“[My father] used to wake me up every morning at dawn…But it was still dark. It’s dark right now. But morning comes. And scripture tells us weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Let us rise up, greet the morning, and meet the challenges of this moment. Together, we can do the necessary work and win the future for all of our children.”Raphael Warnock
I do my best not to be political for the sake of being political and seldom name actual politicians’ names. But when a Baptist minister, who studied under James Cone, is elected the first black senator of the state of Georgia, it’s difficult to not be excited and celebrate Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock. This is particularly true as his nomination was cemented on the same day seditious violence was perpetrated by white supremacists just a few blocks away from our church. Lives were lost including two Capitol Police officers.
In a year where there has been so much weeping, in fact too much weeping, I earnestly look forward to the joy that is coming; and church, joy is coming! I’m not sure when we’ll be able to regather, but I do know the prospect of such a regathering is more certain than before. The hard and determined work by the many scientists, health workers, administrators, doctors, and nurses have brought us to a place where we can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
There are still many challenges facing us. Challenges stemming from the virus of COVID-19 to the virus of racism and wanton prejudice. Yet despite these challenges, Riverside Baptist Church remains resolute in her mission and commitment to our families, community, and most importantly the gospel she teaches and lives out. May we continue to strive for joy and continue the necessary work that is ahead.