“For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery for burnt offering;
I will direct their work in truth,
And will make with them an everlasting covenant.
I got a chance to breathe a little yesterday from my studies and all. I found myself reflecting and pondering over a recent local shooting that involved Yale University Police and Hamden , CT police shooting and a young innocent couple.
Without trying to go into the details ( there still somewhat unclear to me and therefore it wouldn’t do any justice; please see link below). Although the incident occurred about a week ago, and my daughter as well as other family members, close friends and people in the streets have been trying to bring me up to speed, the impact is just now hitting me to a point where I found myself asking the Lord a lot of whys.
I heard some negative comments that were made regarding my lack of involvement regarding the protests, leading the charge, and so forth, by a few people, I figured that it was probably the consensus of a-lot of people. I was initially going to keep silent regarding a response to the remarks , however, I decided to speak up share at this time.
So, as I was reflecting and posing questions to God as to why I didn’t feel compelled to jump into action regarding this incident right after hearing about the shooting. He simply showed and explained to me that this particular assignment was not mine. There were and are still other people who were more equipped in handling this situation at this time; including a local pastor who already has established a relationship with the all parties involved, in addition to the local chapter of Black Lives Matter and some Yale University students. Everyone seems to know their respective assignment(s) and appear to be working together very nicely in order to see that justice in this situation.
God does indeed love justice, He also is the One in control whether we accept it or not; or whether we decide to acknowledge it or not. Therefore He can choose to use whoever He wills for whatever situation He seems necessary .
I honestly am not sure what else I could possibly bring to the table right now except for my support and my pledge to avail myself in whatever capacity that is needed at any given time.
My heart, thoughts and prayers are also with the two victims and their families.🙏🏾😘
“Those things are there. Now it’s just probably going to be in our face even more, and we now know we have to resolve it and be the vessel for the change”- Common
I’ve said it many times before , and I’m saying it again- that we really need to pray for the current president if for no other reason than for the greater good- to start the real healing process of the nation- the world. I really, and truly struggle with praying for him just based off of my personal real strong distaste for him; however, God is reminding me once again that it’s not about me but the Christ in me- then it’s only by His grace I am able to see the real need for real prayer coming from a real deep place that only the grace of God can evoke and sustain.
Regardless of your faith and/ or lack thereof, oppression is at the heart of all the issues that divide us and continue to cause us to hurt each other from one generation to the next.
There is a phrase in Common’s song “ Letter to the Free”
– ” We let go to free them so we can free us
America’s moment to come to Jesus“;
has never been more true and needed than at this very moment in our history. Listen to, read, and reflect on the lyrics to both Common’s and Childish Gambino’s ” Letter to the Free” and ” This is America” respectively. Although they were both released a couple of years ago – the message is still very relevant today.
Look around, listen intently to the noises in your backyard, neighborhoods, local, national and global news- the message is universal – a lot of hurting people with unresolved issues in need of real unconditional love and healing that are continuing the seemingly endless cycle of hurt.
At some point we have to stop and find the courage and strength to face the pain within, the very pain that we think that we have been successfully masking and suppressing – for some a mighty long time- so long that it feels like second nature.
People often say to lay aside the differences and instead focus on the commonalities ; one commonality that I have observed between ” Black America ” and ” White America” is that ( again this is based on my observation) – both sides are afraid of being pushed aside.
White America got a clue a few years ago that things are about to flip; according to the Census and other forecast data – people of color are about to become the majority. Some are trying to say that these reports are a lot of hype; however based on the sheer actions of a lot of them, the mere thought or possibility of the forecasts to be true is enough to cause panic and real fear. To a point of providing great incentive to put aside their political differences and stand in solidarity whenever they deem necessary on local and national challenges to their faux power – faux status quo. From their perspective they ( some) believe that they are being “invaded”. I wonder if this is Karma? 🤔
Blacks- (at least I am) are looking at every presidential candidate through the lens of who will most likely build alliances with whom (Example: Whites and Hispanics- I’ve seen this done more than once up close and personal) to push blacks out of the conversation? Who is most likely to be fair/ objective and ready to work on behalf of blacks and other POC?
In the case of white and Latino alliances being formed to push aside blacks- my most recent observation was the case in which CNN’s Alysin Camerota did a focus group ( Pulse of the People) that was supposed to be a diversified representation of independent voters in the United States.
