Listening and Learning

Grieving Together and Growing Together

I shared this photo and caption on my Instagram account yesterday after spending much of this past week trying to read people’s experiences and listen to their stories:

Listening and Learning

I’ve mainly been listening to conversations and needs and experiences over this past week and grieving over the suffering in so many places. I want to learn. I want to grow. But no matter how much I try, I will never totally be able to understand the fullness of my white privilege. But I will try to listen and to support and to be willing to change.
Because change is the only way things get better.
And maybe one way to change is to remember each of us is a person. A person on this one earth at the same time together, called to share love. (@mercyhouseglobal bracelets made by some amazing, skilled people, neighbors on this planet. Thank you, Lillian and Esther.)

I don’t know the answers, but I do know we all need to share love more and more. I pray we can learn to do that together.

A few of the voices I’ve been reading and listening to this week:

“It’s just that it’s unhelpful. It’s an attempt to erase an actual crisis under the guise of being fair. And by continuing to use “All Lives Matter” to drown out the cry of “Black Lives Matter,” the real problems the movement is trying to address are being ignored. … The context of “Black Lives Matter” is not that other lives don’t. The context of “Black Lives Matter” is that the value of black lives remains under assault in the United States.”

  • This tweet about listening.
  • This from our President during a press conference: “To be concerned about these issues is not to be against law enforcement … So to all of law enforcement, I want to be very clear: we know you have a tough job, we mourn those in uniform who are protecting us who lose their lives. … When people say Black Lives Matter, it doesn’t mean blue lives don’t matter, it just means all lives matter, but right now the big concern is the fact that the data shows black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents. This isn’t a matter of us comparing the value of lives…”
  • This post from Lecrae on humility being key to understanding race relations.

Just a sampling of the people I follow on social media that are voices I trust and are involved and I try very hard to listen to and learn from:

How about you supporting neighbors during this past week and beyond? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Side note: I also believe where we spend our money votes on what kind of world we want. When I’m looking for certain items or for gifts or something to brighten someone’s day, I love to support non-profit organizations that work to help real people with real stories. Today, one of my favorite organizations, Mercy House Global, is having a one-day flash sale on some great fair-trade items for women, kids, men, and home. (Earrings are buy one, get one free today only. The “fair trade grab bags” are only $10, which make great gifts. And our family is going to be working through one of the global family kits together this upcoming school year.) These items provide jobs for refugees here in the States and for women in various countries around the world. Please explore the site and learn about the amazing work Mercy House Global does.

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