Thank you all for all of your prayers that you lift up on my behalf on a daily/regular basis. I really do feel them and appreciate them and you as well. 😘😘😘
My apologies to anyone and everyone that I may have offended yesterday by not acknowledging you in passing. I sincerely wanted to connect with you however I honestly could not press through my tiredness and the stuff that I was processing internally.
God has been bringing your faces to me and impressing you on my heart; and I can still sense the hurt that I caused by the comments that you made sure that I heard. I know the comments were coming from a place of hurt. I get it!
So, the times that we really do connect are such a blessing to me beyond what could be captured in mere words. Therefore, can I ask that you continue to be patient with me? Let’s work to be more patient, kind and dare to love each other more deeply going forward. Let’s work to be slow to take offense and quick to forgive.
Listening and Doing
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
1 Peter 1:22
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.
Can we please work on those things together?
Thanks again for everything and I do wuv you all! 😘😘😘❤️🙏🏾
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
…It must be said and it must be said outright-
it is because of my deep abiding love for you ( that comes only through the grace of God) that I must continue to hold you accountable.
So please stop with your tactics to suppress me in anyway by attempting to ” handle me ” by those closest to me because I refuse to be handled. I said it before and I’ll say it again- the Lord Himself is the only One to whom I pledge my allegiance and real homage to, and therefore the only One whose opinion really counts as it pertains to me.
Holding you accountable is the primary step to aiding you in facing your real fears, insecurities and hence the ultimate step to obtaining real healing, not just for you, but for this nation and perhaps globally as well.
For far too long you have been masking your real pain -that was afflicted upon you during the initial period of colonialism – by putting on a face of faux superiority and bravado. The pain has become toxic and oppressive and the toxins are spilling over into society as a whole and here we are.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we only need only to reflect upon the events that took place over the past couple of weeks alone in order to see that I am correct.
It’s time to remove the bandaids and allow the truth to make those necessary incisions into your hearts in order to begin to peal away the layers of scar tissue.
We have become a nation and a world divided between democracy ( aka freedom/ liberty/ justice) vs autocratic ( oppressive, suppressive, regressive).
And yes I am addressing all whites because you all (from the alt- right to extreme progressives / socialists) -have a sense of faux superiority to varying degrees, that’s been instilled in you since you all came over here on the Mayflower. I am truly sorry and sincerely feel bad for the way that you were treated prior to coming here (and stripping the land from the Native Americans) as servants seeking refuge yourselves- so yes-
the oppressed have become the oppressors
However, just saying it and nodding your heads and then proceeding to do business as usual doesn’t really accomplish a darn thing. Neither does trying to promote your agenda of maintaining a faux sense of superiority by pimping out willing victims within the various sects of the POC community help us in anyway.
Real healing needs to takes place now. The truth has to initially hurt before it can set you free because of the initial incision that takes place.
It really is time to take a deep breath, ask God to give the grace and the courage to face the real man/ woman/ child in the mirror- to lead you to the journey within and perform some real heart surgery as only He can.
He really does truly love you and more importantly really understands you the best, despite all the toxic messiness that’s within.
I , (only by His grace) really do love you all too much to allow you and things to remain the same.
Let’s begin this journey of healing and reconciling together.
With much love and sincerity,
…however, there is still much more work to do!
Two of the families that were separated at the border were reunited earlier this week in Connecticut as the result of a concerted effort by the Yale Law students, CT Legal Services, Unidad Latina De Acion and many other community activists and supporters.
Although we are all celebrating these victories in terms of families slowly being reunited around the nation, there is still much work to do. We need to continue to be the loud proud voices of the voiceless.
Here are a few highlights from the press conference that was held Tuesday (July 17, 2018) at the Yale Law School.
Reunification Press Conference Yale Law School; retrieved from:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
I am starting to get the sense that the news cycle regarding the reunification of the families that were separated at the border is starting to fade.
I get that there is always a lot of new stuff to report on and to try to focus our attention on. The miraculous rescue of the Thai soccer team and their coach, the upcoming battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, the NATO Summit (and how we are constantly being misrepresented by our esteemed President domestically and globally), and the World Cup to name a few.
