John 10:16-18 A Rainbow Shepherd

John 10:16-18

16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

Josephine Baker  (3 June 1906–12 April 1975) practiced her own gospel, the good news of sharing love”. She is not talked about during Black History month mostly because she gave up her American citizenship, and black history really focuses on Black Americans, but the people of European countries loved her. Her mother was poor and they spent many times homeless. At 15, she went to New York and became an entertainer, and with her natural talents, she earned and gained more opportunities. The people of Paris, France really loved Josephine Baker’s entertaining talents so they embraced her and her career was growing. In 1929 Baker became the first African American to travel to Yugoslavia and performed. Even if her name is not part of mainstream conversation, other historical characters of her time knew her. Ernest Hemingway called her “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw. In 1937 she married a French man, became a French citizen, and did not want to be an American anymore. She began her own civil rights movement with children of all races, religions, and cultures. She used her wealth to adopt children, and with her children of different races,  ethnicities, and religions she called her family the rainbow tribe. Josephine  loved her rainbow tribe her famous saying was “Children of different ethnicities and religions could still be brothers.” Everywhere she traveled, she took her children with her. Josephine Baker’s civil rights movement, started with young children, since hate is taught at home, she teach children to love all and everyone before the stubbornness of hate is planted inside a child’s heart. Baker raised two daughters, French-born Marianne and Moroccan-born Stellina, and 10 sons, Korean-born Jeannot (or Janot), Japanese-born Akio, Colombian-born Luis, Finnish-born Jari (now Jarry), French-born Jean-Claude and Noël, Israeli-born Moïse, Algerian-born Brahim, Ivorian-born Koffi, and Venezuelan-born Mara. Her personal love life was not so successful, she had a couple of marriages that didn’t work out, so her children were really the love of her life. Josephine wasn’t really religious, but even good people still exist, even if they don’t worship the good shepherd, Jesus even said the evil world has good fathers and mothers, and that is what Josephine Baker did, she shepherds, little children, and gave them a loving home and family. Many people ask the Lord for help, nothing wrong with that, some people ask the church, nothing wrong with that either, some people ask the government, but does anyone do anything for others themselves? Are you and I good shepherds to our community, do we show the children of the world that they are loved? Don’t want others to do the job, be Jesus to others and good shepherd to all made in the Lord’s image. Some people only focus on themselves or people of the same race, religion, gender, or ethnic group, but the commandment of love teaches that love is universal. May the Lord bless you. God loves you, and so do I. His bondservant, Samuel Head

Luke 11:13  So if you, despite being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

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