We want you to know that we are just like many of you. We love Jesus Christ. We believe His Word and seek to apply it to every aspect of our lives. We struggle. We’re imperfect. When we fail, we try again.
Saundra is a wife, mother, doctor, writer, speaker, Southerner, and black woman. Lori is a wife, mother, grandmother, crisis worker, writer, speaker, Northerner, and white woman. But of course, like you, we are also each much more than our roles, geography, and skin color.
Within these pages there are also voices of 12 men and women of other ethnicities adding their thoughts to ours. Together we are the Body of Christ, sons and daughters of the Most High King.
We have been impacted, just like you, by the events and debates about race and ethnicity raging in our times. We aren’t experts at racial reconciliation, but because we are writers, that’s what we offer to God in the work toward racial healing. We committed to have this public conversation in writing in the hope that it would inspire other Christians to begin (or continue) their own conversations.
We did this because we love Jesus and believe that, in him, we have the power and the love we need to heal and move forward together. We did this because we believe God when he says we need one another and that we are one body. We did this even though it was uncomfortable, scary, and made us vulnerable. We offer this work to you with love, tears, and prayers.
As hard as it is to hold on to hope for change in our times, we believe we have every reason to hope in Christ. May this book ignite, reignite, or further fuel, your hope as well, in the name of Jesus.
Mercy and grace,
Saundra and Lori
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