Small Lives Matter . . .

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SMALL LIVES MATTER!

– Doug Bailey

In a time of unspeakable tragedies from obscene gun violence,

In a time when justice can seem to wear the face of “just us”,

In a time when God weeps over thousands of needless deaths,

In a time when jargon and jingle is an inadequate response,

Still, this Holy Season, another is offered: SMALL LIVES MATTER.

Truth told, in the large scheme of the universe, each of us lead lives that seem so small.

Our one brief life and presence on this planet seems small.

Our one witness, in the face of chaos, seems so very small.

Yet, the centerpiece of our faith and hope proclaims that one small life matters. Profoundly! One small life, one “little Child of Bethlehem”, born of refugee parents, in a shelter fit for animals, in a tiny village in a vast empire.

This one small life touches and transforms us in timeless and eternal ways. This small life is our Emmanuel, embodied in our fragile humanity. Changing every season, every crisis, every joy.

We become new again at Christmas by this small and large Body of God. This is the Life and Light of the world. Therefore, we spend the rest of our lives seeking to follow and reflect this Life and Light. Because of Emmanuel, SMALL LIVES MATTER!

May God’s Christmas Life and Peace be within us! Always!

The Rev. Dr. Doug Bailey
Founder and former President, Center for Urban Ministry, Inc.
Former Asst. Professor, Urban Ministry at WFU School of Divinity

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

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As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:

  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider, the needs of others.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • Kel – who continues to wage peace in Jordan and Bethlehem. Here is he at Shepherd’s Field.
  • Attending the Nutcracker Ballet with the students and family at Ephesus Jr. Academy.
  • Those who help share the blessing of Christmas . . .
  • Sharon Randall on finding the Christmas spirit . . .
  • Dinner with Jeffrey Webster at Dames Chicken and Waffles
  • Christmas for the City
  • Hatch and Ginny Norton – for the donation of a smart board to Ephesus Jr. Academy.
  • Mrs. Betty Bailey (teacher and principal at Ephesus Jr. Academy) and her students for the wonderful (touching) letters they share with me.
  • The 90 year-old woman who wrote me about my columns.  She reads them, shares them and is inspired and encouraged by them. Wow!
  • Pastor Prince Rivers – third sermon in the series, A Christ-Centered Christmas. Sermon yesterday: Divine Interruptions. Will you make room for the baby Jesus?
  • Reflecting on the contents in my “Good Things” jar. You should have one if you don’t currently.

Please Pray:

  • Pray for a friend who is experiencing a serious health issue.
  • Belinda Speas Harris (and her family) – has lost her husband, Mr. Alfonzo Harris.
  • Melendia Roseboro – for her son (Darren)  who will be having surgery on December 28.
  • Chris Cropps – for her sister (Pat Johnson), who has been ill and is now at home.
  • Those who have lost loved ones during this season – Emma Ellis, Sharon Cotton, Shirley Alston, LaShun Huntley . . . and more.
  • Kel – request prayers for the refuges he is helping in Jordan.
  • Pray for another friend who is undergoing chemo and radiation for lung cancer.
  • Dr. Erby Oglesby – recuperating from recent surgery.
  • For a Merry Christmas to each of you.

The Benediction:

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

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As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:

  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider, the needs of others.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • Kel – who is in Jordan helping refugees and waging peace.
  • NCBRC staff, volunteers, audience and cast of Black Nativity. Nine performances plus a special student performance and a dress rehearsal. They (the cast) were outstanding!
  • Spoke to a group of 40 9th-graders at Mt. Tabor High School. I will be spending more time with them over the school year including selecting a book to read and discuss.
  • NC Black Rep board meeting and social.
  • Completed a successful  coaching assignment with a client.
  • Livingstone College W-S Alumni Chapter Christmas Social
  • Sunday dinner with a friend and his wife. Great food and fellowship.
  • UMMBC Sanctuary Choir – for their contribution to a family of 7 (they also helped the family last year) for Christmas.

Please Pray:

  • Pray for strength for a friend who is experiencing a serious health issue.
  • Kel – request prayers for the refuges he is helping in Jordan.
  • Shirley Alston (and her niece, Sharon) my stepmother – her sister and Sharon’s mother, Josephine passed on Saturday morning.
  • Pray for another friend who is undergoing chemo and radiation for lung cancer.
  • Dr. Erby Oglesby – recuperating from recent surgery.
  • LaShun Huntley (and his family) – on the death of his mother, Deloris Huntley. Her service was Saturday.
  • Thomas Johnson (and family) – on the loss of his sister.
  • Emma Ellis (a college classmate) – on the loss of her husband, John Ellis.

The Benediction:

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

echurch

As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:

  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider, the needs of others.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • Kel – who is in Jordan helping refugees and waging peace.
  • NCBRC staff, volunteers and cast of Black Nativity. Four performances plus a special student performance and a dress rehearsal.
  • Invitation to speak to the 3rd-5th graders at Claxton Elementary School last week. We had a great time.
  • High Impact Presentation (HIP) training with Emily Howard in Greensboro last week.
  • Spoke to students during their assemble at the Street School last week.
  • UMMBC Reading Workshop at W. R. Anderson Recreation Center – over 50 students and committed volunteers to assist them, led by Dr. Vernon Ross.
  • Wayne Ledbetter – he had successful eye surgery last week and was at church on Sunday (back in the choir).
  • Mabel Robinson – retiring at the end of the year as the Artistic Director for the NC Black Repertory Company.

Please Pray:

  • Praying for strength for a friend who is experiencing a serious health issue.
  • Pray for another friend who is undergoing chemo and radiation for lung cancer.
  • The families who lost loved ones in the shooting in California.
  • Dr. Erby Oglesby – recovering from recent surgery.
  • Rick Pierce – continue to pray for a sweet 5 year old (Maci Minton) who lives in Millers Creek, NC and has a rare form of leukemia for children.
  • LaShun Huntley (and his family) – on the death of his mother, Delores Huntley. She was a positive spirit.

The Benediction:

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots