Red and Yellow, Black and White, They are Precious in His Sight

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“with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.

 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10 NIV

I’m a fan of the Enneagram—an ancient personality profile with nine distinct types. While the Enneagram has helped me understand myself, it has also helped me understand others. When I need to approach one of my kids, I review their number so I can see the issue from their point of view. 

How I wish I had a similar tool to help me understand my brothers and sisters of color. I adore you, my sisters, but I cannot comprehend the prejudice you’ve suffered. I wish I had a reference for your experience, but I don’t. 

I love you.

I respect you. Your beauty. Your giftings. Our sisterhood in Christ. 

I deplore how you have been treated. It’s unacceptable in any and every way prejudice and hatred has manifested, whether as an abuse of power or a demeaning comment. 

I hurt with you. 

How can I help?

I acknowledge my ignorance. I know my own story best. I learn yours when you honor me by sharing it. I’m okay with being uncomfortable. You don’t have to carry your pain alone.

I stand with you. 

Father, help Your children to walk in unity.