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As we enter into February and have been brainstorming about Black History Month, I am trying to remind myself that relying on God’s power that is outside of my control and will open me up to new ways of life that honor where God’s power lies. God’s power stands with Black History makers and earth shakers that are just as present today as in the Civil Rights Era. In claiming that Black Lives Matter, our Broadway family is ever drawing the circle wide and making sure that all have a space to name and claim God’s power as their own!


One of the scriptural messages for this week comes from Isaiah 40: 28-29,


“28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. God does not faint or grow weary; God’s understanding is unsearchable. 29 Our Creator gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.”


This passage comes at a time that reminds me that not only can support come from my friends, family, and community here at Broadway but that there is also power to be received and relied upon from God. What a radical concept! As someone who feels the pressure to take care of business, rely on my own brain power, and pull myself up from my bootstraps there is something challenging in the idea of being able to rely on power outside of my own understanding. Just beginning the process of understanding God means acknowledging that God’s power is not my own, but belongs to all who are called to do the work of loving our neighbors. And that in the midst of calling out abuses of power by the police, our government, and in our own faith journeys begins to acknowledge the movement of God’s power and strength in our world to support those who are downright weary of fighting the same battles again and again.





Paz y Salud, Jessie