Sadness. Anger. Heaviness. Confusion. Fatigue. This is what we’ve been feeling recently. This is what we’ve been hearing when we ask friends how they’re doing. Processing what’s happening in our world right now isn’t easy, and we’re guessing you’re wading through a tumultuous sea of emotions too.
For many of us, there’s also a feeling of helplessness. What should I do now? Where do we go from here?
Two weeks ago, five women from our (in)courage staff and writing team gathered to process together recent events and the deep-rooted history of injustice in our country. If you missed that community conversation, watch it below (or click here for a closed caption version). We know you’ll be encouraged!
Since then, we — your (in)courage staff and writers — have been listening, reading, learning, and lamenting. We’ve been asking each other hard questions and sharing our collective experiences to help one another. We’ve been praying, wrestling, examining our own hearts, minds, and lives. For some of us, that looks like taking steps to raise awareness or to heal our own racial trauma. For others, that looks like growing in our understanding of the trauma and prejudice we’ve never had to endure.
We are all asking God for help to be willing and ready to do what we need to do.
But this is not the work of one or two weeks. Racism in America won’t change because people hold a sign or have one hard conversation or post a black square on social media.
We’ve got to keep leaning in and asking God to give us eyes that see, ears that hear, and hearts ready to do the hard work of undoing prejudices and racism in our own hearts, our families, our communities, our churches, and our country.
Here at (in)courage, not all of us are experts in anti-racism education or racial justice, but we are sisters in Christ willing to link arms. We want to continue listening when it’s uncomfortable, learning when it’s hard, and seeking to love a little more like Jesus every day.
We also wanted to share with you a collection of resources that are helping us in the process.
Find our list of anti-racism resources here.
This collection has been gathered by the (in)courage contributors. It is certainly not an exhaustive list. There are SO many good, helpful, needed resources and voices out there. We encourage you to do your own research too. But if you’re asking yourself, Where do I go from here?, we hope you find these resources as starting points for your learning.
We’re all on different parts of the journey. The way forward is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but together we can cling to this promise:
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
Psalm 25:9 (NIV)
Though we rightly feel sad, angry, confused, and weary, we are also women of courage! We are committed, resilient, hopeful, and surrendered. We are prayer-warriors and difference-makers, so let’s pray this prayer together:
Lord, help us.
Lord, make us humble.
Lord, teach us your way.
Lord, let it begin with me.
Our prayer for this journey: Lord, help us. Lord, make us humble. Lord, teach us your way. Lord, let it begin with me. Click To Tweet Leave a Comment