Day 34 - Beauty and Purity

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR MEDIA AND ARTS?

Philippians 4:8-9: “…whatever is pure, whatever is lovely…dwell on these things.”

In a world constantly in conflict it is hard to believe that peace is possible or that right will out. But there are signs of beauty and purity all around us that can help us believe those things.

On Sportsman Club Road on Bainbridge Island there is such a sign. Two beautiful schools stand side-by-side: Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School and Walt Woodward Middle School. They honor men of excellence, who are, in Paul’s words, “worthy of praise.” During the dark time after Pearl Harbor, Bainbridge Islanders, American citizens, were taken from their homes and sent to far away camps just because of their ancestry was Japanese American. Sonoji Sakai, a prosperous farmer, and his family were among those imprisoned.

Walt Woodward was the editor of the local paper, The Bainbridge Review, and he was a lone editorial voice on the West Coast protesting their internment as wrong and unconstitutional. Eventually Walt was proven right and in 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed a government apology to those Americans whose constitutional rights had been violated. Sonoji Sakai returned to Bainbridge after the war, rebuilt his life, and donated land at a nominal cost to the Bainbridge Island School District for the building of a new school.

Even history can be redeemed and what is pure and lovely in God and others can be seen.

REFLECTION:

  1. Where are the signs of beauty and purity in your city? Pray for them.

  2. Who in your town deserves praise today? Pray prayers of thanksgiving for them.

  3. What’s God’s heart for how the beautiful and pure things in your city are to be honored? What’s God saying about what the Church can do to honor those things/people?

Kent Chadwick Bainbridge Island, WA.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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