Everyday In America…Today Another Step Towards Salvation…

Everyday in America, we are faced with some new challenge that we have awakened due to our own self-examination…and we will continue to encounter these challenges as long as we live our lives and function in a great divide…

This journey of salvation is necessary to change the hearts of many and strengthen the hearts of those familiar with the path our entire nation must now take part in…or perish.

Today, we reached a pinnacle in the quest of salvaging our humanity, with a verdict that announced to the world that we can reach into our hearts…and uphold truth…honor our principles and values in acknowledging that everyone, regardless of color, are entitled to life…liberty…and the pursuit of happiness. God honored life in creating it…we can honor life by preserving it…it is our duty to be shepherds of life…not to discriminate and decide who has the right to live and breathe…and who doesn’t.

I experienced a sense of peace in my tears while hearing the verdict in this trial of Derek Chauvin and his taking of George Floyd’s life…for his (George’s) family…and all the other families touched and torn apart by racism so blatantly practiced by some in law enforcement uniforms… who constantly breach their oaths with impunity to “protect and serve”…as a way to exterminate and eliminate those who do not look like them… As was the case with my brother…and so many countless others through the years…and still continuing… because of the color of their skin…and their justice was not an option to ever be considered…until now.

We still have a long, long road to travel in ultimately understanding what it means to be a part of humanity and stand up for human lives…not colors…and understand that diversity is God’s gift of love to us…He sees the beauty and purpose in every human being… Can’t we?

Today’s verdict gave us a flame in the torch that we must carry forward…on our journey to salvation as a nation…and as people who belong to the human race…striving to preserve our humanity….

We….are the reflection of our salvation….

We are the flames that ignite…and light…the torch we carry forward today…

Let us use it…to light our way into every tomorrow…..

To Unlearn Hate…

Had my brother Stanley lived…today would have been his birthday…

He was killed by police while visiting relatives in Louisiana…away from his California home. He would have been 68.

I wonder, “What will it take to unlearn hate?” How can those who have come to believe that anyone who does not look like them… cannot have the same rights to life as they do? Self-appointed judges over others…will come to be judged themselves…it is Universal Law…of which there is no escape.

Another young, Black life was taken over the weekend…Daunte Wright…20 years on this earth…ended in a single gunshot. The officer said she meant to “taze” him. Why? A gun mistaken for a Taser…How could a mistake like that be made? Perhaps if violent police reactions were checked before being carried out…more lives of color would be spared…but first, they must unlearn hate…

The stereotypes…myths…resentments and hatreds must be confronted and laid to rest. The need to end Black lives by police must be addressed and given the tools necessary to bring about change and equality in the treatment of people of color.

There was no need for violence against Daunte Wright…Violence isn’t the road to compliance. It is often the road to ending a life. And ten times out of ten it is the life of the Black suspect. Justified by magnifying the victim as having an unsavory lifestyle…such as drugs…or a previous conviction record…and what of those who have no prior convictions? Something is always produced as justification for taking their lives. Mainly, for being Black.

A 26-year police veteran can’t tell the difference between a Gun and a Taser? This is going to be a long road…a chaotic road…a solemn road…whatever road is traveled…Justice…must come at the end of that road.

America is walking backward…

To Unlearn Hate…can take a lifetime…and then some…however, we must start somewhere…and it must start TODAY.

To wait until tomorrow…will be too late.

Our country can’t afford to wait…

To unlearn hate….

A Time For Balance…

A Time For Balance…

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…

Ecclesiastes 3 lays out in detail about every purpose having a season and a time.

Here is a summary…

A time to be born…

A time to die…

A time to plant…

A time to sow…

A time to kill…

A time to heal…

A time to break down…

A time to build up…

A time to weep…

A time to laugh…

A time to morn…

A time to dance…

A time to cast away stones…

A time to gather stones…

A time to embrace…

A time not to embrace…

A time to get…

A time to lose…

A time to keep…

A time to cast away…

A time to tear…

A time to mend…

A time to be silent…

A time to speak…

A time to love…

A time to hate…

A time for war…

A time for peace…

Now is the time for balance…

For all things that have been done…contrary to the order of life and environment…there will now be balance.

To continue with the lies and actions which continue to adversely affect lives…the perpetrators will know balance as a result of their transgressions…

To watch a man…murdered before our very eyes…and to use defenses such as “angry crowd interference” with an officer’s judgement… or drugs killed him… or any other ludicrous excuse in defense of the action which took George Floyd’s life…is strongly trying convince us that we did not see what we did in fact see…An officer of the law positioned with his knee firmly planted on a man of color’s neck…while he cried out that he could not breathe.  Maybe if George Floyd were allowed to live…eventually, perhaps drug use would have taken his life…instead of a knee firmly planted in his neck cutting off his ability to breathe.

Why don’t we ask for an example? Why don’t we try the same situation on someone…recreating the act itself, to position a person on top of a person…knee in neck…for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, and see if they can survive it, without any repercussion…or better yet, live to tell about it.

Become George Floyd…

Feel that knee in your neck…

Now is the time for balance…

Every day in America…we are confronted with standing up and being a country of defending liberty and justice for all… We can’t run away…hide our heads in the sand…or keep silent…

We cannot afford to fail the dream of America…

We cannot afford to sell America down the river…

We cannot afford to forfeit Freedom…

Our very souls depend on it…

A time for every purpose under heaven….

Now…..

HE IS RISEN…It’s a Brand New Day…For Humanity…

Easter Sunday is a testament to humanity…A reminder that your ticket to Heaven has been bought and paid for…through the Blood of Jesus…

Easter Sunday is the greatest testament to Love that will ever come to be…

We just need to go within…to recognize the sacrifice given…for the Love of Humanity.

