I’ve returned from one broken country to another.
Oh, the roads aren’t bad and we have great air conditioning, but we are as unstable as Haiti after their massive earthquake.
I can feel the tremors of hate ripple across our nation on its birthday week.
God, help us.
Help us to see someone’s position besides our own.
Help us to listen to someone’s opinion besides or own.
Help us to see our own sin as much as we see others.
Help us to seek justice for someone we don’t agree with.
Help us to love others more than we love ourselves.
And please, please help us to be silent.
If just takes a peek online or a glance at the news to read countless opinions on what’s wrong with our country. And yes, we have a lot to choose from. But the world is so noisy and angry and maybe we could just be quiet for a minute? Because silence speaks when words can’t.
Silence isn’t empty; it’s full of wisdom. Silence doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to say; it means we are listening. Silence gives us space to pray. “Silence is the most powerful scream.”-Anonymous
Let’s quiet the arguments for a day and let’s all join hands and grieve together for our world. For those who died– black men and white men. For their families. And for our children raised in a divided, hurting world.
I understand the urge to say something–anything. And we’ve done it non-stop. But sometimes when all we can hear is evil, the best thing we can do is withdraw and seek God.