A murder. A meeting. A voice

By Rev Ruth Turner

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I was at a meeting for the Doddington/Rollo Estates about the murder of Ian Tomlin. People were angry and frustrated. One woman checks her corridor every school day to make sure she doesn’t take her 4-year-old past a dead body.

The person chairing had a difficult job. One woman behind me spoke and then shouted at him:

‘Don’t shut me down – don’t shut me down’ and I thought of a passage in the Bible.

Blind Bartimaeus’ cry in Mark 10:47 – ‘Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me!’. Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet…

Have you ever been in a situation where you have been ignored, hushed up or talked over? I have and I tend to shut up.

What does Blind Bartimaeus do? but he shouted all the more ‘Son of David, have mercy on me’.

When people try to stop us speaking what do we do? Each one of us has a voice – what are we doing with it?