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Justice and Mercy

Prayers for Ferguson, and similar settings

We cannot escape the news and the situation in Ferguson, nor should we.  Lord, have mercy.  These events remind us that there is much work to be done for racial reconciliation in America.  Not only do we pray for peace in Ferguson, but we pray for change in our own human selves to live lives of love and especially with those who differ from us in any and so many ways.  We need to listen to each other and be in prayer for each other because change happens when we care for views other than our own because the person who holds that view is, well, a person.  As Christians, we care for lives other than our own and are different than our own.  And we all are connected to Ferguson.  Most deeply, as with everything else and whatever our context, we need to live a life of love as Jesus does, simply because we are made in the image of God, and God is love and is the great reconciler.

There are so many articles floating around out there, and we want to highlight two that we thought were interesting and helpful, and worth sharing.

This one is from two Jesuit students who visited Ferguson 

This one is from Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Conference 

And see this from the Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert Carlson

Lord, have mercy.

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