Through God, I CAN…

This has been a tough week for me personally and for communities all around this beloved country. My heart broke when I saw the news of Mr. Floyd's death, I watched the heart-wrenching video that sent me to a place of questioning. It was not that I was unaware of the hardships or that I was oblivious to all the other headlines and stories that came before this incident. In a relatively short period, I had grown accustomed to empty streets and the dominating reoccurring headlines and videos about the worldwide pandemic. When communities emerged to try to begin a new journey in what would be our new norm, one of the first significant headlines is one of division. In Genesis 1:26 God spoke these words "Then God said, Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea, and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over the creatures that move along the ground." He knew that we would need to remember that we are all made in his image, and this would be a signal to unite us as a people.

Violence begetting violence is as real as it gets. In Ecclesiastes 3:1, we are reminded that "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens." The time for healing is upon us. The healing process in many cases is not an easy road; in order to heal, we have to expose our hurt, allow our feelings to shine through, our anger, our frustrations, our pain, we have to let all the muck ooze out. We must shed light on all of it and expose the hurt to begin the process of healing. Anger is an important emotion just as important as love, both anger and love will drive you to change, not many other emotions have that affect. One of the elements of a believer's wrath is to focus on the change we want to accomplish. And not allow it to run rampant without God's influence and a clear goal.

The God we serve is intentional. He does not react out of goalless emotions; His goal is always healing and reconciliation back to Him because, in God, we will see truth and love for all mankind. Am I angry about what happens absolutely is violence one of the avenues I would like to display to express that anger, YES, it is, make no mistake about that? I am just choosing a different route. As a mother of a young black man, I do not believe that the feelings of anger and fear would not grip me after seeing something like this. I had to run to my prayer closet, and in there, I met Jesus, and He reassured me that through Him, I can do all things Philippians 4:13 puts it this way "I can do all this through Him who gives me strength." On my own, I do not have the strength to let go of my violent anger and replace it with constructive anger. On my own, I do not have the power to forgive and move on. On my own, I would not have the strength; to endure another black man dying because of the color of his skin in 2020. On my own, I do not have the power to work through the fear that could be my own son. On my own, I do not have the strength to see past this to better days. But God, with Him, I can do all things. Reconciling what is happening to people of color all around the world is hard. As believers, it is time for us to stand in our kingdom power as we are the hands and feet of Christ; we must stand up and be the change we want to see in the world.

I love you all thank you so much for standing in prayer with me for our world.

Today I challenge you to remember Genesis 1:27 "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."

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