Christian Health Observes Juneteenth
- Category: President's Perspective
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- Written By: Douglas A. Struyk, CPA, LNHA, Christian Health President and CEO
In our nation’s march toward liberty and justice for all, Juneteenth – now recognized by the United States – raises much-needed awareness of an important day in our nation’s history: June 19, 1865.
Observed on June 19th, Juneteenth commemorates the moment those enslaved in Texas – American citizens - received the news that they were free. It marks the end of the horrible institution of slavery in the United States, and the beginning of the generational pursuit of freedom – an arduous battle that continues even today.
Juneteenth affords all of us an opportunity to consider what so many African Americans endured unfairly and unjustly, and to recognize their fortitude to persevere and their grace to practice mountaintop levels of forgiveness. It is a day to celebrate emancipation but also a day to reflect and to educate. Each of us can honor the lifelong struggle and example of many by what the Lord has told us in the Book of Micah – “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
At Christian Health we reverently pause on Juneteenth with a humble heart, a deep observance to history, and a determined resilience for hope and God’s truth for a better tomorrow.
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.” Amos 5:24