Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div. - Visionary Strategist  Faithful Innovator  Inspirational Essayist
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Until THAT Glorious Day...

Although you’ve never seen him, you love him. Even though you don’t see him now, you trust him and so rejoice with a glorious joy that is too much for words. [1 Peter 1:8]
I recently attended a “Poor People’s Hearing” with Rev. William Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis, the co-leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign.  Per the campaign,
“fifty years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other leaders launched the Poor Peoples Campaign to tackle the pervasive problems of systemic racism, poverty, and militarism.  By many measures, these interrelated problems are worse today than they were back in 1968.  And if you add climate change and ecological devastation, the urgency is even greater…  The Poor People’s Campaign of the 21 century boasts a moral agenda based on fundamental rights…that would revive the efforts of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others for a ‘revolution of values’ in America.” []
This Poor People’s Hearing event at a local congregation in Kansas City, MO created space for poor people to share their own stories of racial discrimination, gender exploitation, child poverty, fear of deportation, lack of healthcare, environmental pollution, militarization of a local community, challenges to voting rights, and the moral failings of Christian nationalism.  It was informative, insightful, and inspiring all at the same time.  I was reminded again and again how the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer and the uphill battle to equalize the playing field.
As I sat and listened to all of the statistics and the stories, I kept seeing pictures of children in poverty.  Children suffering because of the systemic forces and cyclical nature of poverty.  I kept thinking about hungry children and cold children in winter and children with no books in their classrooms and children who never see their parents because their parents have to work 2 or 3 jobs just to barely make it.  I kept thinking about all of those innocent children who are not even old enough to participate in any process to prevent these social ills yet are victimized by it daily. And while the work is overwhelming considering adults, I pray that children are not lost in the conversation and in the demands that are being made of those in corporate and political offices and others in positions that can make a difference.
Friends, ALL of it needs to be fixed. There is room and more than enough money in the world – in these United States of America alone - for everyone to have a decent life, taking full advantage of all of their fundamental rights. There is so much work to be done to make this world a better place now and for generations to come.
Actually, I wonder what great strides could be made if everyone who says they love Jesus actually followed the second of the greatest commands to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  I wonder what shifts in the economy and education would take place if every Christian was obedient to that command.  I wonder how long it would take for these issues to be corrected if followers of Jesus Christ would stop and ask themselves, “What would Jesus Do?”
Friends, in my sanctified and justice loving imagination, I really do see one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL.  I can see it in my imagination.  I can feel it pulling my heart’s strings.  I can dream that it will be so… one day.  And although I have never seen it, I love this ideal world.  Even though I do not see it now, I trust and rejoice with a glorious joy that is too much for words at the day it will be so.
Much like the author of 1 Peter expressed about Jesus Christ:
Although you’ve never seen him, you love him. Even though you don’t see him now, you trust him and so rejoice with a glorious joy that is too much for words. [1 Peter 1:8]
Friends, I pray that we would trust and rejoice in the One who has the power to heal our land and even when we cannot see exactly how this is going to happen or when it feels like it is taking way too long for it to happen, we will keep on walking and marching and protesting and listening and caring and loving and fighting and shouting and rejoicing because one day we will all be FREE… and THAT day will be filled with a glorious joy that is too much for words.
God LOVES You and I Do Too!
Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!
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