To my Larsen children,

Where does a mom begin with what has happened in less than two weeks?  There are no words to the brutality of the death of George Floyd by the knee of someone who is supposed to protect him.  I watched the video and it made me sick to my stomach.  The world we live in is a broken messed up place, but we know that already. From the beginning when the snake deceived Eve, it has never been the perfect place it once had been.

I have been silent on social media not because there aren’t important things to be said, but because I don’t want my words to be misconstrued, misrepresented or to unintentionally cause more harm than good.  So, instead I have been having conversations at the table – with you, with black people and with white people.  I can’t change the death of black man, I can’t change the laws and I can’t change the terrible ways people hurt people of color, nor can I change the looting and riots that are happening.  One thing that can happen is conversation with lots of grace and hopefully you will be bridge builders in our community.  You know uniquely what it is like to grow up with white bothers and sisters and inversely you know what it is like to grow up with black/brown brothers and sisters.  You see God has uniquely made you for a time like this – to speak up for what is wrong, to make a path towards repentance, love, truth and forgiveness.

There is so much to learn…never stop learning and hearing people’s story.   Take time to listen well.  We will never know what it is like to walk in another person’s shoes, but we can surely walk beside them on the journey.  God’s story is so much bigger than our little blip in time.  He is working for far greater good than I could ever imagine, even when it seems like hope is almost gone.  It is not!  Jesus is the only way to true healing.  He wants to take all your broken pieces and make something beautiful with it.  Fight for justice.  Fight for truth.  Above all, love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.

This will change the world.