Sunday 31st May 2020 Pentecost Sunday
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Tuesday 2nd June 2, 2020
For once our news headlines haven’t been related to the Corona virus, sadly on the weekend when we celebrated God breathing life into the early church by the power of the Holy Spirit we witnessed George Floyd pleading for breath. On the weekend when we read about different nationalities coming together and understanding each others languages and rejoicing together we are watching scenes of horrific racism unfolding. On Sunday I read from Joel the passage “your young men shall see visions and your old men will dream dreams” I remembered another speech about dreams
on August 28, 1963, in which he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States. Martin Luther King delivered his famous speech
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
Quite clearly 57 years later we are still witnessing inequality and racism, and persecution and brutality.
After the scenes of goodness and kindness we have witnessed during the covid pandemic make these scenes all the more horrific for us to view in Britain. Amid hopes we would view our world differently after all we have been through and lost and long to have again and we would emerge changed . Let us pray for the family of George Floyd and mat we all continue to pray for Gods spirit to bring healing and hope again.
Nelson Mandela famously said “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Let us all continue to pray for freedom and justice for all.
Love & Prayers