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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 3, 2021

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MONDAY, May 3          [Elisabeth Cruciger]

Psalm 56:8 You have noted my lamentation; put my tears into your bottle; are they not recorded in your book?

Everything feels broken. Yet another black man was killed as he begged for his life, promising that he would cooperate as he lay on the ground with a white man’s knee on his neck. Seeing his face reminds me of my father.

The absolute heartbreak that comes with being brown and black is a weight I was not, am not, and might not ever be fully ready to bear. It is a weight put upon me by white friends and acquaintances who ask me how to be less racist. It is a weight that comes from my desire to make my parents proud and my need to protect my younger sisters, and it is a weight that comes from my friends who tell me that they too are afraid for my life.

This psalm’s lament reminds us from whom we draw our strength. Lord, you have put my tears in your bottle. Help me so that I might dry another’s tears, as you dry mine.

MOVING FORWARD: What anti-racist work do you need to do in your heart and through your actions?

PRAY for the Diocese of Bujumbura (Burundi)

Ps 56, 57, [58] *64, 65 | Wisdom 9:1,7-18 | Colossians (3:18—4:1)2-18 | Luke 7:36-50



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