“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” Rosa Parks
Meditation: I read as a teenager in Germany that Rosa Parks was “tired from a long day of work and therefore did not want to give up her seat.” Even with this interpretation, I thought how courageous she was. When I later learned about her perspective on the event, I thought that she was even more courageous than I imagined, as she was consciously resisting and not “just exhausted” as my German textbook interpretation suggested. What an amazing woman whose courage sparked others’ courage and a movement that is more relevant today than ever. We will need her example and Spirit in the years to come.
Prayer: God of justice, there is a tiredness of the soul that goes beyond physical tiredness. There is the tiredness of the heart that says: “This is enough, no more”. And when that happens, something new is coming about. God, we need resistance without violence. We need powerful symbolic acts that prophetically claim what is just and expose what is unjust. We need acts of protest that shine light on unethical, immoral and unlawful ways. Gracious God, we need for Rosa Park’s Spirit to inspire us. And we pray that you will pour out your Spirit of courage upon us, so we will be able to rise up, walk and even run, without getting tired. Amen
“But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired.” Isaiah 40:13