Prayers for Minneapolis and beyond

Social media has been buzzing since a black man, George Floyd, was killed by police and rioting and looting broke out in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the region where I live. Protests and expressions of support for the protesters have since expanded to other parts of the country and around the world.

As explosive as the anger has been, the demands for change have been just as loud and insistent. One Minneapolis city councilor called racism a disease, which needs to be recognized and healed. 

All of us are needed to bring healing to this scourge, to prove the powerlessness of hatred, apathy, and complacency to win the day. I’ve found that an invaluable way to do this is through prayer inspired and informed by God’s love as the only legitimate power. Our prayers can affirm how God, as Love, deconstructs systems of animosity, indifference, and inequality; and how life lived with the understanding of God as invariable Truth and all-inclusive Love reconstructs, establishes, and builds up our love for one another, resulting in improved systems of justice, care for each other, and peace.

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