I Am My Sister

I Am My Sister

“I am not my sister’s keeper, I am my sister.” Iyanla Vanzant Shackle          a pair of fetters connected together by a chain, used     to fasten a prisoner’s wrists or ankles together          synonyms: restraints, constraints, impediments, hindrances, obstacles, barriers, obstructions **** Shackles can be literal, made from metal and rope. Those used to bind young girls and women sold into slavery. For sex. Shackles can be societal, the stigma of our upbringing, or social standing. The amount of money we have or don't, the cars…continue reading →
Courage to Love

Courage to Love

  Love stories aren't always easy. Real love isn't a fairy tale. It is certainly beautiful, but it's also hard and holy work. When you allow yourself to be vulnerable, inevitably you will be hurt. But love is always worth the risk. Always. We are created to love and be loved; each having a deep longing to be fully known and accepted. Take the risk. Don't hold back. Love your children, your friends, your significant others, all fully and with abandon. Today is difficult for a lot of us. This is true for as many reasons…continue reading →
Mother of Exiles

Mother of Exiles

  “Give me your tired, your poor." We are a nation of immigrants. Most of us can trace our families back to colonial days and earlier. My own mother was a green card holder from Scotland. Our diversity is part of what makes America the nation that it is. Our differences: the color of our skin, our political leanings, our varying religious beliefs, and the freedom to express them, are the things that make us uniquely America. And this freedom is the very thing that has the displaced flocking to our shores. In…continue reading →
Do Unto the Least of These

Do Unto the Least of These

“The Government of the Unites States… gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” George Washington *** That quote is found at the entrance to the US Holocaust Museum. It should give us pause today; International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On May 13, 1939, A ship carrying Jewish refugees seeking asylum was denied port access in Cuba, and subsequently, the United States, forcing their return to Germany. 254 of those passengers lost their lives in the Holocaust. In the shadow of this, President Trump signed an Executive Order banning all refugees from 7…continue reading →
They Will Know Us By Our Political Party

They Will Know Us By Our Political Party

Let me give you a new command: Belong to my political party. In the same way that I do, you should as well. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples--when they see that you belong to my political party. John 13:34-35 *** Of course we know that this isn't exactly how these verses read. Since Inauguration Day and before, you would assume from the behavior of a good many Christians, that these verses have been rewritten to say and mean exactly that. And the absence of love is played…continue reading →
Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day

  Today is Inauguration Day.  For some, it will be a day of celebration. For others, a day of sadness. And for others, just another day. One thing for sure, it will be a day that will have far reaching ramifications. A good many Christians see this as a second coming of sorts. The resurrection of the United States of America, ushered in by chants of "Make America Great Again!" For some of us, we are dreading today and what our future holds.  We've seen the man, who is now our President, degrade…continue reading →
Darkness Cannot…Only Love Can

Darkness Cannot…Only Love Can

Powerful words. I've seen these words on the social media pages of my white friends all day long. On the day we’ve chosen to honor the life of the man who fought for justice for us all. Friends who attack those who supported Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. And continually attack anyone who hasn't vowed allegiance to the President-Elect and what they feel he stands for. Friends who post memes that shame anyone who has in the past, or is currently, taking advantage of the SNAP program in order to feed their families.…continue reading →
Love in the Days of the Nasty and Deplorable

Love in the Days of the Nasty and Deplorable

*** They will know us by our love... The big question is, do they? What is it we have shown the world this election season? This season marred by political corruption, infidelity, sexual assault, racism, bullying, lies, misogyny, abortion, emails, blah, blah, blah. Social media has become the new battlefield. I've watched family members and friends take to their respective corners and subsequently come out fighting. Even after tomorrow, when the votes are counted and a new president has been elected, sadly the battle won't be over. Conspiracy theories run amok. Any news…continue reading →