Oh how I wish I had the words!
But all I have is cries from the soul.

Oh how I wish the cry did not go up…
and again
and again and again

How long?

I feel my privilege more keenly than ever
I am white
I am British
I am cocooned

And yet still…
the cry goes up from my heart
How long O God will this go on?
How long O God will people make judgments; make hasty decisions; shoot first talk later; choose fear, choose hate, choose mistrust?
How long will some have to teach their children fear rather than love?
How long
O God
How Long


Julie (Woods) Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She recently married and is getting used to a new name. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit

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