Redeeming God, lover of mercy, shepherd of the brokenhearted, we cry out to you today in pain, longing for justice. When the violence of the past and the violence of the present seem to swallow us whole, help us to find the courage to stand for what is right – for the safety, health, and wholeness of each and every one of your children. Today we remember especially the six young people who lost their lives 57 years ago in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church of Birmingham, Alabama and the shootings in its aftermath: Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Carol Denise McNair, Virgil Ware, and Johnnie Robinson. We remember them even as we stand in protest of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others for whom justice has not yet been found. May we be people of justice and joy, emboldened for the work of anti-racism and the dismantling of systemic injustice, for it is the work of us all. In the name of forgiving one, the one who restores all to abundant life, we pray, Amen.
Where are you holding on to or ignoring hate in your life? What steps can you take towards letting it go?
“Forgiveness and Justice” a sermon by Mark Miller