In the midst of turmoil, there always is something happening that if you paid attention to it, the turmoil would become insignificant. Today is Black Friday, not for any reason other than that it is the day on which businesses lose their redness and enter blackness, and profitability. Some businesses wait for the entire year so that they can justify their existence on Black Friday.
If you have ever thought of what it could mean to have your entire existence become credible in one day, or in one year, then you understand the significance of Black Friday. For disciples of Jesus, the same concept applies, because their entire existence revolves around a single event--the opening of the gates to eternity, and the return to love, to justice, and to reconciliation.
When you think of what it means to be Black, think not of the images we see on television, instead, think of the return to the core of our existence, and the reason for our being. Black is the core of who we are, it is the beingness of our humanity. When God made Adam, he was Black, and so was Eve. When God called Moses, he too was Black. When he called Elisha, he was Black. And when the Messiah came, he was Black.
A friend once said to me that if he knew that I was Black at my core, he may never have befriended me. He misunderstood my statement to mean that at least one of my parents is Black, and he is not far from the truth. However, he also misunderstood that despite his pale white skin, he also was Black at his core, having descended from Adam and Eve and their black-skinned offspring.
He may never understand how that could occur, unless he reads the account of Elisha healing a prophet of God so that he may be restored to his original Black skin. The Lord God Almighty is a God who cherishes each one of his children, but needs them to know their truest color.
The Lord God Father in Heaven, El Elohim