We often meditate on God’s warm and loving attributes: his gentleness, mercy, and tenderness. And God certainly is all of these things.
Jesus’s words beckon us to join God’s mission in its rawest form: to help those in need. In the West, we are often uncomfortable with suffering, so we either deny it or seek to blame the victim.
It’s shame that binds us, isn’t it? Many of us are paralyzed by shame at the moment because despite our advances in technology and medicine, a tiny virus has waged an invisible war against us that we cannot easily win.
In the room that evening were gathered four generations—a rare gift in many contexts, but after listening to 1619, I was acutely aware of how impossible this would be for many of the families whose stories Hannah-Jones recounts.