Why stop the caravan

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They are coming and we are scared! That’s what they say! They are illegal and they are coming to take what we have and leave us in despair. This is the talking point we hear every day and I ask myself why. How can one become illegal when they have not crossed our borders and are still thousands of miles away? It seems we are living in fear and misguided assumptions without knowing the truth of the matter realizing we have nothing to worry about. Who would believe that a nation with such military might would be afraid of a few thousand immigrants without bombs and guns. It is a shame and down right absurd. We should be afraid of our own who is killing children in schools and night clubs and other social gatherings. This is just like telling your teacher that the dog eat your homework so it prevented you from turning it in. It seems to me that the one who is spreading these false messages needs to take a class in diplomacy and human behavior.

When does one become illegal and what is the definition? To be illegal is to be prohibited by law or acceptable rules. This means that if the parties involved is not being prevented by law because they have not broken any rules then they should be classified as something or someone else. Who wants to be bamboozled into fear of people seeking for a better life for themselves and their family? No one, therefore, the argument set forth does not stand and have no relevance unless a crime is committed. Wasting resources and setting a trend that is beyond disgraceful is not something we all should tolerate. People have a right to freedom, justice and peace. When those basic rights are taken, they have the rights to ask for protection from those they deemed able to help. Sadly big brother is burying its head in the sand of time; only history will recall the moments missed when we could have help in curbing this exodus.

We must not forget that we are all emigrants who came here seeking for a better life for ourselves and our family. It does not matter if you are white, black, brown or any other color we all have one thing in common. It is time we wake up and see what is happening amongst us, we can’t rely on the words of a few to lead us into what they wants us to believe; we are living in an era of enlightenment; information travelers far and wide with digital speed. We can’t be fooled so stop the bamboozling!

In a country and in any nation we all need immigrants to help build our economy and our infrastructure. There are things that are done by immigrants that would not get done by nationals for what ever reasons. Therefore we should be grateful to accept those who are willing to put their lives on the line, fleeing violence and want a better life for themselves. Where is the compassion and the freedom and liberty that was given to you when it was needed most? It is time to stop look and listen to the silent cries of the disenfranchised. We are a people of compassion. Just like the chickens runs to their mother for coverage in times of need these folks are looking for covering trying to save a generation from misdeeds. The clock is ticking while a nation holds its breath waiting to see what will happen. We must not forget those being held in cages. Those taken from mothers separated without reason.

Even in the day of old immigrants were given a chance to work amongst the citizens. They were the hardest workers who sacrificed everything for a better life for themselves; it is not different today. They are not coming to kill and take away, they are contributors whose resources make this nation great. The tide is turning and believe me there will be seasons of regret the way we treat strangers in times of need. The word is, I was hungry and you feed me. I was destitute and you clothe me; I was in prison and sick and you help me. Where has all the love gone? We must let freedom ring from shore to shore. Freedom that brings hope to the hopeless and peace of mind to the disenfranchised. Let us not sit in silence but get up and stand up for our rights. The time is now; will you help?

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The power of kindness

It is not difficult to think of ways to return favors. Today we sow seeds of kindness tomorrow we reap kindness and favor in return. This idea is not difficult but in today’s world it stands out when someone takes up the challenge and give or do a good deed in return for nothing. This is because the world we live in seems to be on a collision course with itself. The world would be a much better place if we would stop to consider others. The good book says, “Cast your dread upon the water and after many days it will come back to you.” Considering the season we are in, it is time to spread hope to the hopeless and give to those in need. Love will find a way!

As I look at two contrasting event that took place recently, is leaves me in despair on one hand and courage, hope and optimism on the other. It seems so simple to do the right thing but yet we are succumb by the wrong. No wonder Paul says, “The good I would I do not, and the evil that I would not that I do.” Thinking about it can be painful because we all have good intentions but sometimes they turn out wrong! Just a few weeks ago we were all stunned by the event of the storms that passed through our state. It seems for some all hope was lost. We looked at the devastation and wonder what’s next? However, we never forgot who was in control. Time has passed and those moments are slowly fading from our minds but there are those who have to face those consequences each day hoping that they can rebuild the things they have lost.

Just when the light of kindness seems to have faded, there was one who still remembered and was compassionate enough to do something about it. We heard it on the news; one man gave up his business establishment to help in accommodating those in need of help. That is commendable! It also triggers other responses. This jester of love touches our hearts and causes us to think of love on another level. In a nation where hate and bigotry is thriving, love shines through. Inspite of what we tell ourselves, we see hope and love shining through moments of despair. Thank God he is still in control of the affairs of man! Let us raise our hearts to the state of consciousness and give a shout-out and thank you to those who lend a hand in some way to make life better for those in need. We thank you for your kindness and dedication!

