Black History Month

This month in worship we will be celebrating Black History Month. It could not come at a better time. It will be good in the midst of the current social unrest to remember the important roles African Americans have played in the development of our country. It also fits with our mission at LITC to live out of God’s radically inclusive love revealed in Jesus Christ, which means intentionally making a place for all people, especially those who have traditionally lived at the margins of society because of race, culture, sexual preference, socio-economic status, etc...

Toni Morrison once remarked that, “In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” That’s the very definition of being marginalized. That’s why we celebrate Black History Month—to not only remember the powerful contributions of African Americans to our country, but to remember that the healthiest way to move forward is to understand our past and use it as a foundation to grow. My prayer is that we may continue to work toward Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of children being judged “not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

As we work to share God’s radically inclusive love revealed in Jesus Christ, I encourage you to remember Dr. King’s wise words, “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Whatever we face in our chaotic world, God has revealed in Christ that the only effective response is light and love. It’s a hard choice sometimes, but it’s who we are called to be and how we are called to live in and through Jesus.

We continue in our COME HUNGRY message series this week, focusing on the gifts of dreams, vision, and prophecy. We’ll examine the story of Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams found in Genesis 41 and talk about the importance and application of prophetic dreams and visions in our world today. I’m excited about what God has put on my heart, so I hope you can be in worship! May God’s peace abound in your heart!

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Valerie