Text: Matthew 7:12; 22:34-40
There are those moments in life and in the world when you can feel the tide shifting and you know that something significant is happening. History provides us with insight into those moments. Take for instance World War II. Young boys left the safety and security of home and return changed men, the secrets of war locked deep in their hearts-their lives changed forever. Life for women also shifted significantly during that time. They, too, stepped into new roles and responsibilities, becoming protectors and providers of home and family in unfamiliar ways. The early 40’s was a time of growing awareness that life had shifted and it would never be the same again. The Great Depression is another of those moments in American history. For those who lived through that time, they knew that life was shifting, that their world was changing, and that there would be no returning the old way of life. As a child and young adult, I listened to my great grandmother and all four of my grandparents talk about how that experience changed and shaped their lives in profound ways. Living through those difficult days made them different people and their world a different world, and they knew it. The Civil Rights movement is yet another of those defining moments in American history where, for those who lived through it, people could feel that the world was shifting-that old ways of thinking and acting no longer fit.