“Be Cheerful No Matter What”

December 14, “Be Cheerful No Matter What” 2 Thess. 5:16-24; Jn. 1:6-28

“Black Lives All Matter”

“Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” 2 Thess. 5:16-17.

Yesterday as I walked down Polk it was “Santa Day” everyone had Santa outfits on, and suddenly I turned and one of my guys who was black was pinned in a corner by a white guy in a Santa outfit. I got between them, to keep my guy from doing something he would regret and the racist remarks out of “Santa” out of Santa’s mouth were horrible.

Today has been designated “Black Lives All Matter” Sunday and we are invited to wear black to signify this day. I will wear black, but I will be wearing it with the thought in mind that “All Lives Matter”. We break off in our groups: “black”, “queer”, “Native “American”, “mental illness”, and so on that we forget that we are all human beings, we have the same blood within us–we are no different from each other–we all bleed, we all die. I wear black today to remind myself and others it is time that we open our hearts and minds to each other and listen. For only when we do that will we will able to change the way we treat each other.

Dr. Will Tuttle writes: We are only comfortable eating animals when we exclude them from the categories we use to define ourselves, but our differences from animals are far less than our eating habits force us to believe they are.

I wear black today reminding myself that ALL LIVES MATTER–all of creation matters. We need to look at the totality of creation—to the smallest of creatures and respect life.

“Be cheerful in no matter what.” Paul reminds us that in God there is always hope, and that in holding on to that hope we can be cheerful, and in that cheerfulness with faith in God we can change our attitudes.

I saw “Exodus: Gods and Kings” yesterday and I thought it was a great movie because it shows the growth of Moses from that of an atheist to the following God with all of his heart, and that meant giving his life away for his people. Life is not pretty, we can hide all we want to, but life is difficult, it is ugly, but at its heart there is a loving God and when we open our eyes up to this God our lives and those around us are transformed. Today wear black, but wear it for all living creatures, and in wearing it think of one thing you can do to open your life to those around you. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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