January 30

“You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great.”  Leviticus 19:15

“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.”  James 2:1

Shane DeRolf wrote a poem “The Crayon Box that Talked.”  Colors didn’t like some other colors.  None of them liked ‘orange’ ….. they didn’t even know why.  DeRolf spreads them out and colors a picture for all colors to see.  They realize all colors are needed to make a beautiful, complete picture.

We recently celebrated the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  We are left to consider … people were tortured and killed, marginalized, forced into servitude, deliberately kept from voting … the only reason why … a different color – and fear.  We also must consider what we cannot celebrate … the problem isn’t solved.   We are still unwelcoming to strangers and mistrust those we deem different from ourselves.  We are easily swayed by what others think.  We reluctantly agree or remain silent, afraid to speak up for those who have no voice.  Jesus didn’t die for Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female … but for all.  God loves us equally whatever box we live in … mansion or hovel; or on top of … under the bridge; or will go out in … granite mausoleum,  wooden coffin, ashes by the lakeside; missing on the battlefield or at sea. 

Hyatt Moore painted a setting of Jesus’ Last Supper, beautifully depicting God’s love regardless of race or ethnicity.  It is based on Leonardo DaVinci’s painting, but each friend seated with Jesus is from a different tribe or nation, a “crayon box of colors”.  They are eating, welcome, with our same Jesus, who loves them/us all the same.

Dear Jesus, help us love all your children of the world … red and yellow, black and white … all precious in your sight.  May they all be precious to us too, with the help of your Holy Spirit and your grace within us.  Amen

Verla Olson
Rev 7:9