Another day of darkness and teary-rain in the weather in many places today. Another day of darkness and teary-rain in the news today. Another day of darkness and teary-memories on this, the 50th anniversary of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Racial slurs and violence continue.
And God weeps.
Weeping God, how you must ache for your people who face uncertain futures. How you must ache for those who enter into conversations and political debate with open hearts and minds only to find threats, harassment, and fear leading the discussions and governing decisions. How you must ache for those whose love of power, love of money, love of self, supersedes commitment to honesty, mercy, compassion, justice and integrity.
Some cry … “How long O Lord, how long? Some whisper “Let this cup be taken from us.” Some try to remember … that you are with your children even “in the valley of the shadow of death.” Many feel a kaleidoscopic tumbling of emotions and know not what to do, how to pray, what to say.
And as they weep, You weep.
On this the 50th anniversary of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., may his words (“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”) light a spark within us so that those who weep will have hope, those who weep will be encouraged;, those who perpetrate abusive words and actions will be transformed; and there will be no cause to refer to you as Weeping God unless your tears (and our tears) are tears of joy.
© June Maffin