This image, I Have A Dream, was drawn by Charles White. It was a lithograph in brown on cream paper in 1976.
The Pandemic will be blamed for many things, but one thing it has brought is rest. Rest for the planet and its inhabitants.
This morning’s sermon by Megan Marshman reminded me of how lost we can get in the busyness of our lives. It reminded me that God knew how important rest was so He modeled it himself on the seventh day after He created the earth. He knew we would become weary and tired and lose our effectiveness.
“God can’t do more with you until you rest,” Marshman said. Burn out is not a badge, she continued in telling the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19. He had had a number of successes, but needed rest.
We are the same way. We have had some successes and want to keep the momentum going. But God knows we need rest. I mean He shut down the whole planet.
The journey is designed to make you grow weary. Rest when the shepherd lays you down. Psalm 23 tells us the pasture is green and lush. Rest in it.
In celebration of African American freedom, we have to remember it was not an easy battle. In light of the protests this month that were centered around the brutal killing of George Floyd by police, this piece is called Protests.
A protester has been peppersprayed.
This is a reminder that during the month of June we will examine African American Art. This figure is referred to as Nkisi Nkondi. It was believed to be a spiritual image with empowered medicinal and magical ingredients. Nails were one of the first commodities Africans began to make trades with Europeans.
Breonna Taylor was an African American woman who was a first responder. She was killed March 13, 2020 when officers executed a search warrant in her home.
With the Pandemic and recent killings of African Americans by police in the United States it is easy to become depressed or seek move away from this type of news. Folks want to avoid talking about it or watch something to take their minds off of it.
Resist the urge to ignore this. Now is the time to have a conversation about how you feel about injustice. It is also time to learn more about these things and how they impact you.
Art has been a great expression of how some people are dealing with unjust situations. I have found comfort in how artists use their creative minds especially to express their pain and fear and translate it onto a canvas.
George Floyd was an African American man who was arrested by Minneapolis Police on Monday, May 25. This situation was video taped by people who watched four police officers hold Floyd down. One officer had his knee on Floyd’s neck which restricted his breathing. Floyd died.
After the world watched this man die on the internet and television as the video was replayed, grief and angry filled the nation as we were faced with the chickens coming home to roost. Since then riots broke out around the city, with even a police department building being burned down.
Over the last couple of months life has become very precious as we have watched the numbers of people dying of the pandemic climb to 100,000. Yet this singular death of one man by a police officer has been the proverbial straw.
I have seen people who have been quiet during other situations like this speak loud and often. I have seen people throw themselves in between police and people they are pursuing.
If we are going to stop this, everyone has to do their part. You have to figure out where you belong and go to it. But everyone has to be a part of this if we are going to stop this. We are going to stop this.