Say their names:

George Floyd

Ahmaud Arbery

Eric Garner

Philando Castile

Trayvon Martin

The list goes on, and on, and on.

Last week, I planned on sharing just a message from Rev. Otis Moss, pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, who I had the honor of taking a preaching course from in seminary.  The message is entitled “The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery”.  I would strongly encourage you to watch today.CHECK IT OUT HEREIt is the message you probably should want to hear more than what I have to say, and in truth, I probably want to hear it more than anything I have to say.  And yet, in light of the week that has transpired, it became necessary to make sure that I needed to speak to what is happening in our community.  Please check out the video and/or audio of message above.

PSALMS 13: 1-3

1 How long, YHWH? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I wrestle with my anguish, and wallow in despair all day long? How long will my enemy win over me? 3 Look at me! Answer me, YHWH, my God!

PSALMS 22:1-2

1 My God, my God, Why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far away, so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? 2 I cry all day, my God, but you never answer; I call all night long, and sleep deserts me.