9.03.2014

#Ferguson, Justice & Privilege

Following the recent events in Ferguson, MO, I was eager to attend a community prayer event announced by The Journey Tower Grove. I can truly say it was one of the most emotional prayer times I have ever attended, and that without any form of manipulation. We were all there deeply concerned about what is happening in our city, crying out to God for racial reconciliation in Christ, plus healing for the families involved and our community at large. I had stayed up for nights in a row, becoming physically sick over this situation. This prayer night was the first I let the emotions flow.

I recently tweeted, "Can honestly say I never expected my grandparents' old hometown to one day become a hashtag. Or end up on the cover of Time." Now that this is the reality of a town I have spent much time in with both family and dear friends, the words Pastor Darrin Patrick shared at that prayer event, with similar sentiment recorded below, are vitally important. Please take these 12 minutes to listen, pray and respond. Then share this, and have those conversations.

You may also read the entire message here.

UPDATE: I've since developed a series on Racial Reconciliation and Community Development. Click the link to read the series.

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