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The Hoodie Dads Get Real About Racism – Day 1

A topic that caught my attention as I was checking out available dad devotionals. I still remember that school multi-cultural exchange from my small hometown of Timmins and the family I was paired up with who had moved from South Africa to Toronto to escape apartheid which I at the time didn’t know much about but by the end of that week I was ready to go out on the streets and protest with them. Coming from a small city of about 45K people and going to Toronto which had more than 3M people, was an incredible experience. I so appreciated getting to live with, go to school with, and hang out with the family. I learned more about racial injustice than I could have ever asked or imagined and I will never forget it as it changed my mind and heart because I have been someone who is embracing and loving and to learn about such things for lack of a better word ticked me off. Years later, my dad and I were back in Toronto together and there was an anti-apartheid demonstration I said to my dad, I wonder if my friend would be there, and as the group walked by I saw him and we smiled, hugged, and he continued on the march.

Racism is real. It hurts. Yes, many things have gotten better, and yet for others it seems to continue. So when I saw today’s devotional and its description, I thought what a great topic to consider and discuss from a dad’s perspective.

Scripture for Today’s Devotional:

‘ Who can discern his lapses and errors? Clear me from hidden [and unconscious] faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then shall I be blameless, and I shall be innocent and clear of great transgression.’

Psalm 19:12-13

‘ I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.’

Psalm 139:14

‘ So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. [Col. 3:9, 10; James 3:8, 9.]’

Genesis 1:27

‘ Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. [Exod. 33:12; Isa. 49:1, 5; Rom. 8:29.]’

Jeremiah 1:5

‘ For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.’

Jeremiah 29:11

God’s Word is alive, powerful, and unchanging! God’s character is good, is love, is trustworthy!

Let’s be the dads who turn to God for wisdom, discernment, instruction, and direction so that know when we have missed the mark and can ask for forgiveness and work through the process of reconciliation! Let’s be the dads who lean on God in hopes to avoid falling into sin and temptation! Let’s be the dads who receive Jesus, listen, and obey what the Holy Spirit tells us to keep us walking in alignment with God’s will and plan for our lives! Let’s be the dads who celebrate God’s creative ability! Let’s be the dads who celebrate God who lean in and are filled with God’s Spirit so that we are aware and know His goodness and direction! Let’s be the dads who realize and demonstrate that all of humanity has been created in God’s image! Let’s be the dads who realize and demonstrate that all humanity is valued and loved by God as He created us all in His image! Let’s be the dads who realize and express how God created us all on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose! Let’s be the dads who grab hold of God’s Word and how “Before God shaped us in the womb, He knew all about us. Before we saw the light of day, He had holy plans for us”! Let’s be the dads who grab hold of God’s plan and purpose for our lives! Let’s be the dads who grab hold of His plan to give us hope and a future! Let’s be the dads who grab hold of His plan that is good for us!

Today’s devotional has been provided to us by Elevation Church!

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

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Takeaways from Today’s Devotionals:
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Today’s devotional kicks off with a short video that I would recommend watching before proceeding.

Hoodie Dads Get Real About Racism Day 1 | Elevation YTH
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