What I found particularly interesting was that despite the fact that black female voters played significant roles in several special elections since 2016 ( namely the Alabama Senatorial election in which Black female voters turned out in large number to help Doug Nelson triumph over Roy Moore, and other key elections including the mid- terms; significant players such as Stacy Abrams) and yet not one black female was represented in her focus group. Perhaps Black female voters are not independent voters!💁🏾
AND – during a particular segment in which she featured a brief exchange / response to her question addressed to this ” focus group” that was based on their opinion of Alexandria Ocasio – Cortez (a Hispanic freshman Congresswoman from D-NY)- she made a point to show how everyone in this focus group (again that had no black female representation) was very excited about Representative Ocasio-Cortez and the prospect of her being groomed for perhaps a 2024 Presidential run.
I do not have a personal issue with Rep. Ocasio- Cortez; – I’m actually excited about the “Green New Deal” that she played a very significant role in drafting- I just take issue with any and all hidden agendas that involve pushing Blacks and others POC aside!💁🏾
Neither side wants to be pushed aside.
“Those things are there. Now it’s just probably going to be in our face even more, and we now know we have to resolve it and be the vessel for the change”- Common
Has the KKK not only infiltrated “ the white evangelicals” in America – but also the police departments and the American justice system as s whole?
This really shouldn’t come as news to anyone. I mean- if someone as naive as myself has their suspicions – then I am quite sure that others most likely have the same suspicions. I hear and see others tip toeing around the issue but no one is really calling it out. God Himselfs ordains that those things that are done in the dark must come to light. Luke 8:17For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.
I believe the reason that God Himself believes it’s time to bring what we already know deep down to the forefront because addressing this issue head on is crucial for real healing to begin.
While viewing “ A Time to Kill” the other week my theory of their (KKK) infiltration w/in the police departments was reinforced and furthermore after conducting some research. ( see below)
However, I also remember them ( the characters depicted as members of the national chapter of the Klu Klux Klan) referring to themselves as “ God-fearing men”. So it also brings me continue to ponder on the relationship and correlation between the Klu Klux Klan, “ white evangelicals” and the American political scene.
One question that I have been asking all along whenever we heard various ” dog whistle” terms such as ” white evangelicals”, and ” Americans ” ( to name just a couple) – why is there a dinstinction between ” white evangelicals” and other God fearing individuals like myself who consider themselves as ” evangelicals” ? What happened to- Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
I was deeply hurt the first couple of times that I heard this term. I experienced hurtful experiences within church services; small and large churches, confusing at the time, because in my naïveté I actually thought we ALL worshipped the same God the same way- not based on outward appearances (i.e. the color of my skin, nor my walk and station in life). 1 Samuel 16:7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ( by the grace of God I got over it and began to see it for what it really was).
So I can’t help but empathize with other American citizens, from various ethnicities and faiths ( including Latinos and Muslims who have sacrificed for the various liberties that are SUPPOSED to be afforded to every American Citizen) whenever the other dog whistle term ” American” was used as another form of dinstinction.
During my research I came across this following statement within a Miami Herald article that was written about the Klan in 1922- “Especially fascinating was the naturalization ritual in which a mass of white-robed men swore loyalty to their nation and to Christianity”(see below). Hmm, which leads me to my other question- what is the origin of this false sense of superiority? Was it birthed somewhere between their transit on the Mayflower and The Boston Tea Party? Is it overcompensation for the treatment they received as being servants themselves before their transit? Unresolved issues perhaps? Just a few questions that I’m pondering…
Here’s another interesting quote-
“In 1922, the Federal Council of Churches recorded its conviction that the rise of secret organizations “whose activities have the effect of arousing religious prejudice and racial consequences [is] fraught with grave consequences to church and society at large.”5 The resolution was aimed directly at the Klan and church members who joined the order. Yet despite the Council’s condemnation of the order, local churches continued to affiliate with the fraternity”… sound familiar? This was taking place 1922, fast forward to 2016- hmm.. ” white evangelicals” who have publicly endorsed a certain candidate ( heck I’ll say it- Donald Trump) who not only spews off racist remarks on a regular basis , however he also has ties with KKK leaders who have also announced their candidacy for public office.
However, there is one big difference between 1922 and present day- people stood up to denounce the Klan then; especially their religion affiliation; – “Anti-Klan lecturer and author W.C. Witcher denounced the Klan’s claims to 100% Americanism, Christianity and lawfulness.” A former Klansman Henry Fry also denounced the Klan back then – and declared ” their brand of Christianity to be false and blasphemous”. This particular article went onto state that- “Witcher and Fry were examples of Protestant Christians who denounced the order for religious reasons, but African Americans, Catholics, Jews, politicians (at local and national levels), Congress, businessmen, editors and many others also reviled the order for its aggressive stance on race and nation.”
