“…a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…” Eccleseastes 3:4
Yesterday, we woke up to a world where nine precious lives were ended in violence and malice. Charleston, South Carolina and the Emmanuel AME were on everyone’s TV’s, radios, social media feeds and minds.
These beautiful people are our brothers and sisters; my heart hurts for their families, friends and community. Immediately the media and politicians wanted to spin this evil, racist event. Words and phrases started popping up “gun control” and “you won’t take my guns”…honestly this was farthest from my mind and heart yesterday and this morning. I dare say that it should be the farthest thing from your mind and heart too.
I am rarely certain about things in life, I am comfortable with tension places and I try very hard to hear out other’s views yet here my friends is what I believe absolutely: Jesus is not worried about our guns. Jesus was and is concerned for this violent act that was enacted on his sons and daughters and their families. Jesus is near to those who are broken hearted today and we should be concerned about those who are suffering the shattering of their lives and the loss of their loved ones, pastors and leaders.
So in this moment, let us be about what Jesus is about. Let us join in the weeping, in the mourning and the grieving. Let us be present, in prayer, with our brothers and sisters who have suffered and are suffering.
The politics, the questions of why and how….they can wait. Today we mourn with those who mourn. We reach out our hands and our love and we ask the Sprit of God to bring comfort and restore home to a community that has suffered great loss at the hands of evil.
Today let us pray.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Romans 12:15