One of life’s hardest tasks comes in answering a young child’s questions about the presence of evil and tragedy in the world. I found myself challenged to tell my son that sometimes people hurt other people because they do not like them and because of the color of their skin. So, I told my son about Trayvon Martin, about how he was killed, and about what was now being done to bring justice for his death. I asked my son if he understood what I was trying to tell him. He said, “Yes,” then returned to playing. He did not understand. But I knew that one day he must, and it will be my responsibility as his father to ensure that he does.
—Michael W. Waters, Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture (Fresh Air Books, 2014)
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[God] has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.
—Micah 6:8 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, help my generation rise to meet the challenges of our day with courage and integrity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Prayer by Michael W. Waters in Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture
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Read more from Michael W. Waters on the Upper Room Ministries Blog. In “A Different Set of Rules,” Waters writes about growing up as a young Black boy and raising his son in America. His experiences reflect a troubling reality for Black people across the country. As you read his story, let it guide you to prayer and action. Read “A Different Set of Rules.”
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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