A Week in Ferguson...

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. This year, I will be spending the second anniversary of his death with 25 other Bay Area clergy in the place where he laid dead for four hours in the street. 

Why?

Because we believe in a God who did not stand aloof from the pain of the world, but instead came to us in Jesus to experience and take on our pain from inside our own skin. Following him means, Jesus told his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it" (Matt 16:24-25).

Jesus took on our pain, our suffering, the evil in our lives, so that we would be empowered to step into the pain of others. Michael Brown's killing was an awakening for me to the pain of a people, and visiting the site of his death taking up a kind of cross. What is one way you can sit in someone's sorrow this week? What do you need from God in order to have the strength to do that? I dare you to ask him for it.