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Statues, Flags and Decor - Revised Edition

I had a whole post typed out about the controversy about statues and flags and decorations sold at craft stores.

And then I deleted it. Because this is the real issue . . .

I want to love you. 

Regardless of the amount of pigmentation in your skin, how much money you make or whether you have a Black Lives Matter or Blue Lives Matter sign in your yard.

Sometimes I am biased, self-seeking and even rude. I am not great at loving you. I am not even good or mediocre at it. But I want to be. The world could use more love. And less judgment.

You are a child of the same God as I am. You are his beloved child who he made fearfully and wonderfully just like me. And because of that, you are precious to me.

In my heart, the statues are taken down. History is remembered and observed. Police who discriminate have stopped doing it. Only those who do commit crimes are suspected of them. Every police officer goes home safe to their family every. stinkin. night, they are shown the respect their uniform demands. And we are all sitting down to a picnic on a sunny, beautiful day in my backyard. Our differences set aside. Respect and love rule the day. Our hands brush as we pass each dish around the table, while we laugh and our hearts commune at the deep places where the Holy Spirit groans.

Your life matters to me. 

I am not naive enough to believe that it's actually that simple. But I want to be a part of the solution. A safe place where only love and respect abide. I can't change peoples hearts and minds. But I have the ear of the One who can change mine. So I will do what I can.

O God, teach me to love like you do. To see what you see. Please forgive me and convict me when I am prejudiced, when I am tempted to demand my way or point of view. Please forgive me when I am a 'respecter of persons'. Teach me to love unconditionally, without fail. I have a tendency to be selfish and to be blinded to my biases. Please forgive me and open my eyes! Guide my steps, direct my hands and feet. Give me wisdom and discernment Father! 


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