I was again very disturbed by the hearing and witnessing of the shootings that occurred over the past few nights and the completely unnecessary violence that proceeded. (Some things will never make sense to me.) I’m not going to hide my distress at the fear of offending others. Things are not right and neglecting real issues of racial injustice and inequality is not a strategy for successful resolutions. My angst was internalize causing my morning to move rather slowly.  I actually caught myself sitting and staring into my bookshelf – wondering about nothing, simply staring. As I began to focus, there in the middle section on the third shelf was a visualization of my conflict.  There next to each other were Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised and Truth Speaks to Power by Walter Brueggemann. The contrast was glaring.  Both strategies on my bookshelf and one not used more than the other. (That’s for more reflection and probably not for revealing.)  On page 90 in Robert’s Rules of Order it reads, “The chair has the duty of making sure that the rules are followed. Any member may call the attention of the chair to a violation of the rules.  To do so, you stand up, interrupt the chair of the speaker if necessary and without waiting to be recognized, call out, ‘Point of order!'”  On page 107, Brueggemann writes, “The surge of the Spirit generates social upheavals that entrenched power cannot negate and social possibility that entrenched power cannot halt. Thus the case builds for the tense interface of power and truth.”  I think I’ll just pause now and let you ponder.

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 12:5-7
“Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die; he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”

Reflection Questions:
What purpose does the prophetic voice have in today’s culture?
Who are the voices that are hard for you to hear?
What are the root causes of racism?

Prayer: Holy God, help me to listen to the voices of those I do not understand.  Let me try to create a more just world and remind me that my ways are not necessarily your ways.  Amen.

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