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Knowing what I do not know

As I woke up today and saw the many headlines of cities on fire, I was grieved that our country has gotten to this point.

Let me begin by saying that I am a highly empathetic & sensitive white privileged woman. I feel deeply the pain and the joy of others and I am feeling the pain of our country right now.

I do not know what it is like to fear others because of my skin color. I do see you and feel your pain.

I do not know what it's like to be an innocent business owner whose dreams have been set ablaze because our society has lost the ability to speak with gentleness & respect. Or because our fellow human beings have never been fully heard. I do see you and feel your pain.

As a woman, I have tasted what it feels like to be held back in society. For me, it is because of gender; not skin color. It's just WRONG. I see you and feel your pain.

I do not pretend to know what it's like to have every store focused on the needs, skin, and hair type of a white person. I see you and feel your pain.

I do not pretend to have a solution to this massive injustice. I see you and feel your pain.

There is so much that I do not know, so I'd like to focus on what I do know for a moment.

I know a Savior who sees your pain and weeps with you.

I know a Savior who has felt your suffering and injustice.

I know a Savior who sees beauty in diversity and loves His creation deeply.

I know a Savior who heals the brokenhearted and mends the wounds.

I know a Savior who wants to comfort you personally and individually.

I know a Savior who treated everyone He meets with gentleness and respect.

I know a Savior who wants to wrap His loving arms around you and provide you peace in the midst of this storm.

I know a Savior who can get this conversation done and create massive transformation in a society, a life, even in the midst of dysfunction.

I know when I am tempted to abuse my power, my Savior reminds me "do to others as I would have done to myself".

I know when I tempted to use violence or hatred to get my voice heard, my Savior, reminds me "do to others as I would have done to myself".

I know when I feel the urge to complain, blame, criticize things I don't know about, or refuse to listen to how I can change, He reminds me to "do to others as I would have done to myself."

I know a Savior who will never leave you or forsake you, even when it feels like He's silent. He sees you and hears you.

Praying we can begin open discussions toward healing our land together.

~Doreen Steenland~




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