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The sound of grace

I love The Message, the way the late Dr. Eugene Peterson captured the breadth of the words in scripture. One of my favorite passages is out of Matthew 11:28-29 But before Peterson even embraced his artful description, John Newton alluded to grace having its own unique sound. Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved … Continue reading The sound of grace

A reasonable portion

A traditional Black church testimony might go something like this: First giving honor to God, to Jesus Christ who is the Lord of my life and to the saints of God with whom I fellowship. I want to thank God for my early rising this morning, that my last night bed wasn’t my cooling board, … Continue reading A reasonable portion

I knew she would live!

I’d been to church for an evening service. I was the minister of music. And when I returned home, there was an ambulance at my house. And the neighbors had gathered. And the next door neighbor was trying to tell me something about how she’d been instrumental in making this happen. But the “wa wa … Continue reading I knew she would live!

How I won in 2020

I’ve walked with the Lord for more years than you might think, because faith came to me at a young age. And at the tender age of 70, I’ve had blessings that brought joy, bubbles that brought grace and miracles that brought overwhelming peace. And I’ve had surprises, upheavals, tragedies and tsunamis. But I’ve never … Continue reading How I won in 2020

This Christmas

Christmas reminds me of God’s grace and his awesome willingness to include me in his family. Christmas is our marker of the moment Jesus came to earth to show us how to walk as beloved children of God. He came to show us how grace works in our lives and how to be dispensers of … Continue reading This Christmas

Jesus

Oh. You heard me say Jesus? You might hear me say Jesus any old time. I say Jesus when he shows up. I say Jesus when he’s slow to show up. I say Jesus when he surprises me with grace. I say Jesus when I’m overwhelmed with his presence. I say Jesus when he hears … Continue reading Jesus

Faith

I’m thankful for faith. First taught by my grandmother and mother. I watched the older women, who could only make it to church once a month, choose communion service on second Sundays at 3 p.m. By the time their hands touched the door the tears were already flowing, their hearts’overflow of joy. Miss Vic Clark. … Continue reading Faith

I cried out. God!

God. God! If you called me, if I heard you correctly, then stand by me! Show yourself strong on my behalf. Justify me. I’ll go. But you have to make the way. I had been in church all my life. I had been in ministry all my life. My grandmother had been superintendent of the … Continue reading I cried out. God!