There are some names and some places in each of our lives that we will never forget. We may remember where we were when Pres. John F. Kennedy was assassinated, we probably remember lots of things about 911, you may remember the name Rodney King, and now you can add to that list George Floyd. Most Americans and probably people living in other countries know him as a black man who was killed during an arrest by a hold the officer was using. George followed a job opportunity to Minneapolis but he spent almost his entire life in a historically black third Ward in Houston.
“Big Floyd” was a de-facto community leader and elder statesman. “George Floyd was a person of peace sent from the Lord that helped the gospel go forward in a place that I never lived in,” said Pastor Patrick Ngwolo. Floyd didn't just provide access and protection; he lent a helping hand as the church put on services, basketball tournaments, barbecues, and community baptisms. The message from George is a message for all of us. “The things that he would say to young men always referenced that God trumps street culture. I think he wanted to see young men put guns down and have Jesus instead of the streets.”
A person like George who has his lifestyle, training, and leadership – no matter what color is indeed a valuable person. As Trinity reopens, in stages, over the next few months, individual parishioners have an opportunity through the Cridlin food closet and the River Cities Street ministry to provide similar help. You can “Be the change you want to see.” Both of the above mentioned ministries serve those with needs as George did and would welcome your hands to help.
Let us pray, (Teresa of Avila)
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the as through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands to which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, peers are the feet, peers are the as, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”