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SoCS: Bummers, Blessings, and All I Need to Know Right Now


Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “nose/noes/knows.” Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Have fun!

I don’t know if I can get to the fun part. There’s a saying or two about wisdom knows what it doesn’t know. The wise person knows they don’t know a lot.

I don’t know a lot about being a police officer. But I know we can do a lot better in training, screening, and being more compassionate in general. What’s got me going is trying to understand what happened in the fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya by a police officer in Michigan earlier this month. I guess a lot of people are trying to understand. Why does this keep happening between Black men (and women) and police officers.

I know there are plenty of good police officers. I know at least one. But why did the police officer who stopped Patrick Lyoya, because his car had the wrong license plate, end up shooting him in the back of the head? The police officer was on top of Patrick who was face down. There was some kind of struggle for the police taser. But Patrick was face down with the officer on top of him. And the officer shot Patrick IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD.

I’ve been informed by one person on my FB post, that police “don’t shoot to wound,” and my officer friend commented, “we don’t shoot to kill.” They aim for the biggest body part – the torso. So why did Patrick get shot in the head?

Taking a deep breath. And another.

I’m writing this on Good Friday. Why did Jesus have to die on the cross so young? But he wasn’t really young, was he? He was trying to change the world. Trying to help people understand about love. And he did that.

Maybe we can keep on learning about love. Keep loving who we can. Support the good cops. Encourage those who are trying to do good. We can do the little bits of good where we are.

Tomorrow, I’m going to put cans of fruit cocktail, soup, and Chef Boyardee pasta in our church blessing box that David made and I painted with help from kids at church. We do what we can.

I’d like to add that the police officer I know is a blessing. I met her working on community murals. She’s been a cop for many years and does a lot of good.

When Jesus died on the cross, his friends thought things were as dark as they could be. They were filled with despair. But we can turn despair into hope that people will learn from mistakes. We can learn to love in small ways or in big ways. It’s not easy, but it is possible. That’s what I’m telling myself.

This song came to me this morning: “I Don’t Know Much, But I Know I Love You.” I like the sound and images even if the singing is slightly out of sync.

Wishing you blessings at Easter and always,

JoAnna of the Forest


For more streams and rules for SoCS, visit out host, Linda Hill by clicking HERE. She knows!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

14 thoughts on “SoCS: Bummers, Blessings, and All I Need to Know Right Now

  1. Love the music and your words

  2. Love really is the answer, JoAnna. Love of all humans…no justifications to feel otherwise. It would not only take care of the issues with police shootings and people of color, but it would resolve many social issues that we face daily. It would finally put an end to war, racism and discrimination. I’m not sure how people don’t understand that this is the true path to happiness, but then I tend to be a bit of a pollyanna who embraces the love of a savior who gave his life to teach this lesson. It’s too bad that the lesson isn’t always understood.

    Have a wonderful Easter!

  3. Beautiful song to end a heartbreaking post. I know not the answers to any of the questions that you raise. I know only that we have to keep on doing good in the face of hatred and evil in our world. Reflections on the crucifixion of Jesus remind me that we put our lives on the line when we challenge those in power to accountability for misuse of their power.

    • Thank you, Rosaliene. It does take courage. I will hold on to this: I know only that we have to keep on doing good in the face of hatred and evil in our world.

  4. Thanks for caring deeply JoAnna and doing what you can to make the world a little more loving and compassionate.

    • Thank you, Brad. Sometimes I have this little thought that I should apologize when I write a post like this one. So, your comment means a lot. I do care deeply and sometimes it just overflows onto my blog.

  5. “Taking a deep breath. And another”

    I have no intelligent words to say because it’s so hard to process, when I think I have processed one murder, here comes another, trauma, on top of trauma, I don’t have answers but many questions. I’m nobody, I have no voice it seems, I just don’t know.

    “Taking a deep breath. And another” I just don’t know; I have many questions but no answers.

    Thanks for highlighting this here at ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE ❤

    • It’s so hard to process when one murder comes after another, so hard to fathom why people don’t learn from the obvious public mistakes of others. But know this, dear LaToya, you are not “nobody.” You are a person of who cares and feels deeply. You have a voice. Our voices matter. ❤

  6. Questioning the fun part in this Stream is so valid.

  7. Very nice, JoAnna. I hope you had a happy Easter.

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