Pictures of Emanuel
Embraced within the womb of
Mother Emanuel, evil sat
And listened to voices praising -
Nine faces looked into hatred,
Undertook a martyrs call to
Evict hate from the game, allowed
Love to rule the day.
Perhaps we'll learn from voices
Rallying together, honoring
A path flashed upon TV screens -
Yearn, reach, achieve true healing.
For are we all not a patchwork quilt
Of ornately different patterns, textures,
Rich colors? God's tapestry of
Undeniable beauty? Will we ever find the
Sense to grasp tightly and hold all dear?
by Margaret Bednar, June 20, 2015
My feeble attempt to express myself regarding the 9 lives murdered in Charleston SC due to racist hatred - and the moving, and truly heroic voices raised by the victims' families during the bond hearing. I will do my best to never forget their example of what true Christian mercy looks like.
NY Times "Charleston Shooting".
The following is an excerpt from this NY Times article:
At Morris Brown A.M.E. Church, just a few blocks from Emanuel, the mood of a packed house alternated between grief, hope and resilience. Calls of “enough is enough” echoed as the Rev. John Richard Bryant called for an end to gun violence.
“You look like a quilt, you look like patches,” Mr. Bryant said. “You all fit somewhere.”
Hundreds of people packed the pews of the white-columned Second Presbyterian Church on Thursday evening in a vigil to remember the victims of the shooting. Pastors read Scripture, the congregation sang and the Rev. Sidney Davis delivered a rousing sermon, his voice cracking at times. After reading a passage from the Bible, he said, “Last night, Satan came again. Satan came to say white and black cannot raise God.”
Later, he told the racially mixed congregation that the bullets were not simply penetrating the people who died in the church. “It was all of us dying last night,” he said.
Linked with "Imaginary Garden of Real Toads - Fireblossom Friday: Picture This" I hope this is close enough to the prompt challenge - I have really been moved by the voices and images of the people declaring "Hate won't win". And if we take their lead, it won't.