There is a lot of heaviness, heartache, and hurt in our world right now. Racism is a sin, and together we repent of the ways we’ve played a part in it, lament over the pain of our brothers and sisters of color, and call each other up to the work of racial reconciliation.
This month, as you gather with your IF:Table (or meet online!), we want you to talk about your role in this work of racial healing.
Being a minister of the gospel also means being a minister of reconciliation. These are not separate callings, but one in the same. Leverage your time with your IF:Table this month for conversations of lament and practical next steps in racial healing and reconciliation within your group and within your church and city. The prayers below are excerpts from Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison. Latasha is a bridge builder, reconciler, and compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. She’s a friend of IF:Gathering, and she’s graciously shown us how to be better ambassadors for racial reconciliation.
Use these two prayers in your time with your IF:Table, and download the conversation cards to help guide your discussion.
A Prayer for Humility
Lord, come into our brokenness and our lives with your love that heals all. Consume our pride and replace it with humility and vulnerability. Allow us to make space for your correction and redemption. Allow us to bow down with humble hearts, hearts of repentance. Bind us together in true unity and restoration. May we hear your voice within the words of these pages. Give us collective eyes to see our role in repairing what has been broken. Allow these words to be conduit for personal transformation that would lead to collective reproduction.
- Latasha Morrison (Be the Bridge, page 11)
A Prayer of Acknowledgment and Lament
Lord, as we become aware of the intensity of the racial divide, our hearts are broken. Help us not to rush from this place of hurting to triumphalism or repair but rather lament as you call us to do. May our lament be a form of worship, a joining of our hearts with yours, as we grieve the lack of your kingdom justice here on earth. Strengthen us for this path, as without you, the overwhelming depth of the problems that must be addressed and acknowledged would be devastating. We know that you mourn with us and comfort us as we mourn with one another. In Christ’s holy name, amen.
- Elizabeth Behrens (Be the Bridge, page 51)
Latasha Morrison is a bridge builder, reconciler, and compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. In 2016 she founded Be the Bridge, a nonprofit organization that equips more than 1,000 subgroups across five countries to serve as ambassadors of racial reconciliation. Numerous organizations, including Facebook’s Community Leadership Program, Forbes, and Ebony, have recognized her as a leading social justice advocate. A native of North Carolina, Tasha earned degrees in human development and business leadership. Find her book, Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation, available online here.