Monday, July 22, 2013

.my stomach hurts.

"The verdict in the George Zimmerman trial...

told my sons that anyone with a gun

has the right to kill them

if he feels afraid for his life in their presence."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A true mark of the injustice system that rules our country. Thanks for posting about this tragedy, Em.

A bit more about the wider context of this injustice:

Today in the U.S. there are more African-American men under correctional control than the number of African-American men enslaved prior to the Civil War. Over 75% of the 3 million people incarcerated in the United States are charged with nonviolent offenses. They are subject to dehumanizing conditions, isolation, and disenfranchisement. Yet a white man who racially profiles, stalks, and kills an unarmed 17 year old black male is found not guilty of taking an innocent life. Praying for Trayvon, his family, and justice.

Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.