That Fascinating Month of June and Its News

Clouds over the city, Santa Barbara, June 30, 2015

Clouds over the city, Santa Barbara, June 30, 2015


Quite a bit happened during the month of June here in the United States:

  1. The Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner transgender reveal
  2. Rachel Dolezal, an NAACP branch president, was accused of “passing” for black
  3. A white supremacist murdered nine people at a South Carolina church prayer meeting
  4. A nationwide movement to ban the Confederate flag began in response to the murderer’s Facebook posts
  5. The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages

It was like a whirlwind. When I stopped to think about one event, another one blew in. So much was happening that I finally stopped trying to sort it out and just took it in.

I listened and I read. I cried and I prayed.

I was disturbed: So much hate filled the articles and comments that I read from people on all sides of the issues — black versus white, atheist versus believer, gay versus straight, Southern pride versus ban-the-flag.

I was encouraged: I realized that God has placed in my life people from all sides of these issues.

“God so loved the world ….”

Today, as I thought through June’s top news, I noticed something. The events had rolled out in an interesting way:

  • Jenner – person
  • Dolezal – ethnicity
  • Church murders – race
  • Confederate flag – culture
  • Court ruling – nation

Person → Ethnicity → Race → Culture → Nation

Do you see it? It’s like a build up, a stack of blocks, from one person’s declaration to an entire country’s law, all in just a few weeks.



Darla McDavid

I'm Darla, a writer of stories about family, friends, goodness, and God. I love cats, coffee, gardening, and tall stacks of books. Click here to subscribe to my blog. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. In my other life, I'm an administrative professional and a Sunday School teacher for preschoolers.

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  1. It is fascinating, Darla, especially when presented with block-building sequence. You’re a natural columnist for putting events in perspective via prayers, tears, and waiting for understanding.
    Well done.


    • Thanks, Marylin. (Sorry to have missed this comment.) It is an amazing time we’re living in. I’m thankful for the technology we have today that keeps us up to date on everything so quickly and that also gives writers so many places to share our thoughts.


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