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In our household we have a saying that always follows an admission of a weaker, less informed, less compassionate time. That phrase is, "But not today."

With these three words comes gratitude for lessons learned and grace shared.

I didn't always appreciate the blessings in my life, but not today.

I didn't realize how my silence was a voice of betrayal, but not today.

These three words also bring a renewed resolve and conviction in how I will live today.

I regret admitting that until a few years ago I did not realize the weight and freedom that Juneteenth carries. I cannot begin to imagine what freedom means to someone who has lost so much and is left with nothing to cling to but freedom.

As I listen to the amazing talent of Nina Simone I cannot help but wonder how different her life would have been had she been born in the 1800s. How many brilliant, talented, grace-filled lives never had the opportunity to shine and share simply because of the color of their skin?

I invite you to listen to the powerful words of this song and allow them to saturate into whatever might be limiting your heart and mind from freedom. Allow God's grace to wash over you and refresh you. For today is a new day. Let us live and love as such.

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