Justice for All?

Scriptures for today from Celtic Daily Prayer: Northumbria Community:

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.

Isaiah 66:12-13 For thus says the Lord: I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm, and dandled on her knees. As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

My heart has been troubled with everything that is going on in our nation in regards to social justice and institutional racism that has resulted in the deaths of so many of our African-American brothers and sisters. I was at the point where I was personally in emotional pain and couldn’t sleep. And I am someone who is white and privileged in many regards – so how much more emotional pain and distress are our African-American brothers and sisters in the midst of all of this?

Anyhow, because my heart has been troubled and I felt weighed down with it all, I kept thinking of the song, If You Were Mine by Fernando Ortega, because his opening line in that song is, “When my heart is troubled and I am weighed down”. So I decided to repurpose some words and did so a little clumsily – but came up with these words that I have pasted below to the tune. But it was from the heart and found myself having a difficult time getting through the song while looking at the images of these ones who have lost their lives for the crime of being black. I broke down sobbing afterwards. But I hope others can at least look at my clumsy attempt for sharing in my morning and really look at these people and put names and faces and honor these lives.

Know their names?

David McAtee, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, William L. Chapman II, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Sam Dubose, Alton Sterling, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Botham Jean, Jamar Clark, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Ahmaud Arbery, Oscar Grant, Terence Crutcher, Walter Scott, Jeremy McDole

These are just a few lives – I’m sure there are several significant ones I left out. I read about each of their stories as well.

“If You Were Here”
Repurposed Fernando Ortega song (If You Were Mine) – adjusted lyrics by Howie Snyder

When my heart is troubled and I am weighed down
Then I like to think of how this lonesome world would be
If I could see your face, or hold you in my arms
If you were here, if you were here

If you had a bad day I would jump beside you
And I would fight for you with all the strength that I could find
We would fight for justice and we would walk arm in arm
If you were here, if you were here

We would sing of love on the blackest night
We would sing of God, and how His glory fills our lives
We would sing for change, ’til the morning light
If you were here, if you were here

I will sing for change, ’til the morning light
‘til it is here, ‘til it is here

About howie snyder

Cycling Reverend, love Jesus, love my family, love meeting new people and sharing life with them!
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