Yesterday morning…I awoke to words in my heart…in gracious thanks and testament to my spiritual understanding of this great and powerful love that was given for us…and to us…Yet, we exercise such limited understanding of its meaning…and power.

There is a tremendous healing and restorative power in love…like a mustard seed…just a little love goes a long way.

Easter isn’t about dyeing eggs…luscious baskets filled with candy and little trinkets…parading around in “Easter best” or bonnets…

The meaning of Easter is the miracle of Love and the Resurrection of throwing off the flesh (the material)…and recognizing the power of the Spirit (Love) and what can be accomplished in selfless and unconditional giving of this essence and most powerful… living energy.

Christ was consistent and unwavering in His acts of Love…even with those who were perceived as His enemies…

“Forgiveness” is a most significant key in understanding the power and magic of Love…

Christ came to teach us…to show us by example…the incredible and unbelievable power…of Love.

He believed that once we understood Love…we would do greater works than He…

He Is Risen….

Can we rise?

A soul must be willing to rise…

He can and did…lead us there…Can we rise?

Let your heart guide you…

Here are the words that came to me, yesterday-morn…

IN THE NAME OF JESUS

He Said…

Come sit upon my tomb

Open up your heart…make room…

This sacrifice I make

Is your choice for commitment to take…

A vow of Love…Love…Love…

Handed down from above…(a)bove…(a)bove…

So that you can be Free…Free…Free…

Throughout E-ter-ni-ty!

He laid down His life, you see…

Given up for you and me

Stand up and praise His Name…

Your life won’t be the same…

Shout it out with joy…Exclaim

Go ahead…just say His Name…

Jesus…Jesus…JESUS!

He rescued me!

He saved my soul…blessed are we!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

Let the truth be told…
He rescued me!!!

He took me from the dark into the Light

He showed me how to win the fight…

By knowing wrong from right…

He set me Free…Free…Free!

Throughout E-ter-ni-ty!

Laid down His life…you see

Gave it up for you and me…

Stand up and praise His Name…

Never ever gonna be the same…Same…SAME!

Shout it out with Joy…Exclaim

Shout it out…there is no shame!

Shout it out, yes! Say His Name…

Jesus…Jesus…JESUS!

He rescued me…He saved my soul you see…

He came to me…Me…ME

So I could be free…Free…FREE

Throughout E-ter-ni-ty!

Laid down His life…You see

In Salvation…

For you and me…

He came to set us free…

This joy won’t let me be…

Laid down His life…

Glo-ry!!!

Laid down His life…

Saved me…

In the Name of Jesus…

In the Name of Jesus…

In the Name of Jesus…

A-men….

We can rise…if we believe…

It isn’t about following a religion…

It’s about Believing…

The “Knowing” that lives in our hearts…tells us this is truth…even if we refuse to believe.

We are here…In The Name of Love…

Christ gave up His life…In The Name of Love…

Christ is Risen…

Resurrected…In The Name of Love…

BELIEVE…

Easter Sunday is the culmination of events…resulting in the Greatest Love of All…

Yes…HE HAS RISEN…

And paved a Way…for us to follow.

Happy Easter…Happy Resurrection Day…

You are most Loved…..

Good Friday…

Today is the day observed as the day of the Crucifixion…Good Friday.

The day was reflective of the occasion….It was cold…overcast…winds whipping around corners…a snowflake or two…

One could almost say the weather was an indication of the somber event which took place a few millennium ago.

While marking the end of Lent for Christians and the 40-day fast…Christ was arrested and executed…giving his life out of love for humanity…remembered as Holy Friday…or God’s Friday….giving way to “Good Friday.”

Love…All in the name of Love…

This sacrifice for the sake of the sins of humanity…as well as His love for human kind…should give us all the more reason to love one another…

If Christ suffered and died for the sins of the world…can’t we embrace and practice the simplicity of Love?

The signs are everywhere…beginning with Good Friday….

To everything…there is a time and a season….

This is the time and season to reacquaint yourself with Love…..

All of Heaven is watching…

Let not this great sacrifice go unnoticed…

Reaffirm with God’s Friday…

Remember…and Be Blessed!

Light Of My Salvation…

Today is April 1st…April Fools…and Maundy Thursday…

Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter…It is the day that commemorates the Washing of the Feet and The Last Supper of Jesus Christ with His Disciples…

For me…it is a day to always remember the Light of My Salvation…

It is especially important to remember and to be thankful…because Holy Week, culminating with Easter Sunday is when humankind came into their everlasting Salvation…and to also remember that everyday of your life…is indeed a gift of Salvation…

Light of My Salvation

In my darkest hour

I always turn to You

because You’re always there

to see me through…

Not that I don’t have You in my thoughts

and deeds every single day…

You are truly my salvation

when sorrow comes my way…

You are my strength,

My Savior,

the essence of my being…

When I talk to You

it stops my heart from fleeing…

Thank you for opening up

Your arms to me…

Allowing me my tears…

Allowing me to be…

Opening my heart… To see…

There is no love greater…

No love sweeter…

No love more compassionate…

No love more freely given…

A love that is always there…

To fill my cup…

Light of the world…

Light of my existence…

Light of My Salvation…

Dearest God,

Thank you…

For always being here… Within me…

Without You, I know…

I would be forever lost…

In darkness…..

This April 1st…remember that there are moments filled with playing the Fool…

Let this Holy Thursday reflection…begin the road to your continued salvation….

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