Grateful for place of love
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
This past weekend I was proud to be a member of a community which embraces inclusivity and justice and joy. Friday was Greenville Grooves where a diverse audience listened and danced to great music provided by Carroll Dashiell and his gifted ensemble. He reminded us that this music brought a generation of Americans together in a time of social upheaval.
And once again many of us find ourselves working to restore and revitalize our democracy. We gathered at the Pitt County Courthouse steps on Saturday to advocate for government policies that promote justice and human decency at our southern border and beyond. The spirit was one of sorrow for the oppressed mixed with a determination to change things for the better. A point made was that no human is illegal and that that most of us are in a sense here without permission of the First Nation people, so why all the fuss if someone enters this country “illegally.”
Something that bothers me as a dedicated follower of Jesus is the hard heartedness of many of my brother and sister Christians. Jesus clearly said that love is the highest call. See Matthew 25:35: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in …”
Sunday evening, I attended Sunday in the Park and grooved once again to great music by Lydia Salett Dudley and her amazing group of musicians.
Thanks to all who work hard to make our community a place of love.