I have written earlier about how I am thankful to be in the Psalms and focusing on 100 days of prayer. Like many, I have been lamenting the losses many are experiencing due to COVID-19 and the awakening to the racial injustice that so many have suffered for so long. There is reason to lament, and that is a good place to start. But more is needed.
There is so much understandable frustration and pain, and our tendency is to react by either pushing our pain down in denial or pushing it out in anger, hostility, even violence. While these human reactions may be understandable, they are not often helpful. When it comes to racism, white people like myself have dismissed or denied systemic racism for too long.