Rev. Meredith Garmon
And yet our world seems to be on fire. On Jul 5 and 6, the heart-, soul-, and stomach-sickening list that includes Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, and too many others added Alton Sterling, and Philando Castile. On Jul 7 and 17, another equally distressing list added the names Lorne Ahrens, Michael Smith, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, Brent Thompson, and then Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald, and Brad Garafola – the first five in Dallas, the last three in Baton Rouge, all of them police officers. Say these names – all of them, along with others that you know. Write them on your heart and whisper them in your prayers.
For the last song of the last encore (of what he has said would be his last US concert), Paul Simon turned to an older song that reminded me that there are truly troubled waters, that “evening falls so hard.” Yet we have the capacity to respond with a promise: to lay ourselves down, to make, of our hearts, minds, and bodies, a bridge.