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