One of the positive things about social media is connecting (electronically) to others who share your interests and concerns. I have been following the Facebook writings of Mark Morey, who has spent time at Standing Rock.
Following is a story he tells that sounds a lot like Quaker Meeting for worship.
Mark recalled sitting around a fire one evening at the camp when he was struck by four words from an elder, lofted out of the long silence:
“Fear of the unknown.”
This is a moment of cultural importance, and it points at realities that can be frightening.
The grandmothers on the frontline facing police in riot gear with weapons and billy clubs, speak from their heart to them:
“We are doing this for your children too, you know. We know you want this but your heart is closed, so we are praying for you.”