don’t forget the past

It was 1963. The year my sibling was born. Also the year JFK was shot, hurricane Flora hit the Caribbean while a tsunami hit Bangladesh and earthquakes shook Libya and Yugoslavia, Alcatraz closed, Beatlemania was on the rise, the first woman went to space, the great train robbery happened in the U.K., and the list can go on and on.

The thing I want to focus on today so we don’t forget the past is the fact that the Montgomery buses were desegregated and black passengers could legally take any seat on the city’s buses. May we this be remembered, celebrated, and not forgotten!

And bravo to Rosa Parks who began the movement with her defiance of taking a seat in the ‘white’ section. Later in life she was brutally attacked and robbed in her apartment which infuriates me as she was such a woman of bravery and symbol for peace.

Read this article about an act of kindness done to her and worth repeating:

https://abc7chicago.com/society/little-caesars-founder-mike-ilitch-quietly-paid-rosa-parks-rent-for-years/1756521/

Martin Luther, Jr. was among those sitting on the newly integrated bus. The year was 1956. If you didn’t know, it had been a long year of boycotting buses from December 5, 1955 – December 20, 1956.

Here’s something else that happened in 1620. 102 Pilgrims and 30 crew from the Mayflower landed on Plymouth Rock.

A few hours down the road and a few centuries later in 1891, the 1st game of basketball was played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Some other random things that happened on this day:

  • 1913 – crossword puzzle printed in the NY World
  • 1914 – 1st feature length silent film comedy featuring Charlie Chaplin
  • 1929 – the 1st group hospital insurance plan was offered in Dallas, Texas
  • 1933 – Shirley Temple at only age 5 is signed to a studio contract with Fox Films
  • 1937 – The first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre
  • 1939 – Adolf Hitler blames Adolf Eichmann responsible for evictions and Jewish immigration
  • 1946 – Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
  • 1948 – State of Eire (formerly Irish Free State) declares its independence
  • 1963 – Johnny Depp was born
  • 1970 Elvis meets US President Richard Nixon in the White House – the image of this meeting is the most requested photo from the entire National Archives
  • 1975 – Madagascar adopts constitution
  • 1987 – Vladimir Titov & Musa Manarov launched
  • 1988 – Vladimir Titov & Musa Manarov return to earth with Chretien – Also, Lockerbie disaster: Pan Am Flight 103 destroyed mid air by a terrorist bomb killing all 258 on board over Scotland
  • 1991 – Soviet Union formally dissolves as 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States
  • 1995 –  The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control
  • 2016 – first Indian film to earn $300 million worldwide

It is also the First Day of Winter aka the shortest day of the year.

We need to learn from the past and not forget it.

I love this quote: “It’s said that a wise person learns from his mistakes. A wiser one learns from others’ mistakes. But the wisest person of all learns from others’s successes.” John C. Maxwell

Observe and process. Take and learn then apply to your life. The past can teach us.

Learn from it to help you be better at being the church.

May you never be on the side of discrimination and be grateful for the freedom we have in Christ.

Jesus is the reason for the season and why freedom can reign in our hearts.

Let others know the true meaning of Christmas as you strive to…

be.the.church

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3.28

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