Grief Speaks

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Rev. Dr. LeSette Wright

December 25, 2020 marks seven months since
George Floyd, Jr. was killed in police custody.

What will Christmas be like for his 6-year old daughter Gianna and the rest of their family? Will the voice of grief speak louder than the hope proclaimed by Christmas?

The truth is, everyday grief speaks; some days louder than others.  The holidays have a way of increasing the volume of griefs voice.  With this in mind, let’s create spaces in our lives for conversations and constructive outlets for our grief.  Let’s make it safe to grieve individually and communally.  Let’s nurture an atmosphere where the grieving process is normative and we choose to engage that process in a life giving, life sustaining way.

Gianna Floyd; from Gianna Floyd’s Instagram

This Christmas, how do we grieve alongside the families of George Floyd, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor and the countless other families feeling the traumatically blaring absence of loved ones?

This Christmas, let’s commit to turning our pain and anger into power and action both individually and communally.  Let’s help one another by pledging and acting to develop lifestyles of anti-racism, love, justice, forgiveness, courage and hope.  Let’s proclaim, “I see you and you matter” through every thought nurtured, word spoken, message sent, action taken.

This holiday season, lets reach out to grieving individuals and families with a welcome to weep, a note of hope, a thoughtful donation, a gift of love, a prayer for peace, an invitation to reflect.

God, as we reflect on the birth of Christ, I pray that our humanity will be cultivated.  Teach us to love as we were born to love.  Be with Gianna Floyd as this is her first Christmas without her Daddy.  Comfort the Floyd family and all of us that feel the pain of grief during the holidays.  Help us to support one another and nurture a nation where love abounds and despair does not win, In Jesus Name, AMEN.

Celebrating Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Hey Family,

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Rev. Dr. LeSette Wright

I hope this message finds you well!  It is July 2020!  We have officially entered the second half of the year.  I love July because it’s my birthday month.  I happen to share a birthday with one of the most phenomenal women to ever walk the earth, Ida B. Wells-Barnett.  We were both born on July 16th, which I think is really special.

So this month’s blog is dedicated to Ida B. Wells, a Proverbs 31 woman extraordinaire!  Ida was a business owner, journalist, activist, teacher, sister, friend, wife and mother.  All of these roles and many more reflected her humanity, womanhood and multifaceted brilliance.

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Hurricane Dorian Bahamian Relief Effort

We humans keep brainstorming options and plans,
but God’s purpose prevails.   
Proverbs 19:21 (MSG)LeSette headshot

In September 2019, Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas becoming the worst natural disaster the nation has ever experienced.  In November, I traveled to Nassau to provide spiritual care with survivors in the aftermath of Dorian.  In the midst of vivid recollections of horrific circumstances, there dwelled a prevailing sense of purpose.  ‘God has a purpose for my life” exclaimed a survivor as we connected in Spirit and lifted our voices in song.

Proverbs 19:21 reminds us that in our humanity we value the importance of planning. Yet, it humbles us with the understanding that Divine purpose supersedes our plans.  Do you believe this?  Do you believe God has a purpose for your life?  I do!

During Spring Break 2020, I returned to Nassau with a team of six Bereans purposed to serve in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.  Wilkensley Thervil, Kyle Seghers, Ana Chavez, Christella Philippe, Stephanie Itumba and I are forever changed by this experience.  We made many plans in preparation for our trip. However, when we arrived in Nassau, we quickly internalized the importance of flexibility and openness to our plans changing.   There was clearly a purpose for us being in the Bahamas that was bigger than what we knew.  This message resounded as we encountered our first assignment at the Distribution Center in Nassau.

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