I read recently the confession of a woman struggling to celebrate African-American History Month with relevance; my nodded head at the screen in agreement. African-American history is just that-history to me, and while I am grateful that Carter G. Woodson’s Negro History Week became a month and is now nationally celebrated as an opportunity to teach those who don’t know the things on which I was raised, I’m mostly over it. America, we’ve got to do better. (I am struggling with my patriotism right now; that’s another matter.)
|This is not a time for peace. It's time to go to war. Disturb us, Lord. We need You, Lord. |
We all do. Hear our prayers.
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I needed a war cry. I have it now. I am using what remains of African-American History Month to pray over the men in my life (My Beloves a war on African-American men, and I stand in horror as my country places them at risk to become gravely endangered. History is repeating itself, and not in a manner that warrants any do-overs.d, the Professor, my little/big brother, my nephews and cousins among others), because itit feels like there is a war on African-American men, and I stand in horror as my country places them at risk to become gravely endangered. History is repeating itself, and not in a manner that warrants any do-overs.
I recently saw the movie Selma, and the death of Civil Rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson called to mind the deaths of Emmitt Till, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and the marginalization of African-American men. In the words of Jonathan Capehart writing in the Washington Post, black men are under siege in America.
What do I intend to do about it? I intend to pray. If the enemy wants a fight, I’m taking it to him, and I’ll take all the help I can get. There are always at least three approaches to a problem-making things happen, watching things happen, and wondering what happened. I’m going to war.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
~Ephesians 6:12 (NASB)
What am I asking you to do? Join me in praying for the men in your lives, for the men in all our lives. It’s our fight, and it is the fight of our lives. We cannot do it alone, and I do not want to…
Ecclesiastes 4:12 teaches us that
And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. (NASB)
I close with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,’s prayer from Thou, Dear God: Prayers that Open Hearts and Spirits
out of whose mind this great cosmic universe, we bless you. Help us to seek that which is high, noble and good. Help us in the moment of difficult decision. Help us to work with renewed vigor for a warless world, a better distribution of wealth, and a brother/sisterhood that transcends race or color.
We need You, Lord. We all do.
Selah and Amen
Will you pray with me? Will you add your prayers to mine?