"What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility- a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept, but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task."
President Barack Obama Inaugural Address January 20, 2009
I think of you with a joyful heart this morning. Ever since our first encounter, life has been nothing but pure bliss for me. An experience that only God can explain. An experience known to heavenly beings, for it is true that we are in the world but not of this world.
I kept knocking on doors that rejected me because, it was God's plan to give me far greater things than I could ever ask for or dream of. So I salute them for closing undesirable doors.
I've also come to understand in the words of Helen Keller that,
" The few own many because they possess the means of livelihood of all...The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands- the ownership and fair control of their livelihoods- are set at naught, we can have neither men's rights nor women's rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease."
Oprah Winfrey's words remind me of Walter Sisulu, the Father of our Nation when she says,
"No matter how hard the trial or difficulty in your life, your family should be your soft place to fall. Your true family- whether biological or acquired, holds a holy covenant of unconditional desire for you to be all that you were meant to be. That, I know for sure is the most meaningful aspect of love. When someone truly can be trusted to see who you are and want what's best for you!"
Walter Sisulu nurtured two young man who would become ANC presidents and lead God's people to freedom in South Africa! Oliver Thambo and the very first democratically elected President of the New South Africa, Nelson Mandela who would become the light of the world and the salt of the earth to humanity at large. These three elders were like brothers, united in their mission and calling, fulfilling the words of Jesus in Saint Mark when he proclaims that,
"My true brothers and sisters and mother are those people that do the things God want."
Their friendship is also painted clearly in the book of proverbs by King Solomon who states that,
"Friends can destroy one another, but a loving friend can stick closer than family."
All of life is well and alive, eternal in its mission and calling. All of life is fashioned lovingly in the likeness and image of God thus holy upon creation.
Were we not meant to be the family of God?
Father Abraham and all our dearly departed, May God Bless Your Spirit with deep seated peace as you continue to uplift and emancipate giving glory to the one and only awesome and mighty God. The King of Kings, highly exalted and enthroned for ever and ever more. Amen.