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Struggling. Heartbroken. Help.

July 8, 2016

I’m struggling to keep up with the news.

Struggling to understand.

With friends on all sides of this current wave of shootings in our country.

Struggling for an appropriate reaction response.

Angry. Sad. Confused. And way beyond what those feeble words represent.

But front and center is heartbreak.

Monica and Sam Hall are real-life friends of mine. They and their family were active in the congregation I served before this one. I still run into Sam here and there and we hug and carry on and catch up. Love these guys.

Here’s what Monica wrote this evening, and it’s with her graciously expressed permission that I share this with you. Take the time to read this. Please.

I’m just sick to my stomach and heart broken. I told my boys when they were about 3 or 4 that would be treated differently because of the color of their skin.
Many thought I shouldn’t have done that at such a young age but I wanted them to be aware of what was going on around them.
I fear even more for them now.
I cry thinking about my oldest going off to school not only because he is my first but because I’m terrified a cop is going to see my dark skinned, tattooed, both ears pierced son and shoot first.

 

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4 Comments
  1. Janet permalink

    O my goodness sorry I posted . On the wrong entry. I am so sorry

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  2. I’ve removed it. Knew it wasn’t what you intended. And I’m kinda glad I’m not the only one that does stuff like this

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  3. I came online to write something on the subject and I am angry for many reasons this week. I am now even more concerned with this mother’s fears said out loud — the results of this current week can only make her shiver more. I can’t imagine what they are going through, but I know that I was not raised to hate and have a hard time understanding those who do. I heard Bob Schieffer say something this morning and though I don’t have the exact quote, it was similar to this, “there is just so much hate being inflamed and at a boiling point in this country right now…” He nailed it. I am incensed by this political season that just keeps feeding the hate. I just wish I could take Monica’s fears away, but the empathic side of me will now worry deeply with her as well as my friends who have good kids who share Monica’s children’s story, not to mention my own grand-nephew.

    Heartbroken!!!

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  4. Bill and Jan Prewitt permalink

    I feel very sorry for them too and will certainly keep them in prayer; however, I do not think a policeman would shoot at a child because of color, tattoes, etc. If the child is innocent and not doing wrong, I do not believe they would single them out. Some of the best people I know are bikers, that are often talked about because of the way the dress, etc. They have the biggest hearts of anyone I have met and they are not usually singled out by our officers…..God Bless all of them…….

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