Well, SCOTUS made a big decision last week. The previous week was the horrific tragedy in South Carolina. This week, across the south we are riding many cities and states of the Confederate Flag. Times they are changing, rapidly changing. So many emotions surrounding these past weeks: sorrow, rage, fear, joy, elation,and victory, to name a few.
While my view on marriage align with the church, I do not judge or harbor any ill will towards anyone in my family, friends, coworkers, or neighbors for their feelings of relief and joy and victory. #LoveAlwaysWins is everywhere on social media. My faith remains strong and I know the most important thing is to live with joy. This draws people to you, when people are drawn towards you, they (hopefully) share your joy and this brings them an encounter with God. This is living the Gospel. (Sowing seeds.)
~ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11.
A few days ago, Hillary Clinton gave a speech at a historic black church in Missouri, and NPR called her out on a supposed “3-word misstep”. In her speech she said All LIVES MATTER this offensive to some because what she should have said was that “all black lives” matter. It’s true, all black lives do matter. Although the phrase “all lives matter” is inclusive, confirming that ALL the People, that is to say “ALL LIVES” matter. (Can you say Holy Spirit? That was not a mistake y’all!)
~ I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.Psalm 139:14.
After a week of listening to the Charleston tragedy, after the SCOTUS decision, I felt dejected. Then came the social media blitz. I had to pray for God to show me how to process this. I began to listen and read and ponder. What I began to hear, was really life affirming things. Like, “All Lives Matter” and “Love Always Win”. Think about those words… Yes, yes,it all makes perfect sense, I am finding these messages to be very life affirming. Ok, stay with me here~
So, while we move forward and begin to ponder what the future holds for us, our families, neighbors, communities, and our country, let’s renew our effort to show that all lives matter, that love always wins. Let’s support life from start to finish. Let’s take care of the least of us. Let’s forgive the “worst” of us. Let’s do it everyday. We are talking about dignity, respect, protecting the rights of all because all lives matter because you know, love always wins. Right?
Because change is happening everyday and laws are changing. Because we are having important conversations, and the words are being spoken, and you know what? Now these words have been spoken, hash-tagged, let’s use them to remind everyone of God’s greater plan.
There is much to be done, we must continue with our work. Stop the killing of babies,stop all abortions, support and care for the sick, the hungry, the broken, the poor, the old, the convicted killers, it’s what we are called to do. Pray for the conversion of all who need God. God’ plan is much more than we could ever hope for. Look at how the grace of God allowed the victims family to forgive the Charleston shooter, that is living the gospel, it’s simply amazing,in fact it is Grace.
~And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28.
~There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives – the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family.
Find them. Love them. ~ Blessed Mother Teresa
PEACE be with you always.