MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING

I was only 2 years old then.  Toddling around, blissfully unaware of the need for civil rights in this country, unaware of something called war, or as they liked to call it, conflict in Vietnam.  From the photos I saw on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, I’d say it was war, but what does a toddler know?MLK QUOTE (3)Mine was the generation that underwent mandatory desegregation.  Many families, both black and white, no longer saw grade point average as a priority, but were more concerned about whether their son or daughter would be on the “list” to be bussed across town to attend school.  It was a true concern for parents.  I was never on the list, not that it mattered.  I was busy with my own kind of integration program.  It was nice because it came so naturally – I love friendships that God creates, don’t you?

My best friend was Johnette, the P.E. teacher’s daughter.  We met in Bible club at school.  I loved hanging out with her because she loved Jesus and knew His wonderful law.  We talked and laughed and sang Sunday School songs together.   We had a common bond that could not keep us apart because we both loved Jesus.  It was Johnette’s character I adored and wanted to be around.  She never had a bad day and wore a big smile on her face!

You know, I don’t know to this day if Johnette rode a bus to school or not.  Was she part of the social experiment?  I don’t know.  I assume (and yes, I know what that means) she was in the neighborhood around the school since her mom worked there.  I don’t know – and I don’t care!  Johnette and I were best friends.  Nobody made us spend time together, but I believe God allowed us to cross paths.  For that gift, I will always be grateful.

No matter what a person’s race is, it is their character that will shine and attract others.  Johnette and I were friends in Christ.  We sharpened each other’s iron and grew to be very close friends.  She is African-American and I’m so Caucasian I can’t even pay to get a good tan.

Color blindness begins with me – and I refuse to see anything but a person’s character.  It should be our common like-mindedness that binds us in the Lord and nothing else.  I have brothers and sisters in Christ.  We all have a unique quirk especially from Him.  We look for that quirk in each other – that is when we begin to sharpen each other’s iron – and that is when great things for God begin to happen. 

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I wish I could have found the entire episode, but here is the last part of “Black Like Monica” from the CBS series, “Touched By An Angel”.  I hope you get a chance to watch the whole thing.  Monica was in a situation where she was a black human being for one day – but what a lesson she learned.

The Color of racism is fear.  – Monica, Touched by an Angel

I believe if we can keep our communication honest instead of ugly, God can help any relationship improve and eventually heal, don’t you?  ❤

 

 

WORLD PEACE DAY

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WORLD PEACE DAY…  we’re praying for peace.  We pray that God will take the turmoil in our world and turn it around one person at a time.  We pray that God will neutralize all hate and replace it with His perfect love.  We pray that every person will make a conscious decision to choose peaceful resolution to conflict.  With God’s Holy Spirit living in us, we can do it.

Mercy unto you, and PEACE, and love, be multiplied.  – Jude 1:2

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.   – Martin Luther King, Jr.

But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. PEACE be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.  –  3 John 1:14

 The time is always right to do what is right.   – Martin Luther King, Jr.

And one of you say unto them, Depart in PEACE, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?  –  James 2:16

Everybody can be great.  Because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grace be with you, mercy, and PEACE, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.  – 2 John 1:3

As God’s Holy Spirit works in us as individuals, may we make a choice to love one another, and renew that commitment every day no matter what evil goes on around us.

 We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.  Our abundance has brought us neither peace of mind nor serenity of spirit.  – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  –  James 3:17

We pray for peace.

And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.  – James 3:18

We must decide as individuals to let peace take root in our own hearts.  I can’t decide for you and you can’t decide for me.  I must make a choice to ask God to help me embrace peace.  I must not listen to the siren sounds around me that say there is racial tension – or that policemen profile or hate anyone.  That is propaganda.  It is hype stirred up by people who profit and take great pleasure in keeping the pot stirred. 

May we as individuals make peace – on purpose. 

THE BIRTH OF PEACE

 

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