It could be very easy to let the reunification of the immigrant families and Immigration Reform in itself to be swept to the side- but please don’t.
As you may already know, many of the children that were separated from their parents were transported to several facilities across the country, including Connecticut.
Yesterday, I attended a local demonstration that was hosted by Unidad Latina en Accion ( a local immigration agency) and later I briefly attended a hearing regarding reunification of two of the families that were separated at the border at the Federal Courthouse Building in Bridgeport, CT. We rallied and raised our voices together as a show of support to the children and their families.
Here are some highlights…
I am sure that many other similar demonstrations and hearings are still taking place across the nation; and that’s great!
Let’s continue to raise our voices loud and proud until every family is reunited; and real human and effective changes are made regarding Immigration Reform in general.
Peace and blessings!😘🙏🏾🇱🇷
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not giveup.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”- Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens’ classic novel ” The Tale Of Two Cities” deals with a family’s experiences in London and Paris during the French Revolution. There were moments of optimism that were felt as a result of kind, compassionate and generous neighbors during a time of a lot of upheaval, and tension.
As I reflect on the #FamiliesBelongTogether” marches and protests that took place around the nation this time last week. I am still reminded of the passion that was emanating throughout the crowd, the sense of warmth and welcome that I experienced among the predominantly fellow protesters. I participated in a local event that took place in Milford, CT. Milford is a small predominantly white middle- class liberal town.
The event that I participated in was being hosted by a advocacy group ” Milford Speaks Out”. The crowd was diverse with a composition of predominantly white with a sprinkle of other backgrounds- it was a peaceful protest and everyone had something that they wanted to share, express and we were all encouraged to speak. As I was observing everything that was happening around me and listening to the various speakers, Michael Jackson’s song “Black or White” kept resonating within me and I left the protest feeling optimistic to a certain degree.
The event that I attended took place in Milford, CT which has a predominantly white middle – upper class population. My previous encounters with the residents and businesses over the years have been mostly pleasant. Needless to say that a majority of the protesters where white with a small sprinkling of POC such as myself were clearly in the minority; however- ( and this is a big however) we for the most part felt welcomed and were united for a cause that we were passionate about.
Fast forward to last night and the very cold reception with an underscore of oppressive tension that I experienced at a local urgent care facility in North Haven, CT. I felt the underlying tension from the moment that I walked in. It got to a point whereas I had to say several quick prayers during my encounter (aka visit) in order to deescalate the situation by keeping my cool while in no means patronizing the culprits ( excuse me- condescending pretentious 𝕄𝕖𝕕𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕝 staff).
North Haven is another small town in Connecticut with a predominantly white middle – class population that leans more conservatively than Milford.
Although, Milford and North Haven are in the same state; the contrast between the two cities in 2018 is as clear as the contrast between Paris and London during the French Revolution.
Needless to say that it is reflective of the contrast and the divisiveness, the contrast of love and hate that is taking place throughout our illustrious nation during a time of upheaval that is being orchestrated by our president and his supporters.
As I left the doctor’s office last night I found myself relating to the immigrants that are seeking asylum and refuge here as they try to escape the violence and oppressive conditions of the respective countries that they left behind.
I heard several stories of those being detained and have been separated from their families say that are willing to return to the very oppressive conditions that they were trying to escape rather than try to remain here in the United States under these current conditions because they felt unwelcome. I’m sure that my little encounter last night by no means can compare to the sense of shock, despair to say the least, that these families are facing and experiencing.
During my reflections the following verse also kept resonating …
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28
Therefore, being able to identify and relate more with these families as a result of my recent experiences, has only deepen my conviction to express my message of love, and welcome louder so that it overpowers their ( the president and his supporters) message of hate and oppression. I welcome and encourage you to join me in this challenge.
Let’s work together to restore the optimism that these families once felt upon deciding to embark on this journey.😘🙏🏾🇱🇷
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Perhaps the above verse or at the very least the sentiment of the above verse is what the founders of the Points of Light Foundation and President George H W Bush were trying to convey in their respective ways. People shining their lights by expressing their love towards their neighbors through acts of kindness and good deeds.
