Many years ago now, I heard a pastor reflecting on Jesus love for people. He said, “You know how Ray Charles had Georgia on his mind? Always singing about Georgia. Couldn’t get it off his heart. Well, just like Ray Charles had Georgia on his mind, Jesus, he had people on his mind; people on his heart.”
It’s true. His whole life, his whole ministry was given to loving people – to serving them, healing, teaching, eating with them, offering hope and forgiveness and peace, and ultimately even dying for them. It’s beautiful. Even the grave couldn’t stop his love for people. It continues today. And it extends even now – to you and me.
Let us pray: Loving God, whether we have Georgia on our minds, or Siesta Key, or Estes Park, Colorado, we trust that you have us on your mind. Thank you for loving us unconditionally. Give us today, hearts to love you, minds to know you, and wills to follow you. In Jesus name. Amen.
Curious Local Connection: Ray Charles was born into a poor family on September 23, 1930 in Albany, Georgia, though he was raised in Florida. Completely blind by the age of seven, Charles attended the Saint Augustine School of the Blind and Deaf where he began to study piano, saxophone, and clarinet. There is a beautiful statue of him in Greenville, FL that makes a sweet day trip from St Johns County and Jacksonville.