Let us remember we are in the holy presence of a loving God.
Yesterday, February 10th, was my nephews birthday. He turned 6 years old. He had an epic party, that couldn’t be beat!
Shane received fantastic presents that were heartfelt from family members that know him well. My sister’s immediate family, eat a dinner fit for Kings on a Monday night,
sang a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday, and dived into a delicious cake. Today, February 11th, marks the 2nd school day of the original “Black History Week” which is
the origin of what is now recognized by the United States Federal Government, and has been since 1970, civilly commemorated as “Black History Month.”
The historian Carter G. Woodson called for Black History Week to fall on the 2nd full week of February in order to coincide with the birthdays of the two most important black and white
Americans to impact the lives of black people in the United States of America. The two men he identified in 1926 were Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln as many of you may know was born February 12th, which is tomorrow. We have no idea when Frederick Douglass was born… That is clear example of how dehumanizing slavery was and is.
As a 6 year old Frederick had no birthday to be celebrated, he was self described as cold and hungry living as a slave on the eastern shore of Maryland. Frederick Douglass believed himself to be born in the month of February in the year 1818. As a free man he celebrated his birthday on February 14th, this Friday, which marks the start of our winter break! I’m sure he had many epic parties that couldn’t be beat. Just like President Abraham Lincoln and my nephew Shane.
Let us pray.
This Black History month commemorated by the United States of America for its 50th year. We pray for pray for the knowledge, wisdom and truth of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas
and most importantly Jesus Christ to run through our veins. We pray for all the Good that comes from their lived examples and we strive to model that Good in the world we build in the future.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle… Pray for Us
Live Jesus in Our Hearts… Forever
February 11, 2020 Morning Prayer: Mark Carty (Teacher)