And yet as I was doing a topical study on the subject of ” Light” and was reading Psalm 36 in it’s entirety there was also a portion of this Psalm that bought our esteemed President and his base to mind. It actually shed further “light” /clarity/ insight into the situation as it pertains to them.
For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord.
I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.
Hmmm.. perhaps this is precisely what Ana Navarro was alluding to when she said that …Trump had no clue what the “thousand points of light” meant because he had so much darkness in him. ( paraphrased) ( Ana Navarro, July 6, 2018 appearance on CNN, please see link below).
I will say that I, and I am pretty sure that a great number of other people are being encouraged and uplifted when various media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS to name a few in addition to various social media platforms – are sharing messages of hope and assisting in maintaining ( if not actually restoring) belief regarding the goodness that is threaded through the hearts of people from diverse backgrounds throughout this country; via their respective humanitarian segments. Contrary to the continuous stream of rhetoric and blatant lies that comes out of this farce of an administration throughout the day; and yet he has the audacity to exclaim that the media is the “enemy of the American people”?
I can’t help but think these humanitarian segments are also displays of points of light; and that the sentiments of these displays of love via various humanitarian acts and deeds are not only at the heart of the #resistance movement(s); however it at the very heart of the sentiment that was at the core Congresswoman Maxine Waters comments the other week when she urged us to push back.
In times like these, we do indeed need to be ever mindful to push back the darkness by letting our lights so shine ever so brightly!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
I was watching the segment of W Kamau Bell’s ” United Shades Of America” the other week that he did on Alaska and the Northern Lights were mentioned. The Northern Lights ( aka Aurora ; please see link below) are a brilliant display of bright lights against the backdrop of an artic winter. I was too young to appreciate the depth of the message that was conveyed when the weekly television series ( aptly named Northern Lights) was on; however, I believe I appreciate it more now.
Can we revisit this show? Since we’re having redos in the likes of Roseanne – can we redo shows like Northern Lights and other shows with similar messages? Just saying💁🏾😜
The Northern Lights- That’s the image that comes to mind when I reflect on our lights pushing back the darkness that is trying not only trying steal our democracy, however, it’s trying to rob us of our love, joy, peace and hope. We must indeed “keep hope alive” ( Rev Jesse Jackson, The Rainbow Coalition)
Continue to push back and tell darkness we don’t want you by letting your light shine brighter and brighter!!!!
Much love, 😘🙏🏾🇱🇷
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Let me just cut to the chase.
I had a couple of inquiries within the past couple of days regarding Independence Day aka the Fourth of July Holiday from a couple of people in what I deem as a passive aggressive manner. Coincidence? I think not!💁🏾
So, just in case anyone really actually gives a hoot on where I stand regarding the holiday that just passed…
While there are people – especially POC- that are being detained in a systemic racial manner , under the “new Jim Crow laws”…(primarily the immigrant detainees who have been separated from their families and/ or those who are innocent and/ or have been prosecuted unjustly)
America – “Lady Liberty” does not represent freedom and nor equality to me.
I could not in all honesty and pure conviction celebrate such a ” holiday”.
Despite all that we are allowing to happen right now under this farce of an administration…
I still love America and I still believe that it is the best country on earth; and and I still pray God Bless America and I will continue to stand on the following verse …
“For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
and make an everlasting covenant with them. 😘🙏🏾🇱🇷
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr
2 Chronicles 20:15
He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
The threat to our democracy, our freedoms , the freedom to continue to govern as a Republic is real!
I’m primarily addressing true believers in the one true God, believers who truly love God with all their heart, soul and body, and who also love their neighbors as themselves. Those who recognize that we as true believers wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.
Those believers, the few, the proud, the remnant of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, those believers. I need you stand with me as we continue to fight this battle primarily on our knees and then take it to the streets, the halls of justice, the nations as God Himself our true commander in chief directs our steps. Our strategy comes from Him foremost after spending time in His presence
The rest of you can eavesdrop if you like…
We must resist the temptation to accept the steady stream of pure evil that comes through / out of this current administration as normalcy, as business as usual; otherwise we continue to become complacent – numb.
