"Will they weep with me or will they judge whether I should be weeping or not?"
Jason Meyer BBC 7.9.2016
This single sentence from last weeks sermon on the realities of racial conflict and separation in our society has rocked my world. It's asking if we (I) am willing to go into the hard places, the dark places, the scary places, with those who are suffering without making any judgments first to see if they deserve what they got or somehow should have avoided where they are.
Which required a Full Stop.
To breath in and out.
And really think.
Because it's WAY easier to be the judge-than to show compassion.
It's often more comfortable to move away from the hurting than to move towards them.
To assume the best, hope things are not as bad as they say and expect someone else whos better equipped to move into the places we are uncomfortable going.
So we miss the opportunities set before us.
To heal relationships, build communities and change the culture.