Prayer, Prayers for Pastors

A slight nod of the head (a prayer for pastors)

Nine victims of the Charleston church shooting.   Top row: Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton middle row: Daniel Simmons,  Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders Bottom row: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson
Nine victims of the Charleston church shooting.
Top row: Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
middle row: Daniel Simmons, Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders
Bottom row: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson

Lord,

When we worry

about the way people will hear us,

when we worry

that the truth will sting,

when we worry

what will happen to us,

remind us

that our silence

does not serve you.

Our silence is not safety,

or neutrality.

It is a slight nod of the head,

giving permission for

the sin of racism to continue.

May our heads shake,

as we say “No more,”

shake hard enough

that there can be no question

where we stand,

for the sake of Jesus Christ,

and his beloved servants

who have lost their lives

to human evil.

Amen.