Walk with Perspective

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Walk a beat in the shoes
Of the officer dressed in blue
That protects our freedom
Wish we didn’t need them
But the world’s a scary place
Everyday they face
Monsters that hide in plain sight
The evil that lurks in the night
Brave men and women that are bigger
Than the lone wolves that pull the trigger
Under circumstance
For the victim no second chance
So who’s to blame
For the tears and pain

Walk a block
In the shoes of the kid from hard knocks
Who knows wrong from right
But still has to fight
To have a chance
He’s a different color under different circumstance
He doesn’t carry a gun
Because he thinks it’s fun
It’s for survival
Against his rival
The drug dealer, gang banger or thief
Until he’s out of the neighborhood he won’t have relief
So who’s to blame
For the tears and pain

Then one night two lives intertwine
And one steps over the line
A moment of threat
Turns into a lifetime of regret
Was it racism
Or skepticism
Mistrust of the other
Because of their difference in color
How do we correct
The lack of respect
For the authorities
Between majorities and minorities
To stop the blame
The tears and pain

Moments of silence
Won’t end the violence
But heartfelt prayer for unity
Across broken communities
Outstretched hands that reach
Not for handouts but to teach
To replace hate and resentment
With understanding sentiment
Not point out broken parts
But focus on the hearts
Of the lives affected, you and me
To be the change we want to see
Forgive the past
To build on a truth that lasts
One perspective for all of us
Through the eyes of Jesus
In His name
No more tears and no more pain.

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