Happy Black History Month 2022!!
This year, I had the pleasure of sharing the Sunday sermon for the 4th Annual Virtual Black Heritage Art Show, hosted by Glenda and Milton Boone! Last year I facilitated a guided meditation, but this year God gave me much more to say. The show opened on February 4th with the theme of Family Ties. There were multiple artist and mediums of art used to showcase and celebrate black artistry!
I preached, "What Troubles You" from the story of Hagar in Genesis 21. And y'all- when I say God showed up-GOD SHOWED UP in this sermon. I remember in divinity school a professor saying, "you'll always find yourself in the sermon", and my my my was God ministering to my soul as I ministered to God's people. This sermon, gave me clarity on a familial situation and set me free!
I'd like to share this message with you all.
Be Blessed and Be well,
I hope you all are resting and finding/maintaining your peace this Christmas Eve!
As for me, I've been really battling with getting into the holiday spirit, like for whatever reason, this holiday season just isn't giving JOYFUL, JOYFUL; it's giving more like sorrow, sorrow, sick in the house. And I know I am not alone because I've seen the laments on socials, so get your cup of tea, water, or smoothie, and let's dive in!
Well dang... I looked up, and a year had passed since I last wrote a blog post. And you won't find me offering any excuses, as life in the pandemic had me honoring other parts of my being- like finally, FINALLY preaching my initial sermon! So while I am not apologetic about not writing HERE, I must admit I did allow some negative thoughts to creep in. Like, "Is anyone here for reading blogs anymore"? Especially in the world of Tik Tok and video domination on social media platforms, my mind wondered- but I came quickly back to the thought, "I write what my soul must consider, what my mind needs to process, and what my body must release" and was instantly inspired to start back writing!
One of my 2021 vision board intentions was to write more. While I am writing sermons and meditations, I also want to write things that fall at the intersection of faith, wellness, and culture that allows me to release and just be. So this is that! Y'all ready?
I am sure this is what Syd felt like in Brown Sugar. I am sure that my hip hop appreciation reached a peak last night. And I am sure that my soul was encouraged. Watching DMX and Snoop talk purely and jam out authentically did something to my soul. I know y'all like-what? How, sis? But, from the prayer to the genuine gem drops and laughter throughout, I was touched.
Touched mostly because the music that DMX and Snoop have gifted the culture is a true reflection of God's grace. For me, it reminded me of a two things.
At the intersection of faith and culture, I write what MY soul must consider, what MY mind needs to process, and what MY body must release!
The thoughts of LEB