Rachel Held Evans wrote “There is life after this. There is faith after this.” on November 14, 2016. Some of you know the context of why she wrote those words. Some of us have moments in our own lives in which statements like these become our mantra.
Our hearts yearn to grip something when death strikes our world with grief, when moral compromise undoes our momentum, and when tragedy and trials beset our hearts with gloom. We need to know we are not alone. We need the banner of role models who show us that standing for what we believe in has merit. Whether heroes of the faith or unsung heroes of community development, our elevation to a better world is inspired by those who accept the challenges and chase hope anyways.
We see court case verdicts perpetuate racism. We see patriarchal systems still sear ceilings for people’s progress. We still need our quiet thoughts to be emboldened by the bravery of the vocal when injustice occurs in our neighborhoods and nations. We must stay in the work of shalom.
There are leaders who shatter unjust status quos; let us follow them. There are those who stabilize the tumult of division; let us walk with them towards unity in humanity.
To those with restorative practices, anti-racist convictions, and empowerment to the disenfranchised, please keep the courage and brazen boldness to ask us to be more.
“There is life after this. There is faith after this.” RHE.
Life is here, even in loss.
Beauty is here, even in fatigue.
Faith remains, even though the race is long.
Valor and victory remain.
Great souls who teach us to love leave their legacies for us to live strong.
Friends, to what shapes your emotions today and grounds your health along the journey, to the warm light of the sun and the new air of each breath… forge forward, the world needs your song. Floods and wars, fear and family strife, these undo us, but the anthem of hope shall stay.