Summary: Let go and let God, push and pull, volley and lead us to run our race to fulfill God’s purpose to see and own our purpose in our lives, our gift.
FOR JESUS’ LOVE 12
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (August 22, 2017)
“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” (St. John 21:15-17, King James Version [Christ’s charge to Peter]}
Greetings in the Holy Name of Jesus,
My sisters and brothers, I see you in the storm and I am hearing you in the storm with a love that understands far more than I need to because the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident keeps prevailing in our lives---those that remain. What am I talking about? In Georgia, trial in the streets of America---tried, convicted and executed in the streets, for all to see, obviously in a FACE OFF but we want to talk about what brought an easy-going neighborhood in southwest Georgia to that murder in the streets ---again a supposedly law-abiding peace officer serving a warrant and a citizen some would say of ill-repute with 24 arrests not to his credit but that which bound him to a life of crime. Those officers serving the warrant suspected drug activity and laid the reason for the drug activity to the neighborhood man’s feet---a warrant and bond on his head. Now, the citizens of the easy-going neighborhood spoke well of their fellow citizen for he helped them when they needed help.
How does a drug dealer rise up to become a neighborhood leader? It is not a far-stretch of the imagination to see what is going on in the communities and neighborhoods around America and in the world for just as they come and put snakes in your yards---they put drugs in your communities and in your neighborhoods, for someone has to do it for the people need the drugs---the systems of the world created the drug addictions around the world---consumer need for any and all products, the appeal to those of a rational mind to accept peddling of products---drugs being one of those products---good drugs or bad drugs. Therefore, when a mother’s son grows up to be the neighborhood drug dealer even more so the neighborhood pimp---who must meet supply and demand and payroll each day with charitable works—for someone is waiting to see how much the drug dealer made before they can get the money to send their son or daughter to college; someone else is waiting to see how much the pimp made to get money to buy groceries, another person is waiting for the drug dealer, the pimp or anyone to get their car repaired—this perception shockingly might not be your reality but it is the reality of the neighborhoods---those that do not produce as they should, know how to help themselves with