By Blade Davis
Do you ever wonder what’s on the Father’s heart? Do you ever pause and check yourself, being sure you’re not mindlessly going about your day when the Lord could be standing behind you waiting for you to acknowledge His way? Maybe even in a direction you weren’t heading?
This last week, Awakening Fires Ministry hosted seven days of prayer, seeking the Lord for His heart for our city. As we prepared to launch the House of Prayer in Macon it became a priority to determine what He wants established in Macon. We don’t want to labor in vain. We want to follow His every step. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, we believe one major issue hindering God’s Kingdom coming to Macon is the racial division that exists in our city. It must come to an end. It WILL come to an end. God will not prosper our city until we repent for the wickedness in our hearts.
One evening last week we had an intentional prayer meeting, repenting for racism in our city. There were a number of black individuals and white individuals present, but I want to tell you about one black woman and one white woman in particular. Danna, a white woman, with beautiful vulnerability, shared about her wedding day forty-four years ago. Danna said it wasn’t common for whites to have “color” at their weddings. Even though her family’s black maid had a strong influence in her upbringing, it wasn’t acceptable for the maid to come to the wedding. In the maid’s humility, she agreed to meet Danna at another location to have their pictures made together to remember the special day.
While praying in last week’s meeting, Danna asked Shirlynn, a black woman, if she could repent to her. Danna didn’t know Shirlynn prior to that evening, but felt the Lord was going to honor the repentance. Shirlynn obliged. Danna continued, “Shirlynn, will you forgive me for not inviting you to my wedding.” Shirlynn replied, “Of course, I forgive you!” There was this sense of sweet relief, but also a sense of sobriety, knowing there is much to be done in our city and it’s not fixed with one interaction.
As I began to meditate on the magnitude to bringing real reconciliation, Danna began to share more of her story. She said that she graduated from A.L. Miller in 1970. Shirlynn very loudly responded, “I graduated from A.L. Miller in 1970!” I couldn’t believe my ears. I thought, “There is no way this is a coincidence.” While the two were not friends in high school, it quickly became obvious that they shared a past. They shared old friends and old memories. They shared in the mindlessness of segregation.
That night, Danna shared that she and Shirlynn were the last class to graduate before the Bibb County Board of Education was forced to integrate all of its schools. The picture became clear. God’s heart became clear; crystal clear. He longs for the races to be restored in our city, not just in letter, but in deed. He has given us the ministry of reconciliation, and in being reconciled to Him, we will be reconciled one to another.