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As our nation continues its experimental journey of ethnicities from across the world for humanity to Love Mercy while perfecting God’s desire for us to Do Justice let us turn to scripture.
John 1:5 The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
It is likely that you are like me...In all the times I have encountered this scripture I failed to notice the words The Light are capitalized. God is The Light and worthy of being capitalized, not just in print but in and through our living.
In our current struggle against injustice, inequality, poverty, and in our quest for equity let us not be deceived. Our nation and the world is encountering undeniable darkness however, The Light remains. The truth is, The Light is within those who have accepted Him. Accordingly, we must not be guilty of allowing the perception that darkness (lowercase d) is overcoming The Light. We are responsible for not allowing the negatives to overwhelm the goodness that abounds us.
Let us demonstrate a ‘Hallelujah Anyhow’ lifestyle amidst the folly, frustrations, and faults that are constantly celebrated and elevated through media. We must continue to proclaim the goodness that overwhelmingly dominates the evil that perpetuates a faulty victory.
I am reminded of a homily from one of our daily chapel services. Dirt was placed in a clear cylinder. A little water was poured in with the dirt and kids were invited drink. Everyone declined. As more and more water was poured in, the presence of the dirt was no longer apparent and the willingness to partake increased. Finally, the presenter drank the water! The message was that dirt represented evil and water was like God’s goodness which cleanses that which is perceived to cause hurt harm and danger.
Let us do our part as we are a part of The Light and darkness has no chance of overtaking us.
Allow your Faith to be Your Fuel
As we approach Mother’s Day, I am reminded of the saying that goes like this....
To have a child is to forever have a piece of your heart walking around outside of your body.
I am also reminded that next to a mother's love the most valuable gift we receive from them are lessons. For many of us, these are lessons that endure the tests of time. They stay with us generations later and trickle down to our children and fan out to those that we come in contact with. This weekend some will be fortunate to have their mothers physically with them and others will be blanketed by the spiritual presence of their mothers.
Whether your mom is still here or has gone on ahead of you to glory you are still a piece of her heart walking around outside of her. Her lessons of the past are looking upon you and they are hoping that you are rooted in the righteous virtues she tried to instill in you.
As we move into a Mother’s Day unlike any we have ever experienced with a pandemic commanding the attention of the world let us all go back to the old landmarks of the love, lessons, and labor they sacrificed on our behalf. Let us dive into the deep well of precious memories that helped to form that which is good in us. Let us use the gifts of goodness that were grafted from loving mothers to help guide us through these uncertain and uncomfortable times.
Just as we found peace like none other when we were cradled in the bosom of our mother’s arms let us now seek solace in THE COMFORTER in this time of confusion, distrust, struggle, suffering, selfishness, and strife.
I am reminded of a line from a song my mother sang in the choir and later remixed by late greats Al Green and Aretha Franklin...
“The Lord will make a way somehow “
None of us know exactly what lies ahead of this turbulent time but just as my mother would assure her five children during troubling times, I say to all who are Believers......... The Lord will make a way out of no way.
Some of you are probably like me.
There may have been times in your life in which you undoubtedly knew that God was sending you a signal.
You may have had total certainty that HE was giving you a message and sometimes even a warning.
I have grown in my relationship with GOD to the extent that I now label those occasions as being God winks.
In fact, as time has gone on my interpretation has been enhanced.
For me God not only provides me winks, but HE also whispers in my ear giving me discernment, caution, patience, guidance and courage.
I will also admit that God not only winks, whispers, he also whips me when the wink and whisper don’t get my attention!
Given all that’s going on in our country and across the world with the pandemic I am convinced that our Lord and Savior is still in control and what we are experiencing are winks whispers and whips.
Just as the students of St Philip's, many kids are in the midst of distance-learning. I am reminded that God is the ultimate teacher he is teaching remotely, internally and constantly. Could his message be one to nudge us towards being kinder to each other respectful of our differences less of a divided humanity? Is HIS individualized instruction to you distant or is it up close and personal?
It was once said that America responds to an apparent threat. My prayer is that we will respond to the winks, and the whispers to avoid the whipping.
Some of you know my mom was a traveling gospel singer for many years.Implanted within my DNA are the lyrics from church and some of the recordings of the gospel group she sang with.
That DNA is repeatedly activated amidst times of joy and times of turbulence. Given what our environment and the world is confronted with in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic one of those songs from the past seems to be an appropriate reminder.
“I don’t feel no ways tired. I’ve come too far from where He’s brought me from. Nobody told me that the road would be easy. I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me.”
God has not brought us this far to leave us. There is much for us to learn and grow from in this time of tragedy and uncertainty. Let us allow our faith to be our fuel! He has not left us nor forsaken us.
For those who have faith …………………….. since you have it, then ACT LIKE it.