“Red and yellow

Black and white

They are  precious in His sight”

~unknown 

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It’s Friday, my favorite day of the week! My Sweet man will be home soon and we will camp in cozy warm with lentils and rice, Georgia football, and several good reads. In the meantime, I’m joining Kate Motaung and others for Five Minute Friday.

Today’s word: Common. 

Common: pertaining or belonging equally to an entire community, nation, or culture; joint; united ~Dictionary.com

These past days, weeks, months, we as a nation, a community, a people, have been anything but united. I have watched as red hot anger spewed ugliness across the board on social media. I chose months ago to give up the news. I simply could not take anymore.

As a general rule, I am a non-confrontational person, avoiding hurt feelings at all costs. Mine and yours.

All colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. And yet, we have one thing in common, we were formed by the Master’s hands.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my motherʼs womb. ~Psalm 139:13 NIV
I have sweet memories of a small white church, me in my smocked dress and patent leather shoes. Circled up with a gaggle of giggling children, holding hands and singing these words:
“Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.”
We are precious in his sight.
When woven together in common unity we are a beautiful mess. A vibrant tapestry of color, accents, cultures, and beliefs.
When words are filtered rather than aimed with deadly intent to wound and maim, we weave a story others want to read. Want to be a part of.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
~Phillipians 4:8&9 The Message 
Written centuries ago, a different time, to many nations, the Apostle Paul’s words ring true today.
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