To my friends who are people of color,
I hate that it takes cell phone footage for me to begin to see and weep. I wish I would have seen it through the fear in your eyes or felt it through the heaviness in your hearts before evidence was presented.
Thank you for your patience with me. It reflects the long-suffering and gracious nature of the God in whose image you were made (see Psalm 103:8-14).
The stamp of the image of God
Permeates from soul to skin.
Marks of being fearfully made-
features, frames, and further in.
We ought kneel before this image-
To acknowledge, to affirm in awe-
Instead, we stand and watch
As His image is rubbed raw.
The Maker of Melanin was
Horribly marred on the tree.
In His love, He suffered
To set all humanity free.
If our mouths speak of his graces,
But we divert eyes from their faces,
We are complicit in hate that effaces
His image by dividing the races.
Let us no longer be timid,
But overturn tables in our hearts.
Let us look for blindness within us
For that is where redemption starts.
You have seen the depths of hatred,
You drank the cup of wrath on the cross.
Now, may we apply your salvation,
As you refine and remove the dross.