I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "whole,"
I write the songs that make the whole world sing
I write the songs of love and special things
I write the songs that make the young girls cry
I write the songs, I write the songs
(I Write the Songs by Barry Manilow)
I have watched American Idol almost since the very beginning. I started tuning in during season two and have watched every season since. Tonight the curtain was closed as American Idol said goodbye for the very last time. The song lyrics from above remind me of the many stars that have come out of this show. American Idol has been the voice for this generation of musicians. I love how tonight's finale celebrated the whole of this show.
And as I think about all those voices who have shared on the show, I am thankful for the whole of community that God placed into my life as well. Without community, I wouldn't be blessed to share my story. I wouldn't be able to know that I am enough and to know that I am indeed loved...loved for the whole of who God created me to be. Earlier this week I shared a quote from Annie F. Down's new book "Looking for Lovely"--"Your people remind you of the goodness of God and remind you what it means to finish." YES!!!!
As I celebrate the music and community in my life, I cannot help but think of one of my fave Sunday School songs "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Are you singing it along with me friends? "He's got the tiny little baby in his hands. He's got you and me baby in his hands. He's got the whole world in his hands." God created the world and everyone in it. *I wish everyone truly understood the whole of these verses and treated everyone equally.
But sadly, I know that the world is full of hatred and unfairness and even racism. It breaks my heart that we cannot treat each other equally; to treat the whole of who we all are. We are all "fearfully and wonderfully made" called and claimed by God. God sent God's son into the world and Jesus wasn't afraid to turn the world upside down. Jesus broke bread with tax collectors and sinners. Why cannot we all be kind to one another? I strive each and every day to treat the whole of who God created each of us to be. For when we are able to do that...the whole world is able to sing together and make one gorgeous harmony!
*Where my five minutes ended