We attended the Nazarene concert and benefit. It was a concert brought about in lieu of the increased Christian persecution in the middle east. As refugees stream by land and sea into other countries we sit, watch, and wait looking at our TV screens, scrolling through our phones, posting our opinions and reactions on social media. Some responding in fear. Others respond in compassion, wanting to help every soul. As music mourns melodies from the three performers in Finch Chapel my thoughts linger on the loss. How will you, how will I be a part of today’s history in the making?
The hosts of this concert wanted to create an opportunity for people to react, reflect and reaspond on the violence, the loss, and may I say also and opportunity for new life. New life birthed through the love and help of our fellow man. They also wanted to bring in opportunity to increase awareness and avenues through which we could be a part of helping. By partnering with different organization that are on the ground giving support. We also watched this video at the end of the concert to bring the all things together.
I remember first responding to the violence in 2014 and creating from it early 2015. My work often focus is on the cross. The intersection of beauty in this midst of pain, that intersection of life and death, the double binds of man’s existence.
My favorite part of the concert was when these three very gifted musicians played pieces together. We all gather for one one purpose. And that was to lift our hurting brothers and sisters up to the one who is Lord of all things. We thought on how we, in our own the parts big and small can help support our persecuted family. I do encourage you if you would also like to be a part of supporting lease people check out some of the resources below.