LEE’S SUMMIT, AUGUST 19, 2014 – Last night we watched an amazing moment in the tumult of Ferguson. The citizens of Ferguson, expressing their right to peacefully gather and seek redress, linked arms and marched gently forward. As they reached someone with a louder tone or a more aggressive demeanor the group, arm in arm, approached with love in their heart and peace in their minds and talked to the person till they too joined the peaceful march.
I’m typically not one to quote the bible, there are far more knowledgeable people who can do it far better than I can. Yet last night as these events were unfolding I remembered the following passage from the bible:
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God (Matthew 3:9)
In thinking of the power of what the people of Ferguson, not the opportunist, not the media, not the visitors, not those with their own personal agenda, but only thinking of what the people of Ferguson did brought my hopes up that a solution can be found.
Politicians should speak softly and support the citizens of Ferguson.
Policemen should remember there are countless good people who are just trying to gather, grieve and ask and work for a better tomorrow.
Citizens of Ferguson need to understand the far reaching impact of a soft powerful word that asks for justice and a better tomorrow.
Those from outside of Ferguson need to notice the example set by the people of the town; and march peacefully to foster the changes that may be needed.
Violence begets violence, intransigence begets intransigence yet the people who live their lives in Ferguson found the courage to stop the violence, to find common ground, and to delay the violence that eventually took over again last night.
Our hopes and prayers go out to the town of Ferguson, in the hope that they don’t lose their town and that they win the complete justice that is needed so that future generations can point to this time and say: “they truly were the peacemakers”
The Lee’s Summit Conservative