Rosa Parks’ Example

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By refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus in 1955, black seamstress Rosa Parks (1913—2005) helped initiate the civil rights movement in the United States. The leaders of the local black community organized a bus boycott that began the day Parks was convicted of violating the segregation laws. Led by a young Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the boycott lasted more than a year—during which Parks not coincidentally lost her job—and ended only when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that bus segregation was unconstitutional. Over the next half-century, Parks became a nationally recognized symbol of dignity and strength in the struggle to end entrenched racial segregation.  (Source: Black History, The History Channel)

We as Americans today need to learn from leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King and citizens like Rosa Parks.  Rosa Parks taught us there is a right way to make our voices heard and to stand up for what we believe and for our rights as citizens-a way where the rights and welfare of others is respected and dignity is preserved.  It is a way without hate speech and violence.  Yet, so many choose the way of hatred and destruction, never considering the rights, feelings, or needs of others who may disagree but who certainly have the same human rights as themselves.

What has our nation become?  Have we as a people forgotten the values our founding fathers and Christian leaders have laid down for and taught us? Have we lost our dignity and all respect for our fellow citizens?  We, as Americans, need to earnestly PRAY for God’s mercy, forgiveness, wisdom, and guidance in the days ahead.  Let us look to and learn from the lives of those who have stood for the rights of citizens and have done so without hate-filled speech and violent demonstrations.  Let us pursue our causes with loving hearts and with Almighty God as our guide and remember the sacrifices of the brave men and women who risk their lives every day for our freedoms and protection. There is a better way!

Zacheriah 7:9: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another.”

Isaiah 1:17: “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

Micah 6:8: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

2 Samuel 8:15: “So David reigned over all Israel. And David administered justice and equity to all his people.”

In God’s Family There Is Love

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A Family Is…

A Family is a Place
To cry
To laugh
To vent frustration
To ask for help
And tease
To be kissed and hugged and smiled at.

A Family is People
Who care when you are sad
Who love you no matter what
Who share your triumphs
Who don’t expect you to be perfect
Just grow with honesty in your own direction.

A Family is a Circle
Where we learn to like ourselves
Where we learn to make good decisions
Where we learn to think before we do
Where we learn integrity and right and respect for others
Where we are special
Where we share ideas
Where we listen and are listened to
Where we learn the rules of life
To prepare us for the world.

The World is a Place
Where anything can happen
If we grow in a Loving Family
We are ready for the world.

– Author Unknown

 

In God’s Family There Is Love

I like the prose above and wish I knew who wrote it because it conveys so much of what I believe a godly family should be, especially from the perspective of a child. And by “family”, I am not only referring to the traditional family, but to all families, including our church and neighborhood families, as well. Especially in today’s world, it would do us great good to consider the author’s words in describing what a loving, nurturing family should be.

When you think about it, there are many different types of families. There are biological families, blended families, adoptive families, extended families, school and workplace families, organizational families, team families, community families, and the list goes on. Each and every one of us belongs to a family, whether it be small or large. Most of us are part of more than one family. But the most wonderful thing is that we can all be part of God’s Family!

It is in God’s Family that we find refuge and the strength to face life’s day-to-day challenges. In God’s Family we are accepted, loved, and cared for as His children. Each of us is unique and special to our Heavenly Father. In His Family we find shelter, comfort, guidance, strength, and peace, as we learn to receive God’s love and to love Him and others in return.

In God’s Family, there are children with many colored faces, differing characteristics, and from all walks of life. We are all different because He created us that way. He delights in our differences and loves each one of us with a love that is unconditional and everlasting. It is here in God’s Family that we discover what a loving Father our Creator really is and that we learn and grow in grace and wisdom, as we receive and share His love.

Families in today’s world are faced with so many challenges and external forces that threaten to destroy the values that hold them together. In previous decades there has been much talk concerning “family values” and what the “ideal family” should be.  As the face of our society continues to change, it is especially important that we remember who we are as God’s children and that we strive to uphold the loving values taught in His Word. By “His Word”, I am referring not only to God’s written word, the Bible, but to the true Word of God- Jesus Christ, His Son. He is the Living Word of God to us and the ultimate example of God’s endearing love for humankind and how we should treat one another.

Always remember… in God’s Family there is love, first and foremost. True family values are those taught in the book of I Corinthians 13, in the Ten Commandments, and in the words of Jesus found in Matthew 22:36-40*. Families are as different and unique as the members who belong to them. And an “ideal family” is one where God is honored and where love abounds!

by Angela Hall Dobbins

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Our home is built

with the light of God’s love,

caring and sharing

His gifts from above.

*Scripture References:

Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” ESV

Joshua 24:15 “…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” KJV

Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” KJV*

John 1:12 “To all who did receive him [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” NIV

Romans 8:16 “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” NKJV

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” NIV

Ephesians 5:1-2 “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. KJV

I Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…” NIV

I Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” NIV

I John 3:1 “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God.” ESV

I John 3:16 “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” NIV

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV)

If you don’t know Jesus Christ but you’d like to, pray and ask Him to come into your heart today.  God loves you and longs to wrap His love around you and embrace you as His child.  Nothing in this life can give you a sense of security and belonging like the love of God.  And God has given His love to all of us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  So get to know Him today… He will change your life!

Love in Christ Jesus,

Angela