stand in others’ shoes.

There is no easy or simple approach here. I’ve always felt like I was helping to be a part of the solution, not the problem.  My limited perspective allowed for blind spots which ended up causing pain.

My heart grieves and mourns. Lord be near. 

My eyes are opened in a new way.  I pray that as a community we might be a place that fosters hard conversations and a place where we can learn from one another.  A place where God’s love pours out and we can be transformed by grace.  

At CTC we want to do the hard work. May humility and grace be plentiful as we enter this season together. We are all learning to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly!

Emily Saunders - Keeper

 

 

 

 

 

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