Do This In Remembrance Of Me
June 3, 2020
What a difference one week can make. Until now, my focus has been on how to survive the Corona virus without getting too overwhelmed emotionally. During that time, my heart ached for those who had lost their lives, and as I became more acutely aware of the inequities of society and how it caused people of color to suffer or die at a greater percentage than whites, my heartache grew.
And now this!!! Before George Floyd’s death, I was always heartbroken and angry when I saw Black people abused by police. Even though there were videos to show what happened, somehow most of the police officers did not get prosecuted. Just google it, it’s appalling. In a lot of cases there were protests, but these soon faded with time as the pleas for justice fell on deaf ears. So how is this time different, and will it be different in the end? I don’t know the answer, but I think one contributing factor is the Corona pandemic. Most people are not working now and therefore have more time to watch the news and that murderous act over and over again, as well as all the other incidents of police brutality and social prejudice happening just in this past week. They also have time to protest all day and every day. I believe this is one example of how God has created good out of the Corona pandemic.
This past Sunday while Lisa was doing Communion, I was struck by the words, “Do this in remembrance of me.” It suddenly dawned on me that George Floyd, like Jesus, was a martyr for an important and necessary cause. The nation is outraged about what happened to this man. And I, for one, hope the non-violent outrage continues so that people are moved to do what they can to obtain social justice for all. We need to “do this in remembrance” of George Floyd.
May peace and love and justice prevail,