What is the sound of God’s Grief in Charleston?
Is it the sound of one million Mamie Tills mourning over one million Emmetts, one million Sybrina Fultons mourning over one million Trayvons and one million Samaria Rices mourning over one million Tamirs? Or is it a pain so deep that tears fall, yet no sound is made?
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…” – Ephesians 4:30
As Christ was being baptized in the Jordan River, the heavens opened above him. John the Baptist, Christ’s slightly elder cousin, forerunner of the faith, testified before the gathered assembly that he saw the Holy Spirit descend on Christ as a dove.
Ever since John’s testimony, the dove has been a symbol of the Spirit of God.
Present in the epistle written to the Church at Ephesus is an expression of the Spirit’s capacity to grieve. It is one of the clearest characterizations of the Divine, that God intimately experiences suffering alongside God’s creation. It reveals an imminent God not content in transcendently traversing human concern, but who is vulnerable enough to share in the human experience, weeping and grieving in solidarity with us.
Read more of this Huffington Post article by Upper Room Books author Michael W. Waters: The Sound of God’s Grief in Charleston | Michael W. Waters