“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.🙏🏾😘
Supplement to “Letter to the Free”
— Read on theinnerroseministriesinc.wordpress.com/2019/04/04/supplement-to-letter-to-the-free/
“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
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.
“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, 😘🙏🏾🇱🇷