I'd like to begin my first Blog entry on redroom.com by first giving honor to God. If you are an African American of a certain age and background, you'll recognize the tradition of beginning public addresses with the words "first giving honor to God." It may seem quaint, but I appreciate the power of that phrase. It speaks to who we are as a community of people and to our self-understanding as individuals. There is grace in those few words. There is an ordering of our priorities, there is humility, there is recognition of our universal connections, and there is a great sense of standing on the brink of something new, prepared to expose our ideas to others who respect us enough to receive our words in a thoughtful manner.
Words matter, and it pleases me so much that five simple words are a continuing cultural hallmark of the people and place from which I come. More than this however, in all my future Blog postings, I hope that I can infuse the words, first giving honor to God, with the deepest personal commitment as I write the things that I feel compelled to share.
Causes Marsha Hansen Supports
National Autism Association
Lutheran World Relief
Abandoned Baby Center sponsored by Feed the Children