So my final question for the time being is this- where are the denouncers today?
It brings me to my firm belief that healing has to begin in the church ( within the Body of Christ) first before it can take place in the nation and abroad.
2 Chronicles 7:14-15
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. * wicked ways- racism, killing, stealing, destroying, lying, deceiving, manipulation ( right up there with sexual immorality )- just saying…
May the God of all Grace continue to lead and guide us all into ALL truth…
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
May God Bless America!🇱🇷
Citations for this post
2 “Klansmen Conduct Weird Ceremonials While Throng Watches in Wonderment,” The Miami Herald, 12:75, (February 8, 1922), 1, 8.
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Dear members of the network family who are up this early and already playing games; I’m guessing that the “celebration” yesterday didn’t really occur- thus all the times that I actually did come down (in an effort to meet my honey half way) were all based on more trickery.
Also thank you and your friends so much for confirming your association with the Rev. – which is why I really did not like his plan in the first place since it was totally outside of God’s actual vision. It was tied moreso to Mike’s plot to pounce on @common and myself if we ever
connected downstairs especially “outside”. Therefore last night was not a total waste after all. And the vulgarity being spewed at me now is only further confirmation. Y’all ( including Mike who I know is still with you) have a blessed day now! 🙏🏾😘
Oh yeah, the officer Kevin was really beginning to become a suspect as well because you guys just seemed too familiar.therefore no way was I ever coming down and getting in a car with him.This is why the Lord Himself gave me the vision and the plan to have @common being escorted to door. Quick question- does that mean that the security ” helicopter that was supposed to be protecting me” the whole time was one of yours as well?
This is why it is always best to “obey God rather than man” Acts 5:29!
Good morning everyone, I was just awaken by some who seem deeply offended by something that I apparently wrote. It seems like Michael Lawrence Floyd and his crew are up to their immature tactics once again,
and have sent something out from my hacked account that has deeply offended a lot of people who reside locally in the Greater New Haven area. I don’t know the exact contents of the post that was shared but knowing the source itself – I can only imagine.
Please accept my sincerest apologies for anything and everything that was said. New Haven is and always will be my beloved home with lots of beloved memories. In the meantime, if you happen to stumble upon this particular post in question please forward it to me.
Again, please accept my humble apologies , feel free to stop me on the streets and share whatever thoughts, feelings, and opinions. Most of you know by now that I am approachable,
I just ask that you do it all with respect and with some love thrown in whenever possible! 😜 Peace, love and blessings🙏🏾😘❤️
Warmest best, Gail
Supplement to “Letter to the Free”
— Read on theinnerroseministriesinc.wordpress.com/2019/04/04/supplement-to-letter-to-the-free/
As I reflect on the case , especially the outcome, I am recalling severally inferences that were made this morning on CNN’s New Day with Alisyn Camerota and John Berman that Mr. Smollett received the outcome that he did because of his celebrity status.
So as I am reflecting on this I keep having this one constant flashback of another situation that hits closer to home. I had a personal relationship with a fellow by the name of Micheal Lawrence Floyd in whom I cared deeply for at one point in my life. There were times recently where we tried to pick up and make something work between the two of us to no avail, primarily due to deception and infidelities.
I have often heard on several occasions ( of course in a passive / aggressive manner) that my ability to easily forgive the person who currently has my heart ( Common) of his several acts of indiscretion and not Michael is because of his (Common’s) celebrity status. I heard these same inferences in the most subtle yet clear way this morning as well via a couple of guests who were invited by CNN to speak on the Jussie Smollett case.
I would like to take a minute or two to clarify for those who may actually care. The Lord began providing insights into Mr. Floyd and his connections back in January of 2017; it was hard to accept at first however nevertheless facts don’t change whether I accept them or not.
On the other hand , the Lord began seriously dealing with me about Common around April , 2018. The two men are vastly different and the two situations are vastly different. Neither one of them are perfect; and I was sincerely willing to stand by Mr. Floyd’s side unconditionally and be there for him for the longest until the whole picture and scenario started becoming clear especially the deception.
One has a preordained lifetime clause attached to it and the other was only meant to be temporary. One and only one has been willing to consistently provide protection for me when no one else would. Celebrity status has nothing to do with it – only the center of God’s will.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 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,
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
What the Mayor, the Police and the Prosecutor Had to Say After the Jussie Smollett Charges Were Dropped
— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/03/26/us/jussie-smollett-rahm-emanuel-chicago-police.amp.html
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.