“There’s a sad, pathetic irony at play when the loudest, most brazen gun advocates, are those whose faith tradition rests solely on the shoulders of a man who allowed himself to be unjustly beaten, tortured, and executed; who never used his power to do anything but heal and feed and bring peace.”
I’m not saying that we’re wrong to celebrate a day devoted to giving thanks. We should have the courage to do it recognizing that it was at the expense of hundreds of thousands of indigenous people and their cultures. So give thanks, and ask forgiveness.
What will it take for us to face our history head on — to face the sinful foundations upon which we stand?
John has this unerring way of writing down what I seem to always have a hard time expressing directly. Thank God that he does – giving voice to what is likely a very large number of folks like me. In this case, folks who believe in their heart and soul that #BlackLivesMatter. Grace and peace to you John Pavlovitz, with many thanks.
American democracy is illumined by multiple voices calling us to pursue questions of personal, communal, and political meaning. A Quaker reminds us to vigorously question those who say the U.S. is a Christian nation.
LUCY, Tenn. (RNS) “Am I grateful for this?” says renowned spirituality author Phyllis Tickle, facing Stage IV lung cancer. “Not exactly. But I’m not unhappy about it. And that’s very difficult for people to understand.”
There is some really awe-inspiring theology in this piece, and the writing is wonderful. Don’t pass it by.
For those we’ve lost, my country, our enemies, and the humanity caught between. Thank you Mark Sandlin, again — for putting words to what so many of us feel today. For God so blessed the world…
Source: A Prayer of Remembrance on 9/11