Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The image of a black 'footman' with a lantern signified the home was a stop on the Underground Railroad. These are largely a northern thing, and weren't commonly found in the South until after WWII when northerners moved there and brought this custom with them.
The clothing of the statue was also coded.
A striped jockey's shirt meant that this was a place to swap horses, while a footman in a tailed coat meant overnight lodgings/food, and a blue sailor's waistcoat meant the homeowner could take you to a port and get you on a ship to Canada.
I always laugh when I hear black folks talk about how racist these are, because honestly, the cats who had them were likely the LEAST racist. Later, these came back into popularity after WWII, and they were again coded to show the white homeowners supported early civil rights efforts, weren't Klan, etc.
Monday, February 15, 2016
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Each one should use whatever gift he has recieved to serve others
faithfully administering God's Grace in it's various forms.
Matthew 25: 37- 40 (NIV)
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
By the Grace of God, I have never known what it's like to be hungry. We've always had plenty, and joyfully shared with others
I believe my calling is to Bless others with the gifts God has Blessed me with, If I see you hungry, I'll feed you, If I see you cold, I knit you a covering, If your lonely, I share my time and love with you
What are you doing with the gifts God has Blessed you with???