Ebony and Ivory

Two little girls, of two different races, walking down the hall holding hands, that’s what I saw one morning. As I passed them, one told me (with genuine joy), “This is my sister!”

Young children are many things, but they aren’t naturally biased.

Can we all get along?

Rodney King

The apostle Paul thought so. “The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ — Galatians 5:14 (NIV). He then warned the church at Galatia that if they kept “biting and devouring” each other, they would destroy each other.

Next, he offers the solution: “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” — Galatians 5:16

Only through the power of the supernatural, by God’s grace, can we love others as well as we love ourselves.

🙏 Heavenly Father: please help us to be like those two little girls, today and every day. For, as the song says, 🎶”They’ll know we are Christians by our love.”🎶 AMEN

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash






35 responses to “Ebony and Ivory”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Sadly, this is true, Dawn. But God’s love is stronger. Even if we start with you and me, it’s a beginning. “Hate can’t drive out hate, only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
    But I do not know what it’s like to live in this country as a racial minority. Thanks for your thoughts!

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  2. Dawn Avatar

    Children are innocent. Too bad they often end up wrongly influenced by adults who don’t have the love of Jesus in their hearts.

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  3. God Still Speaks Avatar

    My favorite song from South Pacific is “I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair!” Being married for 41 years I sometimes feel like singing that, but my restraint holds me back!

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  4. scribelady Avatar

    My mother likes musicals, so one day when “South Pacific” was on tv, we watched it. I didn’t come from a family free of racial prejudice, sad to say. I guess that is why “South Pacific” affected me so much. It gave a lesson within the framework of the story. I like to think that it is one of the things God used to help me.

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  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’ve heard of South Pacfic, but have never seen the whole thing. In an early draft of this post I included the thought that bigotry must be taught. But before I hit publish I decided to leave it out. It almost goes without saying that racial prejudice (or any other kind of prejudice) is a learned behavior. I am grateful for your input! God Bless.


  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    That’s right, Brenda. Right here and right now! Thank you, and God Bless.

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  7. scribelady Avatar

    Your post reminded me of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific”, in which there are two inter-racial relationships. In one, Marine Lt. Cable falls in love with a Tonkinese woman, but realizes his family would never accept her because she is not white. The song “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”, which he sings, explains prejudice better than anything I’ve heard since. To me, “South Pacific”, (in 1958, I believe) struck a much-needed blow against prejudice.

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  8. Becoming His Tapestry Avatar

    Amen and amen 🙏🏽 we have an opportunity, right here, to love as Jesus loved

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Mandy. It’s like Pastor Pete commented, God opened up a window into to His ways, and he used two little people to do it. I’m grateful he allowed me to be there when it happened. Thank you for reading and engaging! Blessings.

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  10. Blue Collar Theologian Avatar

    Great word, David. Thank you!

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  11. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Thank you David!👍🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿


  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Mitch! If six year old’s can love each other—despite their differences—surely we can too. Even if we move the needle only a little, it’s worth the effort.

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  13. mitchteemley Avatar

    Amen, David. Not just a nice sentiment, but a challenge to make it a reality.

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  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, brother. I always am grateful for your comments. It doesn’t seem quite right until AK weighs in. No pressure, though! 😊

    Someday I hope to visit Scotland. Those rock formations at Duncansby (from your post today) will be a must see!

    God’s best to you, Susan and family.

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  15. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Excellent post David, simple but profound truth from two wee lassies.

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  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks for reading and chiming in, Gary. I bet canoe trips into the Minnesota back country blur the lines between folks as well. I plan to peruse your Unsplash photos for poetic inspiration later today. Haiku and nature shots are like hand and glove. Blessings!

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  17. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Love the story and its so common with little kids. Some things should never be outgrown.

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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    That’s exactly how it felt when the little girl spoke to me, Pete. It was like God Himself opening a window into His ways. Thanks for sharing!


  19. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Amen Dave. Such special moments are like a window into God’s heart.

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  20. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes we can! And thank you, Matt, for spending most of your time with people who are not like you—helping them to learn English and become US citizens.

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  21. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes sir, BG. 🙏Holy Spirit please help us to love people like You do!

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  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Me too, Bridget. Even is a few more of us can get along it would be a big help. Thank you for sharing!

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I appreciate your reading and commenting, Rainer. And thank YOU for feeding and helping the homeless. People who live on the street are real people too. Blessings!

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  24. jesusluvsall Avatar

    We can learn from the example of children being accepting of those who are different.

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  25. BG Avatar

    This is absolutely wonderful. When we allow the Holy Spirit to control us, we will love people as we should. Thanks David!

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  26. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    Such a beautiful picture. Children have much wisdom that we can learn from. I pray we can learn to all get along and love one another.

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  27. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    Yes, to view others with the same innocence and acceptance that we did as children would certainly go a long way in helping us all get along, especially amid this cancel culture we currently inhabit. Lots to think about in this post, David. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Me too, Barb. Walking the halls of a typical elementary I get to experience it every day. Of course, the children also have their moments. 😜


  29. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    I love how children are so accepting of others!

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  30. Sally Avatar

    Six-year-olds have great wisdom. 🤗🌼

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  31. Manu Avatar

    The purity of their hearts – may we be unbiased like those sweet little girls.

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  32. davidsdailydose Avatar

    She and her friend are both in kindergarten. Makes me want to love people like I’m six years old! Thanks, Sally. 🙏❤️

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  33. Sally Avatar

    Aww, David. This brought a tear to my eye. That little girl is wise.
    Let us keep praying for the day that we can all get along.
    This is the prayer that definitely pleases God. 🤗🌷🌼

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