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byChar Murphy

Through a period of weeks and months leading into a new century and a new year 2020, our expectations for endings and new beginnings were high. Filled with hope, gladness to let go of the old and welcome in the new with open arms, hearts, and minds. It was a time of deep reflection of our past, carrying forward only the lessons we learned, to use for continued learning and growth going into the future.

Little did we know how much we had manifested and how quickly it would begin to unfold.

First, was mention of a deadly virus which was quickly spreading in China. What? What was this virus? Where did it come from? Hundreds of questions evolving over just a few weeks and with those, the virus continued to spread and deaths were being reported, originally in the hundreds quickly reaching thousands, in all countries around the world. No one was immune to its deadly wrath. Reports of the stricken being unable to breathe were flooding our computer and television screens. Struggling for breath, pressure in the chest increased, and eventual expiration. Breath of life extinguished, ungodly stacks of dead bodies piling up.

People were panicking, social distancing, and masks. No contact with friends, no contact with school mates, no contact with family. No going to church. No eating out, no outside entertainment, no regular appointments, no traveling, our freedoms allayed.

More questions, no answers. Businesses closing, no going to work. Groceries becoming unaffordable, meat plants infected. What were we to do, but pray? There was no escaping. The fear was infectious, like the virus itself. Life as we had known it was no longer the same.

In spite of it all, people began reaching out to their brothers and sisters, giving food, financial help, assistance, encouraging much-needed hope, faith, and inspiration in any way we could. Touching nor seeing the skin outside…yet still touching the hearts, within.

Love was increasing and eyes were opening, an awakening to a new way of living was just beginning.

Just as restrictions were starting to ease, an innocent man was murdered on the street. A senseless, shameful, and horrid picture emerged for all to see. The guiltless man fighting to breathe, being held down and crushed to death, beneath his killer’s weight.

Again as the world watched in horror and shock, another precious, sacred breath and life snuffed out. The voices, questions of what and why screamed out, begging for answers. Our faith, hope, love, strength, and a coming together began again anew. A new awakening being called forth, for the acknowledgment and value of human life. Each one important no matter if rich, poor, yellow, brown, red, man, woman, religion, or personal beliefs. It makes no difference the outside, it’s what’s inside that counts. We were all indeed made the same beneath the external layer of our skin. All special, valuable in our own unique way.

A re-birth of the world is underway. Much needed changes for respect, dignity, justice, and opportunities for all is demanded.

It’s a new time, a new day, with hope for the new decade still parting the way. Wake up people to your power inside, not in what lies outside you, but what is being called forth from within.

To stand up in unity, integrity, in truth…step up, step out and proclaim, love, hope, and faith will heal our wounds and lead the way! Take your place amongst those willing to work together, to transcend our differences, transform and co-create our brand new beginning, our brand new world.

The time is now.

Inspired and written, while witnessing the “Going Home services” for George Floyd.