From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

My boy David was six years old and he went to school in our small town.
He had a best friend at school named Johnny.
David often talked about Johnny.
He played with him every day, and they had lots of fun together.
One day David came home very excited.
“Mum ,” he said,
“the teacher told us today all about white people and black people.
Did you know, Mum, that there were black people in the world?
I’m white!”

I told David that, yes, I did know that there are black people in the world!
This is a true story by the way.
I also told him that his best friend Johnny was black!
Johnny was an Australian aboriginal boy,
and his skin was not brown, it was very black indeed.
As black as the midnight sky!
David said, “Is he! Is Johnny black! I didn’t know that.”
He was amazed!

Why did David say that?
I don’t really know, but I think it was because he knew Johnny so well.
David was used to Johnny and loved him as a person.
He didn’t even notice what kind of skin Johnny had, he was just his friend.
They were just two kids playing games and were so happy with each other.
They both saw the real boy, not his skin.

God made us all with skin, not fur.
We have yellow, black, red and white skin.
God made us with hair that is black, red, yellow, white or like pepper and salt!
Some people have no hair on their heads.
We have different colour eyes, blue, brown, green and honey coloured.
Some people have really black eyes.
Some people have eyes that are narrow, some have eyes that are wide open.
Some noses are tiny, some are big, some are in between.
We are thin, fat, tall, short and very tiny when we are babies.
But, we are all just people inside.

God wants us to love all people, not just those who look like ourselves.
It would be silly if ginger cats only liked other ginger cats.
Or if spotted dogs only played with other spotted dogs.
It is just as silly if white kids only like white kids, and only play with white kids.
Or if black kids only like black kids.
Remember,  Jesus came to this world to save all people.
He hasn’t got any favourite colour for people, and we shouldn’t have either.

I’m a white skinned person.
I have a small flattish nose.
I am short and round.
I have reddish coloured hair.
I have honey eyes, and freckles.
What are you like?

What was Jesus like?
He probably had brownish skin, dark hair,
and He could well have had a decent sized nose.
We don’t know how tall he was.
The Bible doesn’t tell us, so we can’t say for sure.
Jesus was a Jewish man.
He has a glorified body now.

We believers will have special bodies like His one day.
Ones that will never get sick or die.

“I will praise thee (God);
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
marvellous are thy works;” (Psalm 13914).


Racial tension is often bad in cities and towns.
It is silly and cruel to judge someone by how they look on the outside.
We can all make a difference to our appearance by keeping ourselves clean and neat, trim, and by doing the best with what God has given us in the way of looks.
But the only test of any man, woman, boy or girl is in what their hearts are like!
How honest, godly, kind and pure they are.

“O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me .
Thou (God) knowest my downsitting and mine uprising;
thou understandest my thought afar off...
and art acquainted with all my ways.” (Psalm 1391-3).

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