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Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div.

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Heart Problems, Love Solution... #SocialJustice #HumanRights

Posted on October 29, 2016 at 1:19 AM Comments comments (1)
Greetings!

BlogFam, 
Today, I  visited the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA.  Can we just pause right here? I literally took a deep breath after writing that first sentence because of all the emotions I felt in response to the images  I saw that continue to cause a deep wrestling and restlessness within.  Unfortunately,  as I reflected earlier today while walking through each exhibit, I was reminded, yet again, how I will never understand how anyone can have so much hatred in their hearts for another human being. I am also painfully aware of how many of the same attitudes and actions of those who carry such hatred are still among us today.  As I listened to the recordings and watched the videos and read the captions under the pictures, I saw and I heard so many words that could be apart of a 2016 commentary on any issue of social justice that is still an issue today.  For example, as I perused the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection of writings,  I found this opening statement of an article by Dr. King, entitiled, "Nonviolence and Racial Justice," written in the 1958 issue of The Friends Journal, a Quaker Weekly:

It is impossible to look out into the wide arena of American life without noticing  a real crisis in race relations. 

His 1958 observation could be the opening statement of any reflection on the same topic in 2016. And the truth is that you do not have to only look at American life. The center allows visitors a glimpse of the "real crisis" around the world regarding human rights. And whether one admits it or not, the truth is that we have a global, international, national, regional, statewide, county/parish, local, neighborhood, down your street, and even in your house, heart problem.

Heart problems evidenced by the senseless murders, endless insults, ruthless racism, careless posturing of greedy men and women who operate out of seemingly bottomless heart pits of hatred to promote injustice, fear, and economic and physical slavery around the world.

It is a sad commentary on the world that human beings can be so heartless.  It is sad and discouraging and overwhelming and angering to be a witness to the brokenness of our whole world. 

BUT.
GOD.
 Friends, as I walked through this center, as deeply grieved as I was, a question arose within: In what ways does the church perpetuate a blatant disregard for human rights?

The sad truth is that the answer is... IN EVERY WAY.  I do not recall one issue that I read about today that the church universal has not stood on the opposite side of love.  Think about it. Think about any social justice issue, or broader yet, any human rights issue* and I  bet all of us church folks can name at least one issue that we have chosen to be discriminating,  divisive, stubbornly  refusing to shift or at the very least show compassion for others who are the least of these enduring violations to their rights and humanity.   

Sometimes,  well, many times, I wish that  people would recall that JESUS said the GREATEST commandment is to LOVE.  And LOVE supercedes your doctrines, your shallow theological claims passed down from generation to generation,  and   even how you "feel" on a good or bad day.  LOVE is the ideal and very real solution to the heart problems of today.  If we, the church universal, would just OBEY those two greatest commandments, I can only imagine how the world could be a better place. 

Until then, I am not ashamed to say that my FAITH in God is my eternal hope and daily inspiration to surrender my heart to LOVE and pray that my actions follow. What about you?

GO LOVE SOMEBODY.... TODAY!

Blessings,  Glory, and Sunshine!
Delesslyn

*P.S. - FYI... THE 30 UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS... (http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/)

Article 1 Right to Equality
Article 2 Freedom from Discrimination
Article 3 Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security
Article 4 Freedom from Slavery
Article 5 Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment
Article 6 Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law
Article 7 Right to Equality before the Law
Article 8 Right to Remedy by Competent Tribunal
Article 9 Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Exile
Article 10 Right to Fair Public Hearing
Article 11 Right to be Considered Innocent until Proven Guilty
Article 12 Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home and Correspondence
Article 13 Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country
Article 14 Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution
Article 15 Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to Change It
Article 16 Right to Marriage and Family
Article 17 Right to Own Property
Article 18 Freedom of Belief and Religion
Article 19 Freedom of Opinion and Information
Article 20 Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association
Article 21 Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections
Article 22 Right to Social Security
Article 23 Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions
Article 24 Right to Rest and Leisure
Article 25 Right to Adequate Living Standard
Article 26 Right to Education
Article 27 Right to Participate in the Cultural Life of Community
Article 28 Right to a Social Order that Articulates this Document
Article 29 Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development
Article 30 Freedom from State or Personal Interference in the above Rights
 

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Zappy Rhythms - 1 Peter 1:3-7

Posted on February 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM Comments comments (2)
God Loves You and I do too!
Delesslyn
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Get Your Yodel Together!!! Romans 7:14-25

Posted on February 5, 2012 at 8:44 AM Comments comments (8)
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Celebrate YOUR NOTE! - 2 Samuel:22:29-30

Posted on February 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!
 
Before we jump into my reflection for today, I know that some of you were wondering how the letter “X” would fit into our musical terms series. Well, so was I! [LOL!]  In the musical dictionaries or glossaries that I searched, the word “Xylophone” was oftentimes the only word listed.   Though I surprisingly did find a few other words that began with the letter “X,” but none that grabbed me like the challenge of using the word “Xylophone” for our reflection on this morning.  So, I am praying that the Lord truly guides our thoughts today, as He does everyday, and I pray that YOU are blessed!
 
2 Samuel 22:29-30
You, LORD, are my lamp;
the LORD turns my darkness into light.
With your help I can advance against a troop;
with my God I can scale a wall.
 
 
Musical Term for the Day:
The “Xylophone” is a percussion instrument consisting of a row of chromatically tuned wooden or metal bars, arranged in the manner of a pianokeyboard.The bars are supported by a wooden frame over resonator tubes and they are sounded by being struck with mallets. 
 
 
When I was in grade school, possibly elementary school or middle school, I was introduced to this unique instrument.  I played the flute and the piano in my early years but I became familiar with other instruments because of band or certain lessons that my teachers taught.  The xylophone was one of the instruments that I do clearly remember because it was so unique in its look and its sound, considering it is a percussion instrument.  At that time, percussion instruments, to me, were supposed to sound loud and strong, not soft and dainty, like sweet bells. While I never mastered the xylophone as my instrument of choice, I knew that there was a level of accuracy that was necessary while playing this instrument so that each strike of the mallet would produce the intended sound for which that particular bar had been shaped.
 
 
The only way to achieve a sound from the xylophone is to strike it with the appropriate mallet on the chromatically tuned wooden bars.  These bars have been molded and shaped for specific notes on the musical scale and when the mallet strikes any one of those bars, the note that the bar was molded and shaped to produce, rings forth.  And isn’t that a lot like pursuing our purpose in life?  We are all molded and shaped individually to ring forth in a particular way on the Creators musical scale.  When we were created, God knew exactly how our life should sound and re-sound.  Our Original Composer knew what He wanted to hear and how our life was to flow in the orchestra of this universe.  Friends, throughout our life’s experiences, YES, we are struck by trials, tragedies, and triumphs in varying degrees but no matter what comes our way, we must know that deep inside we were molded to withstand and overcome whatever life may bring our way.
 
 
BlogFam, today, I want to strongly encourage you to gain clarity about the note your life should play.  For what purpose have you been shaped and molded strategically and intentionally by the Master’s hand?  How has your life sounded and re-sounded in times of trial, tragedy, and triumph? Have you stayed true to the sound of your own note?  OR have you tried to volunteer or force yourself to take on the notes of others at the expense of neglecting the purpose for which you were created? 
 
 
On any musical scale, each note sounds differently.  When those notes have been arranged to the pleasure of the composer, then we play, sing, or listen to how the composer has strategically and intentionally placed each note.  The average person does not play, sing or listen to this musical offering with the intent to change the original composer’s vision.  The average person will not do that.  I am not saying that any of us will have an appreciation for every type of musical composition that has ever been made; however, all of us must at least respect that the arrangement of those notes is that composer’s vision. My sistas and brothas, you may not fully appreciate every hand that your life has dealt you, but you must respect the truth that for some reason, you have and you will make it through because the Original Composer has promised to be our lamp, to turn our darkness into light, to be our help, and to empower us to scale the walls.
 
 
Like the bars on a xylophone, you were created to ring forth a particular note on purpose and when the darkness comes or when your enemies advance against you, just KNOW that the Original Composer has already prearranged the musical composition in your favor.  You may not appreciate the trial, the tragedy, or even the triumphs in this measure on the score, but as every person at least ten years older than me says – KEEP LIVING! 
 
 
BlogFam, Search for YOUR note! Stick to YOUR note!  Celebrate YOUR note! And let your note ring forth in victory!  I pray that you would know that YOUR place on this divine scale of life is sure!  I pray that as your life sounds and re-sounds in whatever state you are in right now, you would find comfort  in knowing that your purpose is secure in God and that your note sounds sweet to Him!
 
 
God Loves You and I do too!
Delesslyn
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The Whole Note is LOVE - 1 John 4:7-12, 19-21

Posted on February 3, 2012 at 8:38 AM Comments comments (0)
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Miracles in Your Life IF... - John 4:46-53

Posted on February 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Miracles in Your Life IF...
 
Musical Term of the Day:
volubilita - freedom of performance
 
John 4:46-53
 
So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.
 
When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.
 
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The Welcomed Unaccompaniment - Matthew 7:22-24a

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 9:52 AM Comments comments (0)
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It's Time for a Key Change! - Matthew 28:20b

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 8:58 AM Comments comments (2)
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Solo Manifesto - John 10:10

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (2)
 
God Loves You and I do too!
Delesslyn
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Believe in God.