In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday my church asked a few of our church family to share about how Dr. King’s sacrifice has inspired and impacted them directly. It was a gentle reminder that I have so much to be grateful for. I was overwhelmed with gratitude. This time, it went beyond Dr. King and directly to God for what He did through Dr. King, my grandparents and the oceans of people that lived through the civil rights movement. It made me think about the freedom that I have to worship in the same room as people from a myriad of cultures. I have the immense privilege of serving alongside some pretty incredible people and my heritage only makes my experience richer. I sit at tables and have conversations with people that are interested in my point of view and value it. My skin and the culture it represents have been respected and as time goes on I grow fonder of God’s decision to create me as a woman with profound roots, a rich heritage and a beautiful culture. 

Today

I am grateful.