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Red & Yellow & Black & White

Hi! ¬†I’m Jenni Clayville.

Vince has generously invited me into his world to guest-blog, but you can usually find me over HERE at JenniClayville.com.

So… I found Vince (or he found me… I can’t remember now) through my ridiculous addiction to Twitter and I quickly realized we had a lot in common. ¬†I was the Worship Director for Student Ministries for a big church in the Portland area the past 6 years but was hired on, back in August of 2008, to be the Worship Pastor at Church at Bethany, a local church plant. ¬†Seeing the connections yet?

Anyway… somehow… in our limited interactions via the internet world, Vince gave me free reign to say whatever I wanted… RIGHT NOW… on this page. ¬†SOME may say that’s not-so-smart, but THEY are the one’s that are… uh… “not-so-smart”. ¬†It’s only because THEY don’t know how ABSOLUTELY brilliant Vince is. ¬†You can judge for yourselves.

I always have a million random thoughts running through my head.  Let me enlighten you with just ONE of my current thoughts.

Since I’m a Worship Pastor, I’m often thinking and singing through songs. ¬†Let’s take this moment to talk about Christian children’s songs. ¬†How about “Jesus Loves the Little Children”.

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
RED and YELLOW, BLACK and WHITE
All are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Sooooooo… I sang this song as a child, and can I just tell you I had no idea I was “yellow”. ¬†I’m more of a tan-olive skinned chick. ¬†How was I supposed to know?

C. Herbert Woolston (1856-1927) wrote the lyrics to this song… but if you look at the date of his life, isn’t that when Black Americans (yes… “black” because they weren’t ALL from Africa) were still fighting for freedom and when the Chinese built the Transcontinental Railroad?

I just realized this post could be taken seriously. ¬†I can assure you, that’s not my purpose in writing this. ¬†There’s actually very little about me that “serious”. ¬†It’s just a real question I have… something that floats around in my head. ¬†What do you think?

With that said:

Does your church still sing this?