As I learn to open my eyes and heart, I am discovering a discomfort I didn’t have to deal with before. I am a privileged woman—white, well-educated, well-employed, raised with love and surrounded by a loving family.
My privilege gives me the choice to avoid much of the tough stuff. In fact, the difficult stories in the news often make me uncomfortable. If I take history into account, especially the history of people who do not look like me, I can get very uncomfortable. I could just choose to ignore the tough stuff because so much of it is so difficult to resolve.
In the mid-1800s, native people, our siblings in you, lost their land and their ways, grieved their children sent away from them to boarding schools, and met lethal resistance when they dared to push back against these injustices.
God, lead us to compassion. How can we make this right and love as you have loved?
This message is an excerpt from “It’s complicated” by Catherine Malotky in the September 2019 issue of Gather magazine.
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