I am saddened and deeply troubled by the Trayvon Martin case verdict. Mark Sandlin, a new Facebook friend of mine, offered the below. I have decided to add it to what I previously planned to publish. What I originally offered is a meditation based on a Psalm using very simple body prayer-a video that I put together. I thought about simply letting the video go for another day, but I think I, at least, need the reminder that there is something greater than the imperfection that we find in our daily living.

Questions?

Will anyone’s soul rest well tonight?
Will justice feel it was served?
Will a weary nation rest easy?
Can it believe its truths still hold true?
That all are created equal?
That truth is our nation’s highest good?
How can we sleep?
How can we slumber
when justice seems to be a game
and innocence has become relative?
Will we not grow restless?
Will our tears not matter?
Shall we continue our malaise?
Is our discontent so flaccid
that is ends in a Facebook post?
Is our will so weak that it is eased
with nothing more than words on a page?
Is the cost of our inconvenience
truly more valuable than a life…
our rights…
our jobs…
the hungry…
the sick…
the poor…
minorities…
?
Will our souls rest well tonight?
Should they?
Will our discontent respond?
Or will it slumber?
Will we drown out our malcontent
with the drone of a television…
the buzz of a beer…
the mindless escape of Candy Crush…
the busyness of our lives…
?
Will we simply get over it…
When there are parents who cannot,
When children are starving,
When there are families being buried,
While men make laws about women’s bodies,
As rights which were received
at the cost of lives
are made a mockery
for the sake of the few…
will we rest well tonight?
Will we rest?

Mark writes for Huffington Post, Sojourners, and his own blog at The God Article. This is reprinted with permission.

My fair warning before the video–this is in my living room, not professionally done! Bear with me as I learn these new skills.  Shalom.

© 2013, post and video, Terri Stewart, All rights reserved

MARK SANDLIN is an ordained PC(USA) minister currently serving at Vandalia Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC. Mark is a co-founder of The Christian Leftand blogs at The God Article. He has been featured on NPR’s The Story with Dick Gordon, PBS’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, and the upcoming documentary filmAmendment One.

terriTERRI STEWART is Into the Bardo’s  Sunday chaplain, senior content editor, and site co-administrator. She comes from an eclectic background and considers herself to be grounded in contemplation and justice. She is the Director and Founder of the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition that serves youth affected by the justice system. As a graduate of Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, she earned her Master’s of Divinity and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Spiritual Direction. She is a contributing author to the Abingdon Worship Annual. (The 2014 issue just released!)

5 thoughts on “Meditations of Our Hearts

  1. Agree with Jamie…the trial of the last half hour of a story that goes back for a few hundred years will never address all that we feel is broken about our social structures. It does and must feel inadequate.

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  2. Thanks to John for the reblog and to Terri for the post. For a first time video, Terri, that is pretty fabulous and the intro is quite engaging and the meditation lovely. Altogether well done.

    Regarding the Martin/Zimmerman case: I am interested in hearing from the jury – assume we might – for a clearer understanding of their position and whether or not it follows the rule of law. That is one issue. The other issue, an important one: the social climate, I feel cannot be appropriately addressed in the courtroom for one person’s trial. This is something we have to address as community and one would hope that is happening now. We’ve come a long way since I was a child; but, we haven’t come far enough.

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    1. I am afraid that there is probably no way, under current Florida law, that any other decision could have been made without an activist jury.

      What has really gotten me is the overall laws that led to this being okay and the comparison with other cases (Marissa Alexander). It is a social issue. And that is what I said in my sermon yesterday! I used the story of Jesus’ disciples coming to the defense of Jesus when the soldiers were arresting him in Luke 22. “Shall we use our swords?” Attacks & cuts off ear. Then Jesus says, “Enough!” and heals the guy. I am interested in seeing where we can step in and become healers.

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