Searching Sophia’s Pockets prides itself on being dedicated to global spiritual journeys, and yet today we feel most keenly that both Autumn and Jenni spent years of their respective spiritual journeys in the Saint Louis area, which struggles at this moment with the decision not to indite officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown.
To honor that part of our journey and to stand in solidarity with everyone affected by the decision, firstly we offer Searching Sophia’s Pockets as a safe space, as always, on the internet. We offer these pages, these posts, these prayers, and their comment sections a as a safe place for conversation, rest, and action.
Secondly, we offer the following prayer, along with the quiet lamentations of our hearts, to the people of Ferguson, Saint Louis, and more broadly to those upon whom our racist systems inflict harm, which is to say, the world.
We are in agony,
crying, aching, but still we are praying.
This is the world we have made,
one where hurt has boiled to the surface,
despite our attempts to deny it.
Give us strength to bear witness to the racist systems that run this world,
to face the realities of oppression with open hearts and minds.
Give us compassion to gather with those who are not like us,
make us united in our common love,
our common search for justice,
and our common desire for peace.
When systems of power rage against us,
help us continue to survive as beacons of love.
Let us not dally in sentimental love,
the easy love that cannot withstand times like these.
Let us show the ferocity of love,
the bravery of love,
love that is not sated with mere words,
but demands living justice for all.
We are afraid, we wish for an easier way,
yet, filled with radical love,
we can stand together against even the greatest injustice,
calling out, in voices clear and united,
Black lives matter!