"Something there is that doesn't love a wall, that wants it down!" Wrote Poet Robert Frost. Unfortunately folks don't all believe that 00--many people try to separate themselves from what they see as the undesirables. The Great Wall of China--keep others OUT. The Berlin Wall--keep our people IN.
Now everybody likes "gated" communities--some say for the "exclusivity".
I have waited nearly ten years to have an appropriate sermon to tell the following story. When it happened it opened my eyes--I hope it will help others. We lived in the country when my Katye was born. At age 18 months we were stationed in East Knox County. My job was busier and I needed to find at least 2-3 days a week sitting for her. We wound up putting her in a big church Daycare in the area.
In her class was a little boy of about 2. His name was "Xavier" and he was African - American. Kaitlin couldn't yet say Kaitlin--so everyone called her "KaKi" and she called this kid "XaXa". They had a great teacher named Ms. Carolyn. One day Ms. Carolyn pulled me aside and said she had the best time everyday with KaKi and XaXa. When one would come in, the other would jump up from the activity they were in and throw out their arms wide and say, "KaKi" and run toward her. Then she'd open hers wide with a big smile and say "XaXa!" They'd hug and hug and then they'd move around the room and hug all the others. Mrs. Carolyn said it gave the group a great start on the day.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Carolyn left in the middle of the year. A couple of weeks after we had a new teacher, she called me aside to report the same daily ritual. Equally unfortunate was her outlook on that same event. She said, "I just wanted you to know that your little girl has been participating in this and I was sure you wouldn't like it."
Where do walls come from? Where is hate learned?
Until we moved later, Kaki was friends with XaXa everyday. I encourage each of you with little one or with grandchildren to teach tolerance, love and patience. Little children don't see color or class. They approach one another with love and thanksgiving.
My husband's church is next door to a church that was broken into this week. The vandals left bodily fluids on the church's floors and pictures and assorted nightmares. When it was discovered who did it, the TBI announced they were 7 and 8 years old.
Tolerance. Love. Kindness. Sow those seeds and you will not be bailing your 8 or 28 year old out of jail.
Blessings! Pastor Kim