Necessary Trouble

Dear friends,

The funeral for Congressman John Lewis will take place at 11 am today, July 30,  at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. He wrote an article to be published today in which he said, “Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble.” I definitely want to be about the work of redeeming the soul of this country, but being called to make trouble is a little edgy and uncomfortable, and I have to admit that it makes me a little nervous to think about causing trouble. Perhaps as nervous as Jeannette was walking into the halls of Congress for the first time. Perhaps as difficult as it was for the young black man in Missoula to tell his story to the Mayor and City Council and to keep re-telling it. And perhaps as uncomfortable as it was for our Fr. Jim Hogan Search for Peace awardee to speak up for justice when his teacher asked him not to wear a shirt with Colin Kaepernick on it. Incidentally Mr. Kaepernick went from a football player to an activist overnight by seeing one bit of trouble that was necessary and stepping into it. So I wonder, what is the the good and necessary trouble that I am called to? Will I recognize it? Will I be able and willing to get over my discomfort and own it? Answering these questions for myself will be my way of honoring the service and sacrifice of Congressman Lewis to make sure the seeds he planted sprout and grow…Betsy