|Posted by M. Darlene Carson on July 13, 2016 at 1:15 PM|
“I feel some type of way.” What? Isn't any feeling that you are feeling "some type of way"? When I’ve heard this phrase used, I never really liked it because in my opinion it pretends that “the person” actually doesn’t know how they feel about a certain situation, but most of the time – we know exactly how we feel. Or, so I thought… until now.
In light of the past and most recent events in our nation as it relates to the killing of African Americans with no negative consequences to the perpetrators – I’ve learned that to feel some type of way is a feeling that is so heightened that it elicits confusion and raw emotion.
And, the more I hear in the news coupled with the constant barrage of postings on social media; and the looming thoughts in my brain about the level of racial bias, injustice, pain and hurt experienced by the victims and their families, I do feel some type of way. I navigate somewhere between outrage and utter heartbreaking sadness as daily incidents occur that compound the deep-seated racial disparities in our country. Not knowing how to feel or respond, with spiritual indignation I fell…to my knees and I prayed. I cried. I prayed some more.
Am I surprised by the events of our society? No. I reluctantly acknowledge and accept that we are… as momma and ‘em used to say, “…living in the last and evil days”! 'In the last days perilous times will come'" (2 Tim. 3:1). And, I get that many will not agree with the biblical narrative that cataclysm and destruction are imminent -- I'm not debating that. But, I can stay in my feelings or act because of them. What good is the God in me and the hope I live by if I don’t share the God of all hope by my actions and my deeds?
You may not believe that the prayers of one soul matter much in the landscape of all that is going on but in addressing incidents of race in America, particularly as it relates to police brutality; we all need to find our peaceful part to make a difference. Some take it to the streets - organizing protests and demonstrations; others use their voices and positions to take it to legislators and community leaders; and there are those of us who take it to God in prayer. When the world leaves you feeling all types of ways, let faith make you feel this type of way…at peace, because the effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much!