Tuesday, November 25, 2014

For when we feel justice has not been served

Last night, I sat on my parents' bed and watched the Ferguson decision. A few months ago, I sat and wept and wrote about why Ferguson and Michael Brown matter. And today I find myself in the same position. This morning I woke up and scrolled through Twitter, tears welling in my eyes as I found myself frustrated and hurting and just so very unsure of what to think or believe about the state of our nation.

My heart hurts as I think about Michael Brown's family, because they lost a son. My heart hurts as I consider Darren Wilson, knowing that he did not wake up that morning expecting to take a life. My heart aches as I think about the futures of my ten sweet chocolate faced babies whom I love and adore and spend my days with at work. My heart hurts.

I cannot pretend to know all that happened that day in Ferguson. I cannot feign ignorance towards a race problem in America. I cannot turn a blind eye to the hurt and despair within our nation. And yet I have no answers. As I read through various perspectives, what is clear to me is one thing: we are in need of peace. Peace does not come through arguments and protests. Peace does not come through prejudice and harsh words. Peace is a Person, and that Person is Jesus Christ.

Peace is a Person & not a place & we can run to Him, stay in Him, walk in Him & in Him, reach out, peacemakers in a world that's pain-making.- Ann Voskamp

So where do we go from here? How do we move forward when we are hurting and angry and confused and just so very sad? We continue to pray. We work towards understanding by seeking to listen to others who are not like us. We ask the Lord to give us eyes and ears that are humble and aware. And we recognize that justice is not ours to execute, but rather in the hands of a mighty God who holds our tears in His hands.

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? - Micah 6:8


  1. Jessica, thank you for your heartfelt words. Well-said. The Truth is very powerful. We'll continue to pray and lift up the Prince of Peace. Blessings to you and your lovely family as you gather for Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank you for reading, Rose! And I pray you and your family enjoy this Christmas season together.



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