Why are we so reluctant to learn?
But God is kind - He had this tune next on my playlist while I worked and it seems more than just well timed.
Amidst the chaos and the protests and the violence and the shouting and the madness and the accusations and the grief ... God is still speaking. The Prince of Peace still works in the lives of the people He has created and the ones for whom He laid His life down. He is just. He is good. He is merciful. It's just that sometimes we can't - or don't want to hear Him above the noise of our own voices. We've managed to cover our ears and insist on our own form of "justice" rather than invite the will of God to be realized rather than our own perverseness.
Next week we will be teaching the kids about the Lord's Prayer and two portions of that model are needed in overwhelming portions.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
His kingdom is not susceptible to corruption or racism or hatred or injustice. So Heavenly Father - may your kingdom come here ... and quickly!
And may we learn what peace and forgiveness looks like in the balance of justice.
I grieve with the families and friends of the victims in all of this craziness.