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Will Joy Come in the Morning?

Note: This blog post came about as I was getting ready for my #jazzchurch live stream.

After Emmett Till, James Earl Chaney, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, Medgar Evers, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Carol Denise McNair, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Rodney King, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, Walter Scott, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and countless, innumerable others

And after the George Floyd funeral this past week, “Joy, Joy” is the song that’s on my mind:

Behind every dark cloud
there’s a silver lining
After every rainstorm
there’s a bright new star
When troubles grieve you
and friends deceive you
Oh don’t worry
it will pass over
In the morning

when trials pull your heartstrings
don’t be discouraged
and even though pain and misery
fill your eyes with tears
these trials will soon pass
and soon they will depart
oh hallelujah
they will pass over
bye and bye

weeping may endure for a night
but joy will come in the morning

Police brutality keeps going and going and going, and I’m still waiting for joy to come in the morning. I’m working on not being discouraged, and it’s so damn hard…