It was a marvelous thing to see, history unfolding, the freeing of people from harsh barriers. And the last few generations don't have a clue what I'm talking about because they weren't there.
I guess I'm getting older (don't say it, I know, I'm Old). Because thoughts like these make me think about how crucial an effect on things were the civil rights movement (before my time), how vital men like Martin Luther King, Jr and Billy Graham were in standing up for what is right.
I also think about what God might be calling us to today. I look back to my father and mother's examples and understand that I need to pray more, I need to worship more, and more importantly, I need to stir up the faith God has given to believe for today, now, and the days to come. I found myself contemplating the love of God. I forget how awesome His love is, not that I don't enjoy its benefits each and every day, but I forget what a strong message of hope it is for others. Because of His love, healings of body and soul are possible, freedom from addictions, forgiveness of sins committed, restoration of relationships, removal of financial bondage, and so on. No matter who you are, or what you've done, where you've been, or where you're at, God loves you and has a purpose for your life. It is in your hands to turn your back on where you've been, ask forgiveness for your sins, determine to follow Jesus, and He will come into your life and transform it with His love.
Oh, and an added bonus? God makes us His adopted children, and our eternal destination is sealed to be with Him in heaven. "For I go to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2, ASV).