How nice that the Pilgrims sat down to dinner with the Native Americans, that once. How horrendous everything else we’ve done to them. How grievous the sin of genocide. God grant us the gift of repentance.
How beautiful that we realized all men were created equal. How horrible that we at first thought that that equality only applied, not to mankind but to males. How wonderful the example of the suffragettes, of lady preachers like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth who helped things to change. How horrible what was done to them. How wonderful their endurance. And there is so much more that we must do, if we are to do America’s work.
How beautiful is the country that we built. How wonderful it is, to visit the Washington, DC and admire the buildings there. How horrible, what a crime, a wound that cries out to Heaven, that our capitol was built by slaves brought here in the most horrendous conditions. How wonderful the example of the abolitionists, the conductors on the Underground Railroad, heroes like Harriet Tuban. How horrible was segregation. How wonderful the Civil Rights movement, Martin Luther King and everyone who fought with him for change. And there is so much more that we must do, if we are to do America’s work.How horrible, the events of this past week. We have so far to go, before we’ve reached anything like all men being treated as equals, all guaranteed respect for our inalienable rights. How beautiful to do America’s work, to fight for equality for all mankind– for women, for minorities, for Native peoples, for the disabled, for the physically and mentally ill, for the elderly, for unborn children, for prisoners, for immigrants, for people of all faiths or of no faith at all. How beautiful to do Abraham’s work– because Abraham obeyed God, and God wills that all men be free to live, at liberty, pursuing the happiness that is His gift.
How beautiful the kingdom that is to come.
Blessed am I, to be in this country, with so much before me to do for the Lord. Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever, Amen.
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