“You cannot cross the sea by merely standing and staring at the water.”
On most days and weeks the question “how are you doing?” is invited and harmless.
But this week that question has felt
That question does not usually illicit such a response in me,
this week it has.
This week, my community experienced a hate incident.
The symbol of a swastika
was drawn over the room of two of my students
who live in the residence hall that I reside in and supervise.
It was drawn over the room of two students,
One African American.
And our whole community has been impacted.
The spectrum of emotions and feelings being felt have been and are…
The actions of this week and the reactions connected to them,
reminds me that this is not merely an incident, but it is a cry from within our community that requires all of us to pay attention and acknowledge that we have a choice before us to make…….
…………….and to continue making.
Our choices as individuals and as a community can lead us to either
it can lead us to
But the reality is, we must enter the chaos that is upon us and not run from the things we cannot control, but instead choose to have the courage to:
Stay when we want to leave
Listen when we want to speak
Speak when we want to remain silent
Seek to understand when we want to blame another
And love again.
As a person of color at Biola, I personally have had many deep and rich moments of joy, support, positive challenge, growth, and interactions of love and understanding while both a student and staff member.
I love this place.
And it is because I love this place and what it can be, that I know we cannot remain silent and indifferent to the stories within our community that honestly cannot share in the same affections I have for this community.
This breaks my heart and I want something different for the future of this place that means so much to me.
I also think about my student who did this.
The weight this student may now be feeling,
Is a weight I too feel.
I think of them as I think of what we can do to move forward.
The events of this past week and the emotions and feelings being experienced by our community is a reminder that we still have a lot of work ahead of us, but it is
It won’t be easy, it may be tiring, at times confusing even chaotic, and painful–but sometimes you have to re-break a bone that has not healed correctly so that it can have the chance to heal again to wholeness.
I have been awaken anew to the journey ahead of us, to the choices I, that we, have to make that will take…
It does not come from us, but from Christ and His redemptive work on the cross that gives us the hope that we too can be reconciled first to God,
then to each other.
I’m done staring at the water.
I want to cross the sea.
*Opinions expressed here are solely that of the blogger and do not express the views or opinions of Biola University.