Lament after the Shooting of Jacob Blake

August 27, 2020 - Rev. Adam E. Eckhart, Senior Pastor, First UCC, Milford, CT -

After the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 23, we cry out to God in lament: 

How long? 

How long, God, until you guide us to find peace in our neighborhoods and justice for all people impacted by violence? 

How long, God, until those of us particularly vulnerable to violence and discrimination because of the insidious systems of white supremacy that linger today, rest from the fear of being harmed and the fear of no accountability for those who enact such violence? 

How long, God, until we cast away our hatred, fear, and anxiety to demand and embody the universal love and impartiality that Christians believe lie in the heart of your creative impulse? 

How long, God, until we and our institutions embody that Black lives matter; Native American lives matter; Latinx lives matter; and all other lives matter because we must matter to each other if our lives are to be whole? 

How long, God, until you provide a greater glimpse of your Beloved Community, where diverse people find equal opportunity and equitable policing; live together in the same neighborhoods; and appreciate both our differences and common ground? 

How long, God, until the day when, in the words of the Apostle Paul, those who have been disrespected are clothed with even greater honor—an honor that the privileged do not need—so that through such honor we may have the same care for one another, suffering and rejoicing together as the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:22-26)? 

How long, God? How long? 

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