As a result we go about our daily lives, our daily routines in the midst of pure evil prevailing. If we stay on this trajectory , our democracy will truly be destroyed.
A prime example of this would be the hearing that took place the other day and the ensuing battle that took place between the House Intelligence Committee and the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray. This is a very clear depiction of the real battle that is taking place not only on the Hill, however, primarily literally behind the scenes ( spiritual warfare) as the battle between good and evil, righteousness vs unrighteousness, the spirit of oppression vs the spirit of liberty / freedom, deception and concealing the truth vs the Holy Spirit leading and guiding us into ALL truth.
Hopefully to the majority of us who can see this on the most basic level as one side ( with fear as being the source) attempting to prevent the whole truth from being revealed by accusing the other side of doing precisely what in fact they are doing – concealing the truth.
One clear way to discern further what is going on behind the scenes- is to apply the very definition of the love test to the matter ( matters) at hand.. love at it’s very basic core is patient and kind. In this case — the absence of patience and kindness is obvious, as displayed by the Republican leaders of the House Intelligence Committee and other Republican conservative leaders is a clear indication that they are acting out of fear, and the direct source of that fear is pure evil ( satan himself).
That’s just one prime example in the midst of several examples from recent events including the timing of Justice Kennedy’s retirement and the rush to replace him before the mid- term elections.
On the surface it does seem like the administration is trying to rebuild the Supreme Court in order to have a more ultra conservative weight going forward ( which is bad enough) ; however, if you dig deeper , you will see that the source of their motivation is steeped in the spirit of oppression, with the goal to rule in an authoritarian manner which goes against the fundamentals of our constitution which is steeped in the spirit of freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
…and the list can go on and on
Scripture tells us to add action ( work) to our faith. However, I am getting the sense that people for the most part are wanting to substitute faith with marches and rallies rather than add them to our faith which has to be built up and sustained primarily as a result of prayer and spending time in God’s presence. In doing so, as soldiers fighting in His army, not only do we get our marching orders; however, we get a refreshing , the grace needed to push through and forward with joy and vigor.
This battle is not ours, we in ourselves and through our natural resources are not equipped to fight effectively; however this battle belongs to the Lord who equips us ( His soldiers) through and with His grace as a result of prayer. I’m reminded of the passage in the Old Testament where the Lord obliterated the opposing army on behalf of His people as a result of them seeking Him first and relying on His direction and guidance via prayer, fasting and most importantly – praise – first- prior to going into battle!
2 Chronicles 20:15
He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
However, before we can even get to that point we must first ( for those among us who not already done so)… humble ourselves and pray, seek His face and turn from ( repent) from our wicked ways. As a result not only will He fight our enemies ( within and outside ) ; He will then heal our land. It starts and ends with us as believers.
Let’s continue to fight on our knees before we take it to the streets! 😘🙏🏾🇱🇷
“Look down over what you conquered and appreciate what God has bought you through .” Dr. Chadwick Boseman, 2018 Howard University ( May 27,2018)
The above quote is an excerpt from Dr. Chadwick Boseman’s very inspiring speech that he gave during the 2018 Howard University’s commencement.
As I was perusing through recent journal entries ( as part of reflection of recent lessons learned and as a source of encouragement for myself), I stumbled across this quote and the video of the speech (please see link below).
As I was reflecting on some recent national and global events – the situation at the border, the retirement of Justice Kennedy and impending nomination process, the recent ” Peace Summit” with the North Korean leader (Kim Jong -un ) , and the upcoming summit with Russian President ( Vladimir Putin) to name a few. that are affecting us as a nation. The constant barrage of newsreels can be mind blowing, mind spinning and overwhelming at times to say the least, I want to encourage others.
I realize that it’s easy to be tempted to go into despair ; however, I am hoping that you can reach deep and ask God for the grace to push onto victory. In other words , do not grow weary…
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
One month after initially viewing this speech and I’m still inspired! It contains a lot of more meat like the quote above.
It is my prayer that you will use the wisdom and inspiration etched throughout this speech; reflect on all the challenging times and the victories that has already bought us through individually and collectively as a platform to bounce off of and push forward…
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 🙏🏾😘🇱🇷
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.