As the song goes that I learned as a child, “Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
We now have many mixes of those four colors as well as brown to include. And, Jesus loves them all. So should we. Black lives matter. Brown lives matter.
We must love one another as He taught us to. We must respect each other, be kind to one another, and say no to hate and violence. We must do better.
Too many black and brown people are being killed or injured. Some have been at their homes, others have been jogging, others going about their lives, and others at the hands of police officers who should not be holding those positions.
I know police officers who are great people and treat people fairly and decently. They have said about this recent death of George Floyd that it was murder and was awful. And, one police chief said if you think that incident was good policing, you need to turn in your badge and gun and quit the job.
It is heartbreaking to see and must stop. People also must stop fearing men who they may not know. Just because you look a certain way doesn’t make you a criminal. And, calling the police on someone who isn’t committing a crime can lead to the man’s injuries and possible death, even if unintentionally.
What can we do about it? How can we change the racism that doesn’t seem to have gone away over all of these years? Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for it and died having been a peaceful protester. And, yet, he was still treated badly by some and treated as less than. Despite all he did, some still didn’t see him as an equal.
No one should be treated as less than. We are all special. We all have value. We are all equal. We are all to be respected and treated with kindness. We are all to be loved. We are also more alike than we are different. We all have loved ones, families, and friends.
May we remember that children have to be taught to dislike someone and to be racist. They aren’t born thinking that way. They are born liking others and are able to make friends with many different people. Until someone does something that they may not like; then they might think differently. But, it is not because of what someone looks like.
My prayer is that this racism will stop. Our country has been dealing with this long enough — ever since slavery. I had thought it was finished but we are seeing that it isn’t. The number of people who have been protesting all over the country are wanting to do something about that.
I hope and pray that it will remain peaceful and be safe for all who gather. Today, George Floyd’s brother, Terrence, asked for people to stop the violence as that wasn’t what his brother would want. But, he appreciated those demonstrating peacefully and encouraged people to vote at all levels of government.
Those stoking the fires of hate and racism also need to stop. And, we need to stop listening to them. We need to turn that off and focus on love and kindness. We need to be better for one another and for our children and future generations.
Let us teach our children and each other that all people have value, that no one is better than others, and that racism is bad and should not be practiced. We are to love everyone as Jesus taught us to do.
My prayer is that the officers like the ones who killed George Floyd can be weeded out, and that those officers who are good and decent can continue to do their jobs well and with support for their communities, and that their communities support them.
I also pray that the harmful attitude towards black people and especially the men will change. No one should have to live their lives in fear that something will happen to them or that someone thinks they are less than.
I also pray that those protesting will stay safe and not get the coronavirus as they are peacefully gathering. I pray that those looting and destroying property will stop and realize they are doing harm to others. I also pray that the police officers responding to these events can have peaceful responses and discernment.
And, I pray that the escalation of hate and violence will stop. I pray that cool heads will prevail from all sides, and that kindness will be practiced. I pray for peace and respect for others. And, I pray that we will always love.
(The pictures are from Power Point clip art.)