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Living the Truth

Posted by Roberta Grimes • July 18, 2020 • 31 Comments

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be! With God as our Father, brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony. – Jill Jackson-Miller (1913-1995) & Sy Miller (1908-1971), from “Let There Be... Read More

Accepting the Truth

Posted by Roberta Grimes • July 11, 2020 • 24 Comments

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside the still waters, He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. – Attributed to King David, from Psalm 23 of the Book of Psalms (1000... Read More

Happy Birthday to Liberty!

Posted by Roberta Grimes • July 04, 2020 • 12 Comments

Oh beautiful, for heroes proved in liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine, ‘Till all success be nobleness and every gain divine. – Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929) from “America the Beautiful” (1895) The purpose of human life is spiritual growth, and... Read More

“I Have a Dream…”

Posted by Roberta Grimes • June 27, 2020 • 14 Comments

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men – black... Read More

The Long Tail of Slavery

Posted by Roberta Grimes • June 20, 2020 • 57 Comments

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, Nobody knows but Jesus. Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, Glory hallelujah! – From a pre-1865 Negro spiritual, author unknown Every human being of every shade is a member of a single race. Modern Europeans are in fact east Africans. This scientific certainty has been achieved only very recently,... Read More

The Quality of Mercy

Posted by Roberta Grimes • June 13, 2020 • 42 Comments

The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.        – William Shakespeare (1564-1616) from The Merchant of Venice (1605) As a teenager I memorized the entire “quality of mercy” speech from... Read More

Amazing Grace

Posted by Roberta Grimes • June 06, 2020 • 103 Comments

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see.            – Clergyman John Newton (1725–1807), from Amazing Grace (1772) You were supremely brave to plan and actually enter yet another earth-lifetime. Give yourself a lot of credit for... Read More

Empathy

Posted by Roberta Grimes • May 30, 2020 • 40 Comments

The road is long, with many a winding turn That leads us to who knows where, who knows when. But I’m strong, strong enough to carry him. He ain’t heavy. He’s my brother. – Bobby Scott (1937-1990) & Bob Russell (1914-1970), from “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” (1969) If people were nothing more than... Read More

Elevating Our One Mind

Posted by Roberta Grimes • May 23, 2020 • 76 Comments

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword. His truth is marching on!   – Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), from “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (1862)... Read More

Gratitude

Posted by Roberta Grimes • May 16, 2020 • 66 Comments

Oh Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made; I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.                    – Carl Boberg (1859-1940), From “How Great Thou Art” (1885) The Gospel teachings of Jesus are the simplest and most effective way... Read More