To Weep Without Words Is Sometimes the True Word
August 25, 2017
Someone died today.
A mother, a father, a brother, a sister, a child, and a friend mourned.
A victim of violence died, an innocent on the streets of a major city.
A perpetrator of crime died in the midst of committing a crime.
A persecuted soul died for an unpopular religion or idea.
A terrorist died and a victim of terrorism died.
Someone died because they were hated for their race, ethnicity, or other identity.
In recent days, cops have died.
Sailors died in the last week.
Innocent victims of over zealous police have died - too many.
Innocent victims of "just wars" are dying every day.
For every death, there are mourners who need no justification to mourn other than the pain of their loss and the tragedy of death that has come too soon.
There are moments when we simply stand in silence with those who mourn as Job's friends did and recognize that many mourn for so many reasons that so many cannot fully understand.
We can listen and learn if we lay aside our own agendas.
We can weep with them and with God who weeps with us.
We can recommit our lives to loving God and our neighbors.
We MUST live out the potential that the fallen would have lived out. They have left a gap.
We must pray for a communities that are broken and people who feel powerless.
We must pray for truth and justice with mercy to prevail.
We must be willing to risk identifying with everyone who is marginalized.
We must be the voices for all who have no voice as they find their voice.
To say more or less in hours of sorrow is not possible.
People died today.
God wept and weeps.
"Jesus wept." - John 11:35