Let Freedom Ring!
“One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
I’m sure you are familiar with these words. We have all recited them numerous times since our childhood days of elementary school. My prayer has been that these words would be a reality in our country for every American this year. I pray that the ending of the pledge of the allegiance would be our new beginning as we move through 2020 and into this new decade.
I know there has been racial injustice and other forms of injustice on so many levels in America. We have seen it in politics, the police department, business, education, the media, the church, families and throughout many facets of our society. The definition of injustice according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is “the absence of justice; violation of right or of the rights of another; unfairness; an unjust act; wrong." I think injustice is not only a behavior and mindset but an oppressive spirit that has kept many people in bondage. I hear God’s voice saying, “Enough is enough!” I know God is ready to free people from injustice!
I have been praying about what my response should be during these perilous times. And Eric and I have prayed and talked together too and asked God how we should respond to this current crisis. Micah 6:8 says “He has shown you, O mortal what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (NIV)
And how can we walk out that verse and put our LOVE into action? I think it may look different for each one of us but I do think there should be ACTION. For Eric and I, we are praying more often together around this crisis, reaching out to our African American friends to let them know we love and support them, inviting our African American friends out to dinner and giving financially to African American churches and ministries in Minneapolis and Chicago. This is a just the start. We continue to pray and talk about how else we can be a catalyst for positive change and healing in our nation.
I would love to hear back from you! How are you responding to these challenging times we are living through and how are you working to be a part of the solution and to build bridges between the races? I think as we share with one another we can spur one another on to positive solutions and more good works! I think it starts with each one of us reaching out and making positive changes and encouraging others to do the same. Thanks for sending me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! I plan to share your responses in my next newsletter.
Thanks for taking time to read this newsletter today and for all the ways you have shown love and support to me and my family. Your love and prayers are a gift to me and I am so grateful! Believing God with you for blessing and healing to come to our nation!