On Our Knees

Recently in the United States of America, there has been a movement called Take A Knee.IMG_20170513_175134 This movement was started because of the NFL mistreatment of Colin Kaepernick after he decided to Take A Knee during the national anthem due to the police brutality of African Americans. He was released from his job as a quarterback for the NFL, which started protests against the NFL such as the Blackout and taking a knee during the national anthem. More people joined this movement in taking a knee since Mr. Trump’s speech on Friday, September 22, 2017. With all the racial tension in the US, the natural disasters that have hit the Caribbean, Mexico and other places of the world, I think that it is time not to take a knee but to fall on our knees.

We are living in a world where we see more and more hate. It is scary to think that a person could hate someone just because they have a little more curl in their hair or melanin in their skin. To make matters worse, those who are leaders, do not condemn the hate but add to it by calling our beautiful African American mother queens, female dogs.  There is no love but hate. There is no joy but sorrow. There is no peace but fear. There is no kindness but anger.  So how do we change this? How do we fight the hatred we see day to day? Simply by falling on our knees and praying.

It is by falling on our knees and praying that we can make a difference in this world. It is through prayer that we gain the strength to smile in a dark and gloomy world. It is through prayer that we learn how to love those who persecute us through their actions and words. It is through prayer that we find hope that one day,  very soon, there will be a day where there will be no more hate, no more pain, no more death or natural disasters. It is through prayer that we connect with God. When we are connected to God, He reminds that He is close to the brokenhearted, He is a refuge and strength and an ever-present help in the time of trouble, He is our strength and defense. He reminds us that He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak*.

On our knees, we find our strength to carry on. We find a way to continue day to day because it is while we are on our knees that we fight the hate, the pain, and the anger. How can we do this? By praying! It is great to protest and to take a knee but protesting by ourselves will only do so much good. We need to fall on our knees and fight the evils of this world with God. The only way that real change can happen is through God. So, I will spend time on my knees praying. Praying for the USA, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Praying for those who have been a victim of racial insults and attacks. I will pray for those who are suffering, the homeless, those who have lost loved ones due to the hate. I will also pray for the leaders of this country. We should protest the NFL and Take a Knee, but I have learned, that it is through prayer that real change can happen. I am so tired of seeing all of this pain, it is time for real change.

~Elyse

*Here are the Bible verses where these promises’ come from. Isaiah 40:29, Psalm 118:14, Psalm 46:1, and Psalm 34:18.

 

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