The look on 17-year-old Chris Hunter’s face said it all. Shock. Pure shock.
When a member of his girlfriend’s family handed him the keys to a car as an early Christmas gift over the weekend in suburban Dallas, Chris looked like he couldn’t believe it.
His girlfriend, 16-year-old Madison Duke, posted a video of the heartwarming gesture on Twitter, where it has been liked nearly 36,000 times — but has also attracted nasty, racist, abusive comments.
Chris is black. Madison is white.
The teens have been dating for 11 months and go to high school together, according to NBC 5 in Fort Worth.
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Nearly 2018 and it never gets old that interracial relationships, especially the pairing of a black male and white female trigger evil reactions from the dominant society. Will 2018 be different? More of the same or worse? What is the direction of a nation that appears to thrive on hate?
The Lord loves to see his children give him thanks. Always keeping in proper perspective the things that God has planned for those who love him. You know as Christians it is God’s will to bless you and give you a mansion in heaven. He loves to see his children do well. You prove your belief in his will for your life when calamity hits and you still give thanks. This does not mean we do not pray when we have sorrow for help, but before we accuse God, it is always best to give thanks first.
The devil hates to see you go through something and your first response is to give thanks. I recently broke my left side mirror on my car, pulling out the garage and immediately gave God thanks for all the other wonderful blessings God has given me. I then asked my Father for another mirror that I had broken. I was delighted to find a new one on Amazon for $35 dollars that was paid for by rewards on my discover card. Came in the second day from ordering and I installed it and again I give God thanks.
Thank the Lord everyday and never hesitate to ask your Heavenly Father for what you need. This may be a small thing, but this adds up in strengthening your relationship with Jesus. After all we are all headed to the grave and a relationship with him on earth is the only way to have access with him in heaven.
All things are possible to those who believe.
Now that the election has been closed and a new chapter is beginning let us focus more upon the reaction God has with his people and that is to love him and our neighbor. We can be pleased to know that God’s position has not changed concerning sin and his position for us to pray for our leaders and this nation.
Love’s greatest expression is found in the testing soil of disagreement and division. Jesus while upon the cross, expressed this, when he said, “forgive them for they know not what they do.” Beaten and bruised Jesus demonstrated a response that gendered love.
Love is such a precious gift that when given to our neighbor can produce a magnificent power unlike any power on earth. Love never fails. Love is not prideful or boastful, rather giving until the bitter end so that all that may be used for God’s glory may be expressed.
It is easy to give thanks when someone complements you. It is easy to give thanks when you drop something and someone else picks it up. It is easy to give thanks when given the message, that you have just been promoted. Giving thanks comes natural. Giving thanks is part of the culture in which we live. Young children are taught when receiving change or a lollipop from the cashier to say “thank you.” Have you told God thank you? He also desires the cultural thank you as well. Philippians 4:6 records “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with “thanksgiving” let your requests be made known to God. Thanksgiving with my request is important. Telling the almighty you trust that he will handle your request with care and thank him because you know all things work together for the good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose. You tell God thank you because in faith you know your request is heard. Your response of “thank you” has been commanded in scripture already and also lets God know your prayer was prayed in faith. How? It is easy to give thanks when someone gives you something. You give thanks knowing you just received a gift and should we not also give God thanks knowing we just received a gift; his Son Jesus and with this relationship the ability to pray our request with thanksgiving.
Remember after you “just ask” just give thanks.