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January February 2015 Newsletter
Meditation by Bishop Teresa E. Snorton
I recently saw the movie “Selma” and since I have spent a lot of time in Alabama since 2011, the events as depicted were quite intriguing to me. I was amazed by what I remembered (since I was a young adolescent during the period of time covered). But I was also amazed by what I did not know. Contemporary history, passed along most often through the media, had excluded some events from those turbulent times from the headlines. Thus, I did not know about them. I had not heard about them.
Isaiah 40:28 comes to mind when I think about how news and history is or is not shared or remembered:
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary.His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
The prophet asks, as I found myself asking myself in the movie: “Don’t you remember? How did I/you forget? How have you missed knowing something this important?” But the prophet is asking these things about our knowledge and recollection of God, of who God is and how God works.
I pray that during the upcoming Black History Month, you will make the effort to learn something new about your history, whether it is your African-American history, your family history, your church history or your community history. IGNORANCE is not bliss and KNOWLEDGE is power.
But most of all, I pray that during the year ahead, we will each invest more time in knowing God and studying his Word. Isaiah reminds us of the awesome power of God, but also calls us to task for not knowing the depth of God’s presence and God’s ability to work far beyond our understanding. We limit God too much, because we forget who God is and what God can do. We shortchange our faith walk and our Christian witness when we live with doubt rather than live in faith. And this is a part of our spiritual history that we should never forget!
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