We will not put too much emphasis on the negative because this is the season for rejoicing, a season of hope and renewal. As we come together to celebrate this “Thanksgiving” season we must not get entangled and lose sight of the reason we give thanks. It is not the time when we rush to shoppe for things we don’t even need but a time to stop in consideration of how far we have come and what God has done for us. Many started the year on a bright note but today they are no more. For others it is just constant trouble and disasters but we will remember the name of the Lord. For in Him we live and move and have our being. We are his offspring! Happy thanksgiving!!

Affirmation

Affirmation is a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oat. It is the act of affirming, asserting or stating something. Sometimes this could be positive or negative depending or the reasoning for the affirmation. However in the true sense I would look at affirmation in it’s simplest form of giving credibility to something or someone. To be affirmative is to give positive connotations; bring a cense of good will to the recipient.

We live in a society where it is easy talk negative and seek to pull down each other over the simplest of things. No wonder we fail as leaders even when we are trying our best to make good on our promises of not following the status quo; carving a path of our own while leading the way with honesty dignity and respect. Instead of always looking at the negatives we should spend some time with affirmation. It is good to be affirmed especially when you need it most. When you are in a situation that causes you to the think that you are all alone and no one cares. Just a kind word of encouragement would be a gesture that would make a difference and help in setting someone ablaze with possibilities helping to motivate and inspire them to greatness. When you affirms you give confidence to the one who is being affirmed. This might be the moment when you help to turn the tide breaking the bonds of destruction from their paths. Many great souls die for lack of affirmation and encouragement, they turn away slowly in despair not hearing words to lift their spirits.

Recently I was challenged by the story of a woman. She displayed strength in moments of hopelessness. A nation was under siege. It was a time when everyone was looking for leadership that was seemingly no where to be found. She was a one of a kind woman who inspite of being a wife did not seek to put herself first but but seek guidance in leading a nation being a judge. By now you would have guessed the name but just in case you are still wondering, her name was Deborah. She was not afraid to speak the truth while guiding a man who was complacent and unwilling to take up the challenge with the courage to defend a nation. She was a mother in Israel who would go to all lengths making sure her people was delivered from the evil and bondage of their oppressors.

Speaking the truth over and giving confidence to who you are and what you can become. Although she could have taken charge of the situation, she called on the man to wake up and see the indignity of the moment. He did not have the courage to go alone, he was motivated by a woman who was a tower of strength a trail blazer for justice. Her affirmation caused freedom to come to a people in distress.

Today we ask, are there any who would guide us while setting the paste for guidance and freedom. It is strange how we seek to tear down those who are trying their best to bring change while motivating others to greatness! Just a little affirmation will go a long way in turning the tide while blowing a breath of fresh air to our present situation. “Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes.”

At this present moment we need an affirmer, one who doesn’t use his office to tear down and belittle but one who is a great motivator for good. It seems we have fallen to a low that will be difficult to recover from. In a moment of distress and chaos we need someone to light the lamp of dignity, triumph and honor. We need to raise the standard and raise it boldly awakening the future generation to greatness in the place of despair. Give us the affirmation and encouragement we need to last a generation. How will we look back at this moment in history? How do we want to be remembered? If we count the cost, we would be setting good examples for the youths to follow!

A storm is coming, prepare for the turbulence

It is not even a year since we all experienced the tragedies that spread across our state and many a distant shores. Indeed many are still trying to come to terms with the experiences while coping with the everyday challenges. The stresses and strains are still being felt even as we remember those moments of fear. However, inspite of the feeling of dismay and disappointment, we are determined to conquer the storms of life that is heading our way. When a storm is eminent there are preparations to be made. However, if we delay and procrastinate the dangers we face will overtake us and the chances are, it will be hard to recover form the disaster. We can’t afford to sit around and wait hoping it will pass us by without any effect. Those who are prepared fare the best and live to tell the tales but those who are simple minded and unconcerned will always be left digging from the rubble of despair wondering why didn’t I do the right thing when there was time!

It might seems insignificant at the moment but we are facing a storm of epic proportion. It is not just a storm that will leave us paralyzed at the moment but the affect will eat away the very core of who we are and what we stand for as a nation. Just like a silent killer it is blowing strange wind from directions unknown and places unforeseen. We may be in the eye of the storm but be prepared for the moment the eye passes. I have been there and experienced it. I will tell you the truth it is a moment you don’t want to encounter. We hear the turbulence and see the shaking of the reeds and the sudden calm but pays no attention to the warning signs. Nature is warning and is in an uproar because it knows the changing of times and the season we are in. However, we have become numb in our feelings and perception. Please wake up and give attention as the storm closes in. Many will fall, exhausted by the lack of foresight; failing to stop look and listen to the warning signs.

I write of the things I see as a contribution and a voice that might not be heard but the question that is being asked: Can one man make a difference, can one voice change the course of history? This is a question that we have to answer individually. We have the power to change the world one person at a time. We have to make the move and take on the challenges for change. Looking throughout history we have seen the power of one who left a lasting impact on generations. May I say that we are in the era of change where civility and morality has been thrown out of the door; replaced with ignorance and immaturity even in high places. The time has come for us as individuals to accept our role in society and take a bold stand that sends a message to those in authority; we will not be held hostage by your reckless behavior. It’s time for a change. The storm is coming; it’s time for caution. Let’s fan the flame of civility and justice: show the leaders that no one is an island. When we come together we can change the course of history and make this world a better place for all humanity.

The forces of nature is not about to wait neither should we. Let’s get rid of toxicity and leave a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren. Something that can be cherished for generations. With the storms that are brewing, let’s go find a safe haven where we will be able to find refuge securing the minds of a new generation who has no concept of what is happening. Protect their minds from the recklessness and insolence of the rich and powerful who cares nothing about the disasters their actions create. It’s time to run for cover; the storm is with us and it is time for change!

Strangers in the land

More than four thousand years have passed since we heard of the story of a people displaced and their return into the land of promise. Since then things have evolved. However, strange things have set the tone for humanity to repeat the dark and dismal days of those unfortunate incidences. The moments in time when unrest and chaos ruled the nations in a world of turmoil and distress is upon us. No one seems to have recognized the trends that is leading us back to a place where tyrant once ruled. They were strangers in the land hoping for a new day and a new beginning. So many had hope for a brighter future apart from the hardship and turmoils they endured. Their displacement and feeling of despondency caused them to lose hope. The hope for a brighter tomorrow was clouded in despair. It seemed there was no way out of the traps which held them bound. However, as strangers they had a promise of new beginning.

As a people we have endured over four hundred years of slavery; the burden of injustice tried to break our spirit yet we live on. We were beaten and humiliated, families torn apart but just like dust we rose up from the trenches of anguish and despair; we bored the sorrow and pain hoping for change. Taken from the bottom of ships and sold to the highest bidder yet we live on. Where is the promise of sunshine, the light at the end of the tunnel? Those who profit from our misery are still enjoying the fruits of their ancestors while denying us a place and a purpose for us to grow unhindered. Time has crept up on us yet the dark voices of slavery is crying out from yonder graves; it’s a cry for freedom, a cry for a place we can turn to so that we will no more be strangers in the land of liberty a monument of hope placed on our shores. There are moments it seems we have cross the threshold of time but the cycle has never been broken and so we are here at the junction of injustice crying for mercy to capture us and set us free from the pain. Look at what we have done, look at where we are; we are at the precipice of extinction waiting to be rescued. We run for our lives from our tormentors yet shot from behind; dying in the streets and in the fields. Injustices rules a nation where color is the monopoly that determines who is right or who is wrong.

Time has past but we find ourselves where we started. They are placed in cages, in a holding cells ripped apart from their families, displaced in modern hell. Yet no one has the answers to where they are going. The turbulence of time and the moments of despair has returned to a people seeking refuge. They came to liberty but alas liberty is no more; it has closed it’s doors. The rulers of destiny has become inpassionate turning their back on those crying out for help. What or who have we become? Where has manifest destiny gone? Children are now living as strangers in the land not having an identity and no parents they can turn to. The story is too familiar; it is time we open up our eyes and see the similarities of the times. Are we creating an identity crisis just like times before when generations will be forever lost not knowing who they really are? Let those who are fighting to be elected put things into perspective and focus on reality of the moment rather than lining their pockets with wealth gathered from their empty promises. It’s time to stop the madness and have empathy for those who are strangers in the land.

This behavior is very similar to the times we were taken from our mother land. We were dispersed to every corner of the globe without compassion. Mothers lost their love ones, fathers lost their sons leaving us without an identity. We had no way to identifying who we really were, where we came from and the true roots of our ancestry. We were strangers in the land looking for a place to rest our weary souls. Although we have come this far, the question still remains: Are we heading for the mountaintop looking with anticipation hoping there’s sunshine when the dreams of tomorrow will bring a brighter day? Hate and violence is taking it tole while the flames of hate captures a nation led by an image made of Iron and Clay. Let’s put aside our indifferences and work towards the renewal of human dignity. Though the writing is on the wall, the interpretation can be words of success. It is time to live in peace and harmony instead of being “Strangers in the land!”

Shifting Sands

In a moment of ideas and differing views we have seen the shaking of times as we strode in times of unrest and social injustices. Times are shifting; moments when everything that can be shaken will be shaken. Never before have we seen so much disrespect for life, dignity and human culture. It is sad to say this but the writing is on the wall and there is no one capable of interpreting it. Everyday things are shifting and the moments of madness has caught us in a state of compromise. It’s time to stop look and listen to the signs that has emerged. We are traveling in a direction where the pendulum is swinging and the sliding pole has taken us into a place of the unknown. We listened to the clips as the comparisons are made; we are not far from those day of turmoil that was vowed never to return. However, I believe a great climax will take place; be prepared to advance into a time and season with hope and fulfillment. We are living in times of shifting sands.

The era of tweets and talks into Siberia silence where we will not meet the confronters face to face. There is hope for a brighter tomorrow and a peace that will surpass our imagination. Let us build our hope on the rock of all ages and rise up out of the dreads of a low life and living; off the shifting sands of time on to the rock of hope and promise.

The word is “Shifting Sands.” In life we must to be prepared to build. It might be things but at this point we want to focus on lives. Let us build our lives on a rock where we will not be shaken. Those who build on sands will be quickly removed and blown off course. A wise man build on rocks. Therefore they will not be shaken. When the storms of life comes because our foundation is deep we will stand firm. The foolish build on the sands and is being moved by the times and seasons. May God help us to be grounded on the rock that will withstand the pressures of time and into eternity!

Look at the times we live in! It is truly disturbing. Everyday there’s another school shooting. It has now become a norm. The empty promises are overbearing because there is no one willing to take a stand. Have you ever encountered a sand dune? It is a ridge of sand created by the wind and is found in deserts or near lakes and oceans. It is that moment when one find themselves sinking into a hole that seems to be without end. When we find ourselves in this condition we usually cry out for help hoping that there is someone or something too hold on to. Moments like these are very testing because only then we find out what we are made of or who our real friends are. We should never attempt to ride the shifting sands alone; we need codependency; someone to help us out of our mess being careful not to be blown too far off course to a place of no return.

When a nation is in the state of decline, it is on shifting sands and need a stabilizing force to hold it together. Who is going to be that anchor to carry us through the storm? We all have to decide because no man is able to take us to that place of comfort and ease. As much as we are afraid to admit it, God is the only true source of help. Only he can help us now! It is time we let go of our insecurities and hope in the shifting sands of time and trust in the rock of all ages to take us to our place of comfort and joy. Let go of the “Shifting Sands.”

Reckless love, choices we make.

Love is a word that evokes emotion, sometimes exotic and sometimes calm but strong. However, it can be dangerous when one become fanatic and things spiral out of control. It is the source of our existence; we were created to love. Love is not always easy but we owe it to ourselves to love without limitations and distraction. We can become slaves to the feeling we hold dear when surrounded with demands we are unable to fulfill. However, what ever happens, love is a word that demands actions and affection. Circumstances sometimes hindered us from achieving or living up to our true potential; love suffers with agonizing pain and frustration. It hold our minds hostage; we prefer not to be bothered with life’s challenges and look to the simpler ways of life. In a pensive mood we stop and think of life and it’s circumstances; where are we going; what does the future hold and what happens inspite of love. When we fall short with our obligations and love is hard to come by.

I recently heard a song which caught my attention. Though simple in its meaning it seems to be creating controversies and discussion about the meaning and what the writer innocently used to describe his thoughts and ideas. However, it is only because of reckless love we are able to survive in a world of challenges and despair. Who would dare to lavish love on one who is unlovable?

Reckless love! What is it that causes us to get in a frenzy about a word used in innocence. This causes me to examine the thoughts behind the lyrics! Reckless love is the act of abandoning all preconceived or known notions; loving without any regards for circumstances that would throw us off course. Loving despite difficult personalities. Acknowledging that you are not always acting within the guidelines of “safe”. Loving without the fear of being hurt. Purposefully finding uniqueness. Loving beyond the point of healthiness. Continuing to love despite not being loved or appreciated in return. Loving to a point that you act without letting anything effecting us or negativity even crossing your mind.

I love this song because it speaks to the personality of God. There is nothing that we could have done to make Him love us but He abandon everything and made the sacrifice to show his love for us. I don’t know what you would call it but to me that is reckless love! These lyrics draws you into a state of consciousness in that you have to think of a love so great that even when we are not worthy He gives himself for us. He showed reckless love!

The lyrics:

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me You have been so, so good to me. Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me;You have been so, so kind to me.”

Who would be so kind as to love me and give himself for me? There is no argument that is worth the discussion to determine the love God has for us. You might not accept it but it took love beyond measure for him to love us that he gave himself for us, that is reckless love. A love so unconditional that we call it reckless. There is no need to even think of it any other way.

“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine. I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me. You have been so, so good to me. When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me You have been so, so kind to me

And oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away. Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”

It is overwhelming to even think of such love. Who would have thought that we’re so precious that we are on God’s mind? He did whatever it took to bring us back to him. It does not matter if you believe it or not; this is reckless love and there’s no doubt about it! He leave the ninety and nine to go after that one who goes astray even those who betrayed Him!

“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine And I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”

Wow! No other love could do it. It took reckless love to achieve such wonder!