As a pediatric physical therapist, I work with all kinds of children and families. Some are white, some are brown, some are straight, and some are not. Some families have sordid histories filled with drugs and abuse, some are churched and innocent. Some live in clean homes and others live in filth and squalor. Some are wealthy and others are one day away from being homeless.
Pain and disease, hardship and accidents happen to them all. These difficulties and struggles care little about your color or your ethnic background. They disregard your income level or the strength of your faith in God.
As we take a moment to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., I’d like us to think about how God sees each of us.
During my training in physical therapy school, we had to dissect a human cadaver. As we cut through the skin and fat, we discovered muscles, tendons, and bones. Deeper we saw hearts and lungs, kidneys and intestines.
Underneath the skin, these bodies all looked the same.
What our eyes see is only what’s on the outside and we make judgments about people solely on skin color and eye shape, clothing and hairstyle.
Take a moment today to see folks as God sees them and remember God makes each of us human. We all bleed red, we all cry tears. We all love our babies and we all suffer loss and pain.
When I was a child, we used to sing a little song in church called Jesus Loves the Little Children. We don’t sing it anymore and I think we should.
Jesus loves the little children,
all the children of the world,
red and yellow, black and white,
they are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world
To our heavenly Father, each of us is a child. We are His child and we are equally precious in His sight. He loves our color and our eyes. He revels in our differences because He created us so.
Let’s remember that this week as we go about our days. Everyone is hurting and everyone bleeds red. Everyone needs hope.
Bleed Red by Ronnie Dunn
Bleed the Same by Mandisa
(Photo from Pixabay)