WMU of Texas family, thank you for joining us for June’s devotional. It is Tuesday instead of Wednesday, but what I have to say can’t wait another day.
When I started sharing these devotions, our focus was on the pandemic, COVID-19. The devotions were a way for me to connect with you to ensure that you were reminded to connect with the Father.
The goal was for the short devotional time to:
Now, I don’t know everything because I’m not God, but also because I haven’t lived life through your eyes, through your experiences, in your skin.
Just like you have not lived your life through mine.
Today is a challenging day. Even more challenging today than it was yesterday, which was even more challenging than the day before. Because every day, there is something new that happens in our country that causes me to stop. Stop and ask, "What year is it? Is it 1960 or 2020?"
Unless you are fasting from watching television or reading any news, then you are aware of the most recent case of recorded police brutality where an African American man, George Floyd, was killed on video. A video that’s been played over and over again on national television and social media outlets. What I saw caused me to get physically ill, not only because we watched a man be killed on a Minneapolis street, but also because this was not an isolated incident, but one that was captured on video that day.
Now, many of you watching this video know me personally, so you are fully aware that I am an African American female, born in these United States of America. So let me offer to you a perspective... I am not exempt.
Yet, I am challenged today to be unapologetically who God created me to be - a black female. He knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise Him, for I know I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
I am challenged today to speak truth in love.
I am challenged today not just to love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.
The word of God challenges not just me, but it challenges US - His children, the body of Christ.
We may never agree on everything. Politically, we may vote on opposite sides of the aisle for various reasons, but it is very clear that oppression of black and brown people exists in this country - racism exists.
As Christians, we are challenged to...
That is in Psalm 82:3-4.
So today, I hope you feel challenged, as this time of reflection was not meant to make any of us comfortable.
We are not ok and it will take all of our voices to silence injustice in this country.
LET US PRAY.
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