Monday, January 17, 2011

In Honor of Dr. King and His dream.

As we discussed what today is with our children it sparked conversation which led to a few youtube videos which led to more discussion. I think hearing my daughter say "thats my favorite part" to Rosa Parks emphatic NO was a moment I won't forget. It was a moment of realization that she has learned to stand up for herself, for her brother, for equality, for our family and others. You see over the last three years my children have seen the ugliness of prejudice, the grace we can pour out on others even in that ugliness, the beauty of adoption, and the love for a small brown boy we call brother, son, one of us.

While I have always known there was prejudices out there I understand it on a much deeper, more personal level then I ever did before. We have come a long way but there is still so much more that needs to change. There are still people who view people differently because of their skin. This breaks my heart.

As I reflect on what today stands for I am more and more humbled at what God has called us to not just with adoption but that He's called us to cross cultural and racial lines. His complete and perfect love for us demonstrated through adoption and multi cultural families. He didn't choose us based on the color of our skin. He adopted us because He loved us SO much. He gave up His son so that we might live with Him forever in heaven. Why on earth would anyone who calls themselves a Christ follower think anything less of someone with a different skin color? I will never understand yet it is an unfortunate reality. Though I will never understand I will continue to pour out grace while standing firm that the color of your skin has absolutely ZERO value on who we are in Christ. We are all equal. We are all humans made in the image of God.

One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King is below.

"....little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

When Silas first got home we had a professional photographer come and do our pictures - this was one of her ideas and I love it. (Thanks Ruby!) Its more then just joining hands. Its joining families - together strengthening the force of breaking down the walls of prejudice, advocating for racial equality.


Alida said...

Amen, sista!!! Love this pic!!! Picture really do speak a thousand words and more ... And this one sais sooo much! Can't wait for your little girl to be home and join her new family! She will be sooo loved!

Shelly Roberts said...

Amen, Amen ... AMEN, sister!! So thankful that we are getting to glimpse a small picture in our families of the beauty of the Lord .... and it gives me great hope for the NEXT generation!!! Just think of heaven ... no segregation ... only praising our FATHER! That is so exciting to me. And this journey humbles me. ~Shelly

emily said...

Remember those pics so well!!

Love doing this thing called life with you!

Stefani B. said...

I'm a new lurker...promise. A friend of mine who has a blog made a beautiful Dr. Martin Luther King printable for today. I thought you might enjoy a link

three little birds said...

one of my favorites too - I tried to read it to my kinders today and barely made it through

missy said...

BEAUTIFUL picture, beautiful post.