The year was 1885. Remember? No, none of us does. Crayola Crayons. Remember? Yes, each. one of us does. In 1885, two cousins founded a company in Easton, PA simply known as Binney & Smith.
In 1903 that company became known as Crayola Crayons.
In 1903 the first box of Crayola Crayons sold for 5 cents.
It contained crayons of 8 colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, black.
Over the years, the company developed over 200 colors – some of which have been retired.
In 2021 the Crayola Ultimate Crayon Case with 152 colors sells for $15. 99
Why this seemingly irrelevant historical trivia?
My observation is that today we fail to appreciate the variety of “colors” which God has created in our world. We have arrived at the unfortunate – even sinful – point of seeing only two “colors”:
- black or white
- red or blue
- “my way” or “the highway”
- rich or poor
- insider or outsider
- “right” (my) religion or your religion
- management or labor
- truth or lies
- friend or enemy
As that great theologian Pogo once said: “We have met the enemy…and he is US!”
My fervent and sincere prayer for me, and for all of us is that we may “see what God sees! Hear what God hears! Laugh where God laughs! Cry where God cries!” (Dorothy Solle). Only in that way will we change from “fight” to “civil discourse.” Only in that way will we create a more perfect nation and world. Only in that way will we progress from offering only hurt to working for hope. Only in that way will we ever move from creating death of all to creating life for all.
May we celebrate and respect the rich kaleidoscope of “colors” which God has created – each one, remember, created in God’s own image.