Quarantine and curfews have us stuck in a place of separation. It’s unclear what is safe for our health and how we can come together as a society with so much division.

I wonder if we are stuck right where God wants us to flourish. I wonder if this societal time-out is allowing us to consider a new way.

Maybe we are stuck so we can come together.

I keep hearing and seeing the heartbreak over inequality.

How can we come together?

Let’s align so that our mouths, social media accounts, and hands do the same thing. Let’s take those first steps into healing the divide by stepping into what feels natural and what feels unnatural.

If cleaning up after protests felt like a natural first step because you were outraged by the destruction, now help the people who were protesting because they felt unheard. If it was natural for you to protest, now bring resources to your local police station because they are tired from trying to keep the community safe. A bridge is built as we all step towards each other.

I have heard a lot of people saying they don’t know what they can “do.” Let’s align our hands with our mouths. If you have been saying that you want to do something, let’s do it. Coming together will begin as we listen and act. Begin by doing something, and then another little thing and another. These baby steps initiate a new way.

Here is a baby step.

Abide provides neighborhood relief in North Omaha. They need non-perishable food items for the neighborhood relief efforts at their Better Together Campus. You can Instacart an order or drop off items for Abide at: 4325 Bedford Ave. Omaha, NE 68111, Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 12pm-3pm.

I would encourage you to send something to help.

This is more than a food drive. It’s a call to say, let’s step towards our brothers and sisters. A way to say, “I see you. I’m not sure of the way forward, but I am listening, and when I see an opportunity, I am committed to stepping in.”

I love to watch God provide the narrow road. It seems like in a time when we physically can’t gather- He is going to bring us together.

Let’s align our hands with our mouths. Let’s align our hands with our social media accounts. Let’s ask our God to lead the way and align our hearts. Let’s lean in. Let’s say yes. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world, one step towards each other at a time.

HLLF,

Kirstin Ricketts

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