As we think about listening to other’s lives for wisdom that guides their day, I can’t help but think of Old Crow Medicine Show’s song “I Hear Them All”, which to me reminds me of the ways in which God’s wisdom speaks through so many diverse experiences and lives.
This is an important reminder as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families, a day some rejoice, but which many Native American people lament as they remember how European immigrants took their land and have sense polluted our country. In our celebrations, for those that celebrate, we also can think of those not fully welcomed at the family table in our communities — at times, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, people of other faiths.
May this song call us back to listen for the Spirit in the experiences of all around us, so we can work to build communities where all are embraced, their stories respected, and the calls to justice and mercy each produce embraced.
Your progressive redneck preacher,