With heavy hearts, we write to you concerning the death of George Floyd and the events that have followed. Though our words will most certainly be inadequate, we pray that empathy and humility are what come through.
2020 has been a challenging year for so many of us as individuals, as an organization, and as a nation. But we recognize that some of these challenges stretch far beyond the present moment. The protests that have taken place both locally and throughout our country are, in part, expressions of deep wounds experienced by much of the Black community. Unequivocally, we want our team members, residents, and clients of color to know that we love you, we see you, and we stand with you.
As we pursue our mission to responsibly enhance the lives of older adults with Christ-like love, we emphasize that this Christ-like love must extend to residents, clients, and team members of all ages, races, nationalities, and creeds, particularly people in the Black community who are facing injustice and inequality.
Please join us in a moment of silence this afternoon, Friday, June 5, at 1:00 pm. If you wish, take this time to reflect, pray, mourn.
“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” -Micah 6:8 (NIV).
Messiah Lifeways Executive Team
Curt, Karl, Kelli, Tracy, and Alicia