This morning I bicycled by three Swedish high school girls. One of them raised her fist to the sky for me with the most beautiful smile and sincerity in her eyes, then I thought to myself, I wonder if George Floyd knew?
I wonder if he knew that he was a type of Jesus, a seed kept alive to die early for the whole world to come alive in unity against racism.
His face against the ground left a print on the earth; our hearts, banners, and social media profile pictures. This beautiful black man's face rests on people's chests as the face of change. Indeed, he was a messenger.
Now here is a message that I live with the world. Be angry, but do not let the anger lead you to sin, let it not last through to the next day, lest you be trapped in the past and make the death of brother George Floyd ineffective. Remember the result that his face has brought and maintain that instead of hatred. The whole world is listening; now, let us also remember Tata, Nelson Mandela, as we address it. This journey has far come to the point of love, and only love can sustain this newness of life.
Refusing to forgive is a trap, and we must avoid it by all means because if we don't, even sickness has a way into our souls and bodies. If we do forgive, we will have access to health and all the goodness of life as provided by God.
I think that if George Floyd knew, he would have told us this very thing. I imagine that if only he could breathe long enough, he would probably say, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.
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