By Michael W. Raley
What if we could extend God’s grace to those around us?
What if we could embody love in a time of anger and hate?
In a time of hedonistic pleasure,
The call for a return to virtue goes almost unheeded.
People choose to live by their own truths
Instead of the universal truths of God.
There are those who call out their own virtue
Without understanding the true nature of justice, righteousness, and love,
Bringing shame and humiliation to anyone who may disagree.
Brothers and sisters, this ought not be so.
Though we may have different skin tones and languages,
We bleed the same red blood.
However, the time has come for us
To stop shedding the innocent blood,
To stop the hate, the violence, the ridicule
And the mob mentality.
For our Lord is calling us to a time with Him,
A quiet time of prayer and reflection.
Perhaps it is a time of listening to the Lord
From His holy hill, allowing Him to transform us
Into who we should be,
Not what the world wants us to be.
The Lord is calling us to a spiritual paradox-
We must separate ourselves from the darkness
While being a light in that same darkness.
Choose this day whom you will serve-
The day or the night?
The darkness or the light?
Death or life?
Virtue or sin?
Choose Christ and choose freedom.