Last weekend my daughter
and I attended a retreat along with other women from three Presbyteries in our central region. We gathered together for
bible study, fellowship, fun, and of course, good food!
The retreat took us on a trip around the world, where we explored “Gods
Wonder Full World”. Through God’s word, we discovered the uniqueness of each continent and its people. And, as we “travelled”, we experienced the
beauty in the creativity God has provided in everything He created for us, from the flowers and trees to all the different animals; each unique to every
continent and valuable to each other.
Being raised in the Army, then living in a multi cultural neighborhood in
New Jersey, I have always been exposed to the many different traditions and
customs of people. Growing up we never thought of someone as being different. I was blessed to have known Native Americans, African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Japanese, Koreans, Italians, Polish, and Jewish people. I am definitely the better person for having known each and every one.
Our country is a melting pot of many different nationalities; our heritage
is as different as the sun is to the moon. And we are not perfect. Mistakes
have been made over the years but they are being corrected as we each embrace our diverse heritages and appreciate how our diverseness made this country great.
At the end of our retreat, we were given this poem I would like to share
Just A Box of Crayons
But no one knows quite why. “We are a box of crayons That really doesn’t get along” Said Blue to all the others. “Something here is wrong!” Well, I bought that box of crayons And took it home with me And laid out all the crayons So the crayons could all see They watched me as I colored With Red and Blue and Green And Black and White and Orange And every color in between. They watched as Green became the grass And blue became the sky. The yellow sun was shining bright On White Clouds drifting by. Colors changing as they touched, Becoming something new. They watched me as I colored. They watched till I was through. And when I‘d finally finished I began to walk away. And as I did the Crayon Box had something more to say….. “I do like Red!” said the Yellow And Green said, “So do I!” And Blue you are terrific! “So high up in the sky.” “We are a Box of Crayons Each of us unique, But when we get together The picture is complete” — written by Shane De Rolf
When we all work together combining our colors and talents that God has
given us, our world will indeed be a complete colorful picture of what God has