Peace is Possible. We need to look for it.
I don’t watch or listen to the news much because most of what’s covered and served up to us is negative and so toxic. But I couldn’t help hear and see and feel the news about what’s happening in Missouri. Yesterday, a report on public radio got my attention about the Highway Patrol being placed in charge of the investigation of the death of Michael Brown, the teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson.
After nights of tear gas, rubber bullets and police in riot gear, it gives me hope to see images of Captain Ron Johnson (and the police chief) marching with citizens in peaceful protest in the video from the USA Today article below.
I don’t know how often law enforcement people march with protestors, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. As we mourn the loss of Michael Brown, I hope that we can all learn from our mistakes and that, going forward, those in authority realize that showing a position of fear fed dominance and control generally makes things worse.
What can we each do as individuals to move in a direction of peace?
I pray for the family of Michael Brown.
I pray for healing and peace in my homeland.
I pray for healing and peace for our planet.