Sweet Honey in the Rock is an acapella group rooted in African American culture and history. If you’ve never had a listen to their inspiring music, you’re missing out in a big way!
With the tragic events of this week, the words of their Ella’s Song keep bubbling up in my mind:
We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes
Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons
Is as important as the killing of White men, White mothers’ sons
This Sunday, as we venture into the second verse of the Lord’s Prayer (Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.) we are confronted with the fact that, 2000 years after he taught it to his disciples, Jesus’ prayer is seemingly no closer to being answered.
And yet, as Sweet Honey in the Rock so eloquently puts it, “We who believe in freedom cannot rest.” The work of the kingdom is ongoing and it’s work in which each of us has a part to play.
May our prayers for the kingdom’s coming be matched with lives that declare it’s already on the way.