Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23–24)
We are one week removed from June 19, the annual Juneteenth celebration commemorating the symbolic end of slavery. We gathered together. We marched together. We celebrated freedom and unity together. But that was the easy work. It is easy to gather together at a one-day event. It is easy to march together for a one-day event. It is all-to-easy to celebrate together for one, single day.
And now comes the hard part. Now comes the challenge of living our freedom and unity together. Now comes the difficulty of searching our own hearts and discerning how we are complicit in the injustice around us. Now comes the day-in, day-out call to work together for peace and justice, for this is the way everlasting. – rc