America the land of the free. A land of dreams and opportunity. These are two saying I remember hearing and being taught while growing up. I was also taught to recite the Pledge of Allegiance: Ipledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justicefor all.I am saddened that I cannot hold this declaration, this pledge, to be true for America. The notion of liberty and justice for all when racism has always been in the very fabric of America, is proof that liberty and justice is not for all.
A few days ago, I was coming home from a drive-by “get well, we love you” visit for an extended family member when I saw an American flag blowing in the wind and its message captured me so I penned these words.
this is the america that I dream of.
one in which both sides come together.
harmonic differences interwoven marked by this beautiful plaid flag I was able to capture.
what is the difference that caused this to be? the difference is made by the blowing of the wind.
the wind makes.
the wind creates.
the wind transforms.
the wind moves.
the wind shifts.
come holy spirit breathe on us!
let your wind blow.
this is where justice resides.
this is where equality is held.
this is where you, all of you is cherished.
this is where the great I AM abides.
this is where i want to be.
it’s time for something new.
it’s time for a different way of being.
it’s time for a change.
loving God heart, mind, soul, and strength