Commentary On Racism

In light of the senseless deaths of African American people at the hands of law enforcement officers, there should be greater background checks on recruits as well as mental fitness screenings. If a police officer is racist and mentally unfit that makes things worse and everyone is less safe. Racism is problem enough but adding people who are licensed to carry a firearm and are trained to subdue a human being is like adding gasoline to a fire. The stress of the job can bring out the worst in people and no one is safe when that happens.

Also living in fear of one another is hurting our society in so many ways. God said fear not and to love one another. The church should play a role in emphasizing that more than they do. My friends a reckoning is coming, and it might not be good for all of us.

The Thing About: Stories

We all have a story to tell. Our lives are happening in real time and that is a tale indeed worth sharing. I am thinking about those who’s lives have been impacted by life-changing events as of late. People have altered their existence because of the pandemic where their routines and usual things have been changed.

Some have lost their lives in one way or another. Their story must be told and their memory must live on. It’s the way to keep those people alive.

Our witness to the events of the day is what will be written in history books. Our story is taking place among the larger events of our time. Our reaction to those events is also a part of that narrative.

Just think about those who have witnessed the biggest events in history. All we have is their account of what happened. As a believer I have a faith story which is happening at the same time as my life story and my life is happening at the same time as others around me. It’s interesting how when you change your focus you can see all the stuff going on around you and how we react is a story in and of itself.

Technology has given us amazing ways to tell our stories. From blogging, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Tik Tok and of course self-publishing books and the like we have the opportunity to chronicle our lives and share what we hope will be something that will inspire and influence others.

My friends, tell your story. Show the world who you are, where you have been and where you hope to go.

The Future Is Now With The Youth Of Today

Like many in the faith, community worship has been done online in this time of Covid-19. My church’s service this morning which was recorded and streamed on YouTube featured our high school seniors who are graduating and going on to their next chapter in life, college. These seniors talked about their life experiences as it relates to their faith. We also had other kids who read scripture and prayers who will have their own recognitions in the future.

Last night I heard former U.S. President Barack Obama speak and he charged the youth of today to claim their leadership role and to do their best in the process. His speech was not about him but the students who have been through a lot in their lives.

Just think about it. These young people have seen and experienced events like 9/11, natural disasters, war, and now Coronavirus. To have their proms and graduation ceremonies canceled isn’t fair but they have taken it in stride. Through their lives, they have been trained for this moment in time. It is safe to say they will face this challenge with resolve and perhaps it’s preparing even further for the road ahead.

I choose to believe that my higher power (I call him/her God) is with each of us in these days we are in. Maybe those young adults who are graduating can teach us all a thing or two. Perhaps we just need to follow their lead. Being teachable and flexible will make life better for all. The future is in the next minute and its time to realize that our young are going to make things happen. 

Fourteen Years With WordPress

Wow it’s been fourteen years. I haven’t been blogging regularly here for that long it’s only been six since I migrated to WordPress.com as my new blogging home. I thank all those who have followed me over the years. I hope I haven’t bored any of you to tears yet. Here’s to many more posts.

Sonic Saturday – Dionne Farris: Passion

For today’s Sonic Saturday I am serving up some 1990’s groove. Passion by Dionne Farris is one of those songs that has some killer vocals with some great guitar rifts with tight bass lines. Her voice is pure soul and power.

My Heart Is Troubled And It’s OK

Let your heart not be troubled is something I hear from the scripture of my faith. However I have to admit right now my heart is troubled. With all that is happening in the world I cannot help it. So much is going on that gives me concern. There are lots of situations that give us great concern.

There are times that its easier to not let my heart and soul be troubled. In these days I am trying to keep the faith but its easier said than done. No matter ones faith there will be days of calm and days of chaos.

Just because my heart is troubled doesn’t mean I have a lack of resolve and confidence in my higher power. It’s very human to feel unsure when things like a pandemic is going on. Everything has turned upside down and no one knows when things will be safe again.

My heart is also troubled about racism when an African American is gunned down in a neighborhood or on the streets, LGBTQ people are discriminated against, transgender people are murdered just for wanting to live their truth, poor people are having to figure out where their next meal comes from, unemployed people are missing paychecks and benefits that keep them going. Death of loved ones who you thought would be with you forever. There are so many more things to be troubled about too that the list would go on and on.

Having a troubled heart is a very human thing. It’s appropriate in times like this to comfort one another as best we can given the era of social distancing. My friends let your heart be troubled but also let your heart have courage too. You can have both which is a very human experience.

Thanks to Deacon John for your homily this morning which inspired this post.