A Litany For Those Not Ready For Healing

Let us not rush to the language of healing, before understanding the fullness of the injury and the depth of the wound.

Let us not rush to offer a band­ aid, when the gaping wound requires surgery and complete reconstruction.

Let us not offer false equivalencies, thereby diminishing the particular pain being felt in a particular circumstance in a particular historical moment.

Let us not speak of reconciliation without speaking of reparations and restoration, or how we can repair the breach and how we can restore the loss.

Let us not rush past the loss of this mother’s child, this father’s child…someone’s beloved son.

Let us not value property over people; let us not protect material objects while human lives hang in the balance.

Let us not value a false peace over a righteous justice.

Let us not be afraid to sit with the ugliness, the messiness, and the pain that is life in community together.

Let us not offer clichés to the grieving, those whose hearts are being torn asunder.


Let us mourn black and brown men and women, those killed extrajudicially every 28 hours.

Let us lament the loss of a teenager, dead at the hands of a police officer who described him as a demon.

Let us weep at a criminal justice system, which is neither blind nor just.

Let us call for the mourning men and the wailing women, those willing to rend their garments of privilege and ease, and sit in the ashes of this nation’s original sin.

Let us be silent when we don’t know what to say.

Let us be humble and listen to the pain, rage, and grief pouring from the lips of our neighbours and friends.

Let us decrease, so that our brothers and sisters who live on the underside of history may increase.

Let us pray with our eyes open and our feet firmly planted on the ground

Let us listen to the shattering glass and let us smell the purifying fires, for it is the language of the unheard.

God, in your mercy…
Show me my own complicity in injustice.
Convict me for my indifference.
Forgive me when I have remained silent.
Equip me with a zeal for righteousness.
Never let me grow accustomed or acclimated to unrighteousness.

In Jesus Name, Amen

     – Dr Yolanda Pierce

6 thoughts on “A Litany For Those Not Ready For Healing

  1. This post is so powerful. Let us not… (and your list is so eloquently written) … instead, let us (and your recommendations should be heeded by us all)… I will repost this on my blog. I want my readers to receive these words of wisdom, too. Thank you! And thank you for following JanBeek. I can tell we are soul sisters – and I will gain great wisdom and insight by perusing your posts. I look forward to doing so. Have a wonderful week, my sister in Christ. God bless you! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Jan. I have to add that I am not the author. I put an acknowledgement at the foot of the post. I’m glad it spoke to you as it did to me when I read it. Wishing you a wonderful week too! x

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      1. Ah, so “Penny” is Lesley! Hello, Lesley. I see the acknowledgement of the poet’s name at the bottom… but I didn’t know if that was you or not when I saw it. At that point, I didn’t know our name. Now I do! Thank you, Lesley. ❤

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