Is it right, O God, to be grateful for the bare minimum,
for justice done once,
when it has been abandoned so many other times?
Can we give thanks for one day of something like justice,
when there have been so many other empty days?
We call out to you the name of George Floyd,
praying for solace and peace this day for the people who loved him,
and yet we also remember Ma’Khia Bryant,
Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown…and so many more people,
each one beloved to you.
May the tears of pain and rage,
the trauma of past days
the fear of future days
become part of the mighty stream of justice that sweeps us all forward
to a place of true justice and righteousness. Amen.
Mary Austin is the pastor of Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, a multi-cultural church in the Washin.gton, DC area.
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