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Hiking

A few weeks ago, a friend invited Gary and I on a hike in western North Carolina. I haven’t hiked in years, but as I thought back to my semiweekly hikes in Frederick, Maryland, I wasn’t worried. Boy, should I have worried. As we started, I was confident. “No problem. I can do this” is what I thought to myself. HA! 20 minutes into the hike as we began our ascent up what I swear was an 80 degree incline, I began to pray, “Please, Lord, don’t let me fall out up here”. I looked behind me, but realized there was nowhere to go but up. We encountered at least 5 of these inclines and each time I prayed for physical and mental strength and most importantly, not to embarrass myself. Needless to say, since I am here writing today, we made it. I was, still am, so proud of myself.

But, as I think about this struggle turned triumph, I can’t help but to relate it to life. Throughout the hike, our friend kept saying, “This is just a physical representation of life.” I waved him off as I was huffing through the hike, but now, I realize he really was right. Although, we know that tomorrow is not promised, every night we lay down , we know that, if this is our blessing, morning will come. And in that morning, we know that our day will continue to another night. No matter what challenges we face, we just have to take one more step, then one more step. As simple as that is, our minds make it seem so much harder. So, today, I implore you to just take a step. Some moments will be hard and all you’ll want to do is cry from your soul; But know after you cry, take a step and morning will be here before you know it because no matter what, no matter where, no matter how, no matter why, no matter when, You Are Loved even through an 80 degree incline.

Troy Davis

I feel like it’s necessary to acknowledge the name Troy Davis. Not simply to remember a man who was executed, but to acknowledge the courage we can find in what we perceive as our weakest moments.

Troy Davis was executed last night because he was convicted of murdering a police officer in Savannah, Georgia. He was convicted based on eyewitness testimony and in years since, most of the eyewitnesses have recanted their testimonies. As desperately sad as it is to think that an innocent man may have lost his life, it is harder for me to grasp that our judicial system, has big enough cracks to allow an execution under such a heavy veil of doubt. My heart is heavy today, but within that heaviness courage, strength, empowerment and responsibility are born. We, as humans, have a fundamental, m oral responsibility to protect each other. We cannot keep turning the other cheek and expecting someone else to stand up. We cannot wait for our neighbor to speak up and publicly rebuke those actions that we vehemently disagree with.

This situation is bigger than a man named Troy Davis. This is about what will it take for you to stand up. What do you feel so strongly about that you can no longer sit behind a virtual curtain? One man’s case has caused a huge uproar and one man, ultimately, is who gave the final permission to execute what may have been an innocent man. So, don’t tell me that your one voice doesn’t matter. Your voice is your power. Your power that only you control.

Today, as we remember Troy Davis, I implore you to not simply mourn a life lost, but to find your voice, find your fight and speak your mind. Immorality is bigger than one person, thank one group, but one voice, one person can make a change and ultimately, a difference.