God presides over heaven’s court; he pronounces judgement on the heavenly beings: “How long will you hand down unjust decisions by favouring the wicked? Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people…”
It has been hard to know how to pray as the protests continue following the murder of George Floyd in the US, but we cannot do nothing. We cry out to God for justice and mercy, knowing that the issues and problems of racial injustice go deeper and further back in history than we admit. And we stand alongside our sisters and brothers at Northway Church and elsewhere for whom the pain is very personal and real.
I found these words on lament very helpful, and hope they will help you reflect and pray:
“The prayer of lament is a place to begin as we seek to respond to the sin, the brokenness, and the complexity of our life together as human beings. It is tempting to rush to problem-solving and fixing when the situation is so dire, but I hope we won’t.
Let us stop, at least for a moment, and lament together.
Let us stand in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters who continue to experience such tragic loss.
Let us mourn with them the loss of another black man – son, brother, father, friend – and affirm that black lives matter.
Let us grieve for those in the US who lost their lives, and those who have been injured here in the UK, while trying to keep the peace.
Let us acknowledge complexity, that we don’t have answers, and cry out to God together for the peace and justice that still seems so far away from us.”