In place of my own words this week, I’m sending you to the words of the contributors of my favorite prayer book of the year, A Rhythm of Prayer, edited by Sarah Bessey.
This week has been hard for one of the contributors in particular, Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes.
She wrote a beautiful prayer titled “A Prayer of a Weary Black Woman”, in which she poured out her soul to Jesus, and is now under attack by the very Christians she asks Jesus to help her love.
Following her week has been a true lesson in the cost of being Black in America.
Following the week of her supporters has been a true lesson in the cost of speaking out against racism.
I keep saying this, but I have never been more convinced of the absolute necessity of anti-racist work, especially in Christian spaces.
I encourage you to read the Letter of Support for the full story, including Dr. Walker-Barnes’ own behind-the-scenes account of what inspired the poem.
Thank you all so much for being a part of my anti-racist journey. I’m convinced, more than ever, that our efforts make the difference between peace-making and peace-keeping.
To support the artists who contributed to this book, A Rhythm of Prayer edited by Sarah Bessey, you can purchase it at your favorite Indie bookstore or online at any outlet.