Mark 11:24 AMP For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.
Hebrews 4:16 NIV Therefore, let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].
“The God of love, grace, and forgiveness still sits on the throne.” – Lionel
“The spirit of unity, grace, peace, justice, and empathy must prevail over tyranny.” – Lionel
At the dinner table we usually start by blessing the food, talking about what we are grateful for and who we helped today. However, in addition to our dinner tradition, the other day my wife and I discussed (again) with our 13 and 17 year old African American teenage boys the harsh realities of racism and police brutality. We discussed the power of not living in fear, but of being wise, aware of your reality, how to interact with an officer if approached, walking in the neighborhood, socializing with friends and maintaining vigilance in all situations. I wish we lived in a society where my wife and I didn’t have to have these specific conversations centered around the African American male experience and concerns we share as African American parents