Peace and Brotherhood
FOREST HILL, TEX. – On Feb. 24, the Southern African family joined our Forest Hill Seventh-day Adventist family in celebration of Black History Month.
The morning worship fueled our hearts with anticipation as we lifted our voices and sang together.
Afterwards, we enjoyed the bounty of various meals, in the most joyful atmosphere.
The evening was electrifying. The group shared with us the love of their God, the love of their land, their culture weaved in colorful and beautiful traditions and their spiritual journey expressed in songs and dances.
We were moved at the pure sight of God our Way Maker, Miracle Worker and Promise Keeper! Without a doubt we must acknowledge that the evening provided a new reality. Yes, we tasted peace, real brotherhood, truth and unconditional and contagious love.
In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. during his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
The Forest Hill church family truly appreciated the walk of faith of our Southern African brothers and sisters and their ability to trust in God the creator no matter what the season.
We shall never forget how our own hope in God was rekindled by their heartfelt expressions of praise; we were inspired to believe even more intently in the promises written in the Holy Bible.
The Holy Spirit was made manifest and we knew in that moment holding on to Jehovah to make a way for us is the only way, through pain, sorrow, hardship, loss, grief and tears.
We’ve seen God’s glory and now trust that He will make everything beautiful in due time.
By Danielle Jones