George Floyd was killed senselessly and cruelly by a police officer who pressed his knee to his throat for about 8 minutes and 46 seconds. A young woman bravely took a video of the horrible act. The eyes of the police officer and her met. Time must have seemed to stopped or slow down. In that short time, the life of a Black man was taken. No more time for George Floyd to be with his family and friends on this physical Earth. No more time for hugs and kisses and laughter and no time for serious and silly things to do for George Floyd. Time has stopped for George Floyd, at least for his physical body and what it meant to others.
As a Spiritualist, I believe in the afterlife and that our souls and spirit continue in a nonphysical dimension. And I also know that my beliefs would give little comfort to the friends and family of George Floyd. My gut feeling and hope is that the life of George Floyd will be long remembered and talked about. That we will continue to have discussions about what his life meant and means in the context of our greater community, the world of people, where everyone should be valued equal to everyone else and deserve respect and dignity. There have been too many racial killings and too much hatred to sustain us as a nation of "liberty and justice for all." We must act and change so that this does not happen again. This time must be different. This time, we must use the time afforded to us to heal and correct and amend who we are. We must change time. We must create a routine of love and understanding that we don't dare depart from. I feel confident that George Floyd in the timeless abode of God's love will be looking down as us to see how we are using our time.