Within the hurt and struggle our country is continuing to work through, there is hope found in the truth of Scripture, in Jesus himself, and in the hearts of his people. Last week peaceful protests were held in almost every city where we have offices. This led to an idea.
We invited our staff and their friends and family around the country to share photos and Scripture that might bring peace and encouragement to many. We hope you will be as encouraged as we are.
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
– 1 Corinthians 1:10
Hundreds of men, women, and children of faith marched peacefully near the Martin Luther King branch of the Milwaukee Public Library, including a volunteer for NCF’s Milwaukee office who helps to unite urban and suburban ministry resources for God’s Glory.
Photo: Jennifer Webster
… for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
– Galatians 3:28
Believers, including a number of national office staff, gathered at a rally in Grove Park for worship and prayer. Those gathered were urged by local leaders to take time to lament, pray, and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit as they pursue racial healing.
Photo: Mike Dolinger
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another.
– Romans 12:15-16
Police officers, together with peaceful protestors, kneel for a moment of silence on a lawn at the Amway Center after marching down historic Division Avenue. This large thoroughfare was the dividing line between a predominantly white community to the east and a predominantly black community to the west. Division Avenue has separated the two communities in Orlando since the 1800s.
Photo: Jordan Long
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
– Isaiah 1:17
In downtown Austin, peaceful demonstrators march past the State Capitol building with a reminder to seek justice and a simple question from a posture of humility. Read the full passage from Isaiah here.
Photos: Ryan Assunto/Jeff Mangum
Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
– Hebrews 10:24-25
People gathered at Riverside Church for a night of worship and prayer as peaceful protests happened across their city.
Photo: Emily Kriesel
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
– Micah 6:8
Peaceful protests happened in locations around Cumming, Georgia last week. One of them was organized by some North Atlanta teens, including the daughters of two National office staff, Thomas Loving and Jill Turner.
Photos: Thomas Loving