As the trial for the three men charged with murder in the February 23, 2020, shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery unfolds in Brunswick, there is concern and a lot of emotion regarding what will take place when a verdict is rendered. So many lives are and will be impacted by the events of the trial and an impending verdict. I am thankful for the pastoral and lay leadership of our Brunswick-area churches who are seeking to help people express themselves in a spirit of peace.
I am reminded of Psalm 23 which begins, “The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows, he leads me beside peaceful streams, He renews my strength.” (Psalm 23:1-2, NLT)
My heart goes out to the family of Ahmaud Arbery, the defendants and their families, the jurors and their families, the judge and his family, and the lawyers and their families. While the list of those impacted is endless, each is a person and a child of God. Whatever the verdict, people will view it as a win or a loss. May God’s grace reign as we all seek to move forward from this tragedy.
Let us join together in praying that justice will reign and people will have a spirit of peace. God leads us to peaceful streams. Help us, Lord, and may your peace begin in each of us.