We need to do better!
Ellie misses her friends from Texas so much. She points to this specific picture and says “I want to go play with these friends.” When we go visit Texas our plan is to pay the day rate and let her hang out with her friends for the day.
I know I haven’t posted on social media my feelings about where we are at in our world right now. I appreciate all of your patience as I have been looking for the right words. I haven’t known what to say. Forming the right words has been difficult because truly my heart just hurts. However, I have been praying. I have been reflecting. I have been listening! I have been learning. I’m realizing I will never have the right words. I will never be able to put into words the injustice that is happening right now. Honestly, I’ve been thinking I’m not so special that my words can change what is happening.
However, I know my words can bring peace to broken hearts. Me speaking out can help so many feel heard.
I’ve been asking God, what do I say? Where do I go? How do I show my black brothers and sisters that I see them? How do I let them know that I hear them?
Then I saw this picture. It’s of Ellie and her friends at Primrose. This picture reminds me of how ten years ago I walked into primrose for the first time and that summer I began to teach a group of 4 and 5 year olds. Several years later they were all part of the proposal and attended the wedding. I taught kids of every race. That first year I had a group of boys who are black. Now these amazing boys are 14 and 15 and I just can’t understand how they can be treated differently because of the color of their skin. I don’t understand it but I won’t pretend it doesn’t exist because IT DOES. Racism is still very much alive. These same boys are 14 and they are having a conversation with their parents that is confusing and heartbreaking. I pray for all my little friends everyday. I don’t care if they are 14 they will always be my little friends. I pray that God would protect them and their families. I pray that God would fill them with His hope. My heart breaks for each of you and I want you to know that I see you and I stand with you and I love you!
I asked Ellie why she misses the friends in her picture. She said, “we played and they are nice and love me cause they hug me!”
This is all I needed to hear to know we need to be better. All of us can be and do better.
“Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.” Amid 5:24 NLT