Expressions of Gratitude

This morning, following the social media whirlwind that was this weekend, I found myself hungry for emotional depth and connection. I am so grateful for social media and for the ways that technology gives us access to each others’ lives. But over time, if we’re not proactive about it, we can substitute online community and activity for the real thing – and that’s unfortunate because the real thing is what we were created for.

So in that vein, I want to share a quick list of three connections that I’m grateful for this morning. This reconciliation journey is all about relationships, and if for no other reason than just to nourish my soul this Monday, I want to celebrate the connections that I’ve had in the past few days. You guys should do the same. 

1.     The church. In the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, a white brother from my church community mobilized people to host a prayer night. My church is primarily white, but is growing in multi-ethnicity every day. This prayer night was a rich expression of solidarity. The hugs that were exchanged, the tears that were shed and the prayers that were offered up to God were utterly sacred.

2.     White allies in the #Blacklivesmatter movement. There are few things more healing and powerful than seeing someone that you thought did not, and perhaps could not, understand your plight standing beside you in your struggle for justice and freedom. While there are many more steps for us all to take, seeing so many of my white brothers and sisters take up their role in the racial reconciliation movement has been more of a gift than they could possibly know.

3.     The laughter and joy of children. I was able to spend a day with my niece and nephews over the weekend. They are 14, 6, and 5 years old. Their laughter, desire to play and frequent snuggles and kisses reminded me that there is no shortage of light in this world. Indeed, the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.  

I could say more, but I’m at work and have to get to it. I just wanted to take some time to reflect on how much goodness there is in being connected to one another. My prayer is that as we continue to reflect, pray and mobilize for social action in response to the racial pain and brokenness in our world that we would take time to express gratitude towards the One who really is working to make all things new.