Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Reflection by Duke Yaguchi
Verse 18 speaks of slaves being filled with God's spirit. In American slave history, slaves often created and sang spirituals for a variety of reasons including self-comfort. To be spirit-filled under the harshest of conditions is a testament to their faith. This verse speaks to their humanity and worth.
I have a tendency to think of the Bible as a collection of stories and parables. But two years ago (Could it really have been that long ago?), I drove to northern Georgia to witness a solar eclipse when the sun did turn dark. And more recently, I've gone out late at night to see the redness of a "blood moon". Makes me wonder.
Dear God. Let us continue to see people as people. Let us continue to see signs of Your power. Amen.