Thursday, June 18, 2015

For The Love of Charleston

As I sit here reeling from the news of the events of last night, I can do nothing but cry.
Tear after tear rolls down my cheeks even now, as I type.

For the city I love.
For my state.
For my country.
For my FAMILY.

Senseless tragedy?
Unspeakable?  Unfathomable?

These words only scratch the surface of the cries of my heart.

Now, I see on the news that they are in search of a 21 year old.  A kid.
A 21 year old male (I am old enough to be his mom.) walks into a church.  Sits in a pew and observes, seemingly participates in, a weekly prayer meeting... and then opens fire.

I'm sorry y'all.  I just can't wrap my brain around this kind of hate.
Yes, I said, "hate".
I agree with Mayor Riley on this one... "The only reason that someone would walk into a church and shoot people who were praying is hate."


I'm sick and tired of it.


Period.  End of story.

"Red and yellow, black, and white, they are precious in His sight."  We are ALL created in the image of our creator.   Created to be HIS IMAGE BEARERS to the world.  LOVE. JOY. PEACE. PATIENCE. KINDNESS. GOODNESS. FAITHFULNESS. GENTLENESS. SELF CONTROL.  These are the characteristics of our God, and creator.  These are the attributes that He calls us to bestow on one another... on the world.  Never hate.  GRACE.  MERCY.  JUSTICE.  But never hate.

Yes, I am a southern girl.  Yes.   I am proud of my southern heritage.  But not hate.  NEVER HATE.  In the history of my family, I am sure there are several skeletons that have been exhumed from closets that we would have rather kept hidden.  But we take the good along with the bad.  We embrace the good and teach it to our babies... We LEARN from the mistakes of our past and we also TEACH THESE LESSONS.

People.  When are you ever going to learn to LET IT GO???  Jesus knows that I wish I could go back in time and change things... In my own life, and in the lives of the fore-bearers of this great nation.  But I can't. All I can do is MOVE FORWARD.  PRESS ON.  LOVE.

The Word says that "Perfect love casts out all fear."  You see, fear is what breeds hatred.  Fear of the unknown.  Fear of differences.  Fear of change.

But I choose to love.  I choose to allow the love of Christ fill me and flow out of my heart into the hearts and lives of others.  I choose to embrace ALL PEOPLE.  Regardless of color, background, or cultural differences.

I choose to fall on my knees this day, and cry out to My Father on behalf of the families of Emmanuel AME church.  On behalf of the city of Charleston.  On behalf of The United States of America.  On behalf of all of us who choose to love, and who want desperately to make a difference.  To be a light in the darkness of this world.

Because Jesus died for all of us.  Because He loves ALL of us.  And his desire is that we ALL spend eternity in heaven with him.  There will be no sections of heaven, y'all.  No black churches, no white churches.  No Lutherans, no Baptists.  We will all be HIS CHILDREN.  Because we ARE ALL HIS CHILDREN.

It's high time we started acting like it!

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