Happy beautiful day everyone! Breathe in and breathe out of God’s healing spirit.
Sending love, laughter, hope, and contentment. Rev. Dr. Sandy Seaton-Todd
Today is a day of celebration of the end of slavery in our nation's history. On June 19, 1865 the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy were emancipated when Union army general Gordon Granger announced federal orders in Galveston, Texas, proclaiming that slavery had been abolished.
Praise God that slavery is no longer legal in America. May we work to create a society in which injustice is no longer acceptable.
Personal Note to our African American friends: I am sorry for the history of slavery. I am sorry for the ongoing systems of injustice that exist and the reality of individual prejudices that continue to inflict harm. I am sorry for the wrongs that continue to be done to people of color. I invite you to continue sharing your experiences and ideas, and help us grow as individuals and as a church. We want always to hear your voices. May Christ be the foundation of our relationships and actions.
Bible Verse I John 4:18 Perfect love casts out fear.
Bible Story Story of Esther The story of Esther tells about the foil of a plot against the Jewish people. A Jewish exile named Hadasseh adopted the Persian name Esther when she entered the Persian court harem when she was a young girl. She eventually became the queen of Persia which at the time was the greatest empire in the known world. Esther was in the right place at the right time to hear about a plot by the king's chief minister Haman to annihilate the Jews throughout the empire. Esther and her cousin Mordecai were able to persuade Esther's husband the king to retract the order for the massacre.
We each have opportunities to further love and justice in the world. God plants us where God needs us to be to accomplish God's purposes. Do you desire to be used by God in whatever ways God chooses? Let us open our hearts to God and one another, allow perfect love to cast out our fears, and decide to bloom wherever we are planted!