|Photo Credit: Creative Commons, Brian Turner|
Last night I sat down with my 13 and 11 year old daughters and explained the ruling in the Martin/Zimmerman case. I spoke in an impartial tone and explained the situation as I’ve been reading. I told them no one really knows what happened except those 2 individuals. We talked about the item found in Trayvon Martin’s pocket, the bag of Skittles.
I pray when my children are my age, they look back on the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman verdict as the “bad, old days”. The days when people noticed skin color instead of the hearts that beat inside of us. It is not impossible. But it is up to us.
|The girls and their uncle.|
Shhh. Don't tell them he's not my brother by blood.
Until that time, let us recite Mother Teresa’s prayer often:
O God, we pray for all those in our worldwho are suffering from injustice:
For those who are discriminated against
because of their race, color or religion;
For those imprisoned
for working for the relief of oppression;
For those who are hounded
for speaking the inconvenient truth;
For those tempted to violence
as a cry against overwhelming hardship;
For those deprived of reasonable health and education;
For those suffering from hunger and famine;
For those too weak to help themselves
and who have no one else to help them;
For the unemployed who cry out
for work but do not find it.
We pray for anyone of our acquaintance
who is personally affected by injustice.
Forgive us, Lord, if we unwittingly share in the conditions
or in a system that perpetuates injustice.
Show us how we can serve your children
and make your love practical by washing their feet.
In what ways do you teach your children tolerance?
If you don’t have kids, are you participating in the “village” of helping to raise the kids of others?
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