Let us always be ready not only to rejoice with the folks who want us to celebrate with them but also be ready to care for the ones who need us to demonstrate compassion for them.
The Bride of Christ will be the true Body of Christ who has been completely sanctified—has been made wholly holy in body, soul, and spirit. Christ’s Bride also will be the truly born again and saved believers from every ethnic group and from every nation.
I neither paint nor draw, and, while I do take photographs, I took none of the ones in these illustrated haiku poems. For these reasons, I thank every artist and every photographer whose exquisite artworks helped me explain the meanings of my haiku poems. Most of my haiku poems that I included in each illustrated haiku are from Perfect Peace (2015)—my collection of haiku poetry. The other haiku poems were created between March 2015 and November 2016.
Though it is an uncomfortable truth, it is a truth nonetheless. Racism and bigotry are taught, and what the once down-low racists and bigots in America are teaching right now is that the melting pot metaphor that pertains to a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous was just a lie. This truth is why America’s racists and bigots will do their best to change America’s landscape—will try to change the face of America—from people of color back to just White America.
It has been proven that our prejudices are formed at a very early age. This truth means that our children can quickly learn from us how to be racists—how to hate certain people. Thankfully, the good news is that our taught biases can be unlearned. The uncomfortable truth, however, is that, if we truly love God the way He expects us to and/or the way we say we do, we could have chosen not to teach this horrid ugliness to our children.
Protect citizens and serve the public has been bastardized to mean shot to kill first then ask questions, especially when it comes to the police protecting and serving their African-American communities. No wonder dividedness—Black first and American second—still epitomizes the color line dilemma for Blacks in 2016 America.
There are times when we should flinch, duck, and dodge—like we did when we played our childhood street game known simply as Dodgeball. These skills helped us dodgers obtain the coveted prize—the “winner” title. However, there are times when our flinching, ducking, and dodging are unacceptable—like when it comes to us being steadfast and immovable children of God. Only a steadfast and immovable faith will help us obtain our heavenly rewards.
Knowledge by itself is not powerful. Knowledge always needs understanding plus wisdom—the latter is that good judgment that moves human beings to apply what they know. This principle is operational in their natural and spiritual worlds.
Another one of my mother’s siblings went home to be with her and with the Lord. My Uncle Jesse died this morning. He was my mother’s baby brother. Rest in peace in Jesus’ arms!