Jeremiah 9:17 states "thus saith the LORD of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the mourning women , that they may come ; and send for cunning women, that they may come : 18 And let them make haste , and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.21 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets". Unfortunately, this is a sign of the times that we are living in today.
The death of Trayvon Martin is one of many tragic events that we see far too often and one that his parents are determined will not just be another statistic. 28-year-old White Hispanic George Zimmerman admittedly killed their 17-year-old Black son Trayvon. Zimmerman stated Trayvon looked suspicious, was up to no good, and was on drugs or something. Trayvon was returning to his father's home after purchasing skittles and Ice Tea from the neighborhood store. George Zimmerman remains free and is using "Stand your ground" for his defense. He has not been arrested and has not been charged with a crime.
There are many unanswered questions which will never be answered without a trial. Questions like: what was "suspicious" about Trayvon's behavior? How did he determine that Trayvon might be on drugs? Why did he disobey the 911 operator instructions to "not follow Trayvon"? Had he been instructed before that his duties was to watch and report activities and not engage the person? Was Zimmerman tested for alcohol/drug following the shooting? Did he offer aid to Trayvon after the shooting (if a police officer had shot Trayvon he would have been required to offer aid to the victim)? Did he identify himself as a Neighborhood Watch person? Did Trayvon feel threaten and was he attempting to "Stand his Ground"
His parents want answers to help understand the senseless death of their child. Although Trayvon's parents were separated they continued to parent their child together. They are now facing this tragedy together. There differences do not matter now. Their child is dead and somehow they must get through this. They have taken their pain and turn it into purpose. There is no time to mourn for their child as they struggle to understand the "why" They are not alone for many parents who have lost their children to similar tragedies. Therefore, yes, Trayvon is their child and he is our child.
The clarion call goes out to the mourning women to come, wail, cry out, and intercede for this family and so many others during there time of transition. We feel their pain, we see the look of sorrow on their faces and hear it in their voices. Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. We must pray for them that they will look to God for strength and comfort. Matt 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
SPEAK THE ANSWER NOT THE PROBLEM. THE ANSWER IS IN THE WORD OF GOD. Heavenly father, we acknowledge you in all things and humbly submit to your will knowing that you do no make any mistakes. There is purpose for all that you allow to come into our lives. We lift up this family each and every member and connection to Trayvon before you and ask that you send the comforting presence of your Holy Spirit to comfort them during this season in their lives. You are the only one that can take what was meant for evil and somehow bring some good out of it. In their time of pain let them find your peace that passeth understanding as you embrace them in your loving arms and wipe away every tear with your finger of love. We weep with them during this time and pray that you will lift them up above the pain, let their pain be brief and the warm memories of the joy that he brought into their lives be sweet. We send the word of comfort, peace, love, and strength to them. Father we thank you because you are forever God, forever faithful and merciful and all power belongs to you.