I recently joined a lovely writers’ group support page, “Five Minute Friday- Encouraging and Equipping Christian Writers“1. Each week, we are given a word and an opportunity to write for five minutes! This is my first week to try this. Thanks to Kate Motaung for this helpful resource! This week’s word is STAY.
Earlier this week, the Black Lives Matter peaceful protest was canceled. There were too many concerns- the Covid virus (that especially has affected black people) and threats from white supremacists. But later this week, the rally was rescheduled for this Sunday.
“I want to go,” my daughter said. As a psychologist, she has heard her patients describe being hit by rubber bullets- aimed directly at faces- and lying on the ground when a white supremacist appeared with guns displayed. “I want to join her,” my husband said. As a pastor, he wants to do what Jesus would have him do- stand up for justice for all who are oppressed. I want to go, too. Our family is deeply affected by the events of this week and continued racism that ravages, not only for all black people, but particularly for our son-in-law, grandson, and cousin.
Various issues make it wise for me to avoid the crowds (virus), so I have offered to stay behind and care for my granddaughter. This feels like such a small contribution, but I find it significant, to help where and when I can.
So I will pray.
And I will stay.