Lest we forget…
Lest we forget, Andre Gayle,
Lest we forget, Colin Winston
Lest we forget, Evon ‘Bangy’ Berry
Lest we forget, Stephen Lawrence
Lest we forget, Victoria Climbie & Baby P
Lest we forget, George Floyd
Lest we forget, Breonna Taylor
And the list goes on…
These are some of those whose lives and substance were brutally stricken from them, torn down too early, defenseless murders.
In our prayer today, we remember them. We give thanks for having known them, and for having heard about them. Whichever the case, the memory of their lives leaves a stain on our consciences, a reminder, that must never forget them. It speaks to us that we must ensure that justice is brought to bear so that their death is vindicated.
They did not live in vain
Our prayer for Justice goes deeper than hearing that their murderers are caught, convicted, and doing time in jail. And this we demand as part of our prayer. However, a prison term does not suffice their innocent lives pleads for. They ask for justice that says we should all be given the chance to live out the full term of our lives.
Life is God-gifted RIGHT
Every individual, in reference to skin color, learning and education, financial worth, ancestral heritage, religious belief or none, disposition and creed – ALL of the equal value where the safety, protection, and preservation of life is concerned. And this is the foundation, root, and tenant of our prayer.
Our prayer today is a demand for fairness and justice, value and choice for ourselves and of our fellow beings, from every nation.
Let there be love peace, hope.
In closing, we pause to give thanks to LIFE, sometimes call God, or Allah, Source, or Divine Intelligence, and the list goes on. By whatever name, this one thing is certain and we can all agree is LIFE! Without LIFE there is no existence, meaning nor purpose. So, in the name of LIFE, we decree liberty of choice, right of life, fairness of recompense, and peace to feel safe. AMEN.
~ In Rememberance, composed and written by Rev. Dr. Palmer h.c. Rev Palmer is Chief Commissioner for PEACEMAKERS since 2002