"The first time, a black man was shot before my eyes. We were in a house, and I was hiding under a chair under a blanket, terrified that I would be seen and also killed. It was my job to say The Lord's Prayer to comfort this man as he died. I do think it helped.
A week or so later, I was praying for a black female shooting victim. In this instance, I was sitting in a circle with others and we were singing "Amazing Grace" for her."
Also, a few years ago, I had a dream about many black men on crucifixes. It was my job to bear witness.
I am thinking of this today because of the shooting of Philando Castile and what his girlfriend Diamond filmed post-shooting.
I do think this was part of Philando's life purpose. I believe he and his fiancee Diamond had a prearranged agreement with God to bring global awareness to this issue. (This does not excuse the police officer's actions in any way, but we are all Divine players.) One thing that comforts me is that Diamond pleaded to Facebook viewers to pray for Philando. I do believe millions of people prayed for him, which helped him as he ascended to heaven.