Monday, January 16, 2012

The Color of Blood

Meron has taken note of her beautiful skin color. It's not something that weighs on her mind or anything - but she has noticed she is browner than me and Laura. We were chatting about the beauty of her brown one day and I said

"Yeah - but ya know what is neat Meron - check this out..."
and I grabbed a flashlight and held it to her arm. It made a neat red circle around the light. Then I held it to my arm and it made the exact same neat red circle.
"See - the outside is what makes us unique. But on the inside - we are all the same. All of us. All equal and all incredible beings made by God..."
Today I had the incredible privilege of sharing with the girls about an awesome man with an even more awesome dream.

The girls listened intently and as I looked at them I felt an overwhelming amount of love, gratitude and praise for God for creating this man. His work and ultimately his life was given so that I might be able to live in peace with a family photo like I have. I am forever grateful...

Last week - while we had family members willingly being used by satan to attack our family with racial slurs and some of the ugliest language I have ever read - I saw first hand that Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream has yet to be fully realized. We got work to do people. We need to keep on moving in the direction he set us all in so that we can one day find ourselves in full realization of that dream.

I can't say anything about him that would outshine his own words - so check out some of my favorite quotes from him:
"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood."
"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."
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
"I have a dream that one day, -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."
And perhaps my favorite...
"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
Thank you God, for Dr. King...

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