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25 March 2012

Judica: The Death of Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)

(My own paraphrase of Psalm 43)

"Vindicate me, O God!" prayed our mothers and fathers. As we bring before you our pain about the death of Trayvon Martin, we are disturbed once again at how severely this nation is afflicted with the cancer of racism.

"Deliver me from deceitful and evil men, for you are the God who shelters me", they prayed. Like our mothers and fathers, we walk around ...mourning because oppression is alive and well.

O God, our mothers and fathers prayed that your light and your faithfulness would escort them "back to your holy hill, and to the place where you live".

A child has been murdered. We are still depressed and upset because many of our questions remain unanswered. We pray, O God, for your saving intervention, that justice will be done, and that in all communities we will learn to root out the fear of others.

We long to say like our mothers and fathers, "Then I will go to the altar of God, to the God who gives me ecstatic joy, so that I express my thanks to you, O God, my God, with a harp."

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