Dear Lovett Community:
The last few days have been heartbreaking for our nation, our city, and our Lovett community. All of us have been shaken by the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. These unjust acts have been traumatic and painful, for all of us, but especially for our African American students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni.
These tragedies have occurred when so many are already struggling through unprecedented times of pandemic and its continuing fallout. Uncertainty, isolation, and illness seem to abound, and grief feels like a norm - especially this weekend.
But where there are young people, in my experience, there’s hope. At Lovett, we aspire to produce young people who have what they need to stand at life’s intersections with the fortitude and capacity to care for others, to respect differences, and to love one another as the commandments teach. This is core to our mission and our values. We must all work together to see the hurt, strive for collective empathy, and find a way forward.
Reverend Allen’s message and prayer below are deeply comforting to me, and I hope they will also be so to you and your family.
Wishing your family peace during these difficult days,
A Prayer for the Lovett Community
By Reverend Steve Allen
As we watch horrors before us on our TV screens,
As we hear the painful cries of those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired;
As we see the hurt on the faces of those who are particularly vulnerable;
As we recognize that we have a need to hear one another; to understand one another better;
As we see actions and reactions born out of fear;
As we see examples of humanity at its worst and watch tempers rise;
As we begin to understand that by ourselves we can accomplish very little but that together we can accomplish much good in this world;
As we seek to be a community who cares;
God, we pray.
We pray for an understanding heart and a willing spirit.
We pray for the courage to do our part and the strength to make a difference whenever possible.
We pray for hope when all around us feels hopeless.
We pray that our eyes and ears might be open to the cries of brothers and sisters who are hurting.
We pray that love might replace hate and unity might replace discord.
We pray for comfort in knowing you are a sovereign God trusting that even when all around us seems to be coming apart at the seams that you have the whole world in your hands.
We pray that the words of Psalm 23 might remind us; even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we do not need to fear; for you are with us.
All this we lift up as we are separated from one another yet united by the common bond of prayer.
In your name we pray