Tuesday, June 15

Images and Stories of Hope




The US has been through some changes in the past couple of weeks.

First we saw the Charleston church shootings on the evening of Wednesday, June 17, 2015, which turned the country upside down by focusing attention on racism and gun control from the Democratic side and the Republican belief that it was a random, tragic event caused by the mental illness of the alleged perpetrator.

Then South Carolina governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds. The governor of Alabama also ordered the flag to be removed from the state capital. Retailers of items bearing the Confederate flag image are removing it from display and sale. Saturday morning, June 27th, 2015, Bree Newsome climbed the 30 foot flagpole to remove the Confederate flag from the SC statehouse grounds, but was arrested when she reached the ground. The flag was raised again.

On Thursday, June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6–3 that federal subsidies for health insurance premiums could be used in the 34 states which did not set up their own insurance exchanges. This will protect access to healthcare for people who need it. On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage just marriage in all fifty states.

There's a lot wrong with our country and our world these days. But I believe in hope, and this is why. People who believe, love, care, and hope are the ones that will bring healing to our world someday. Thank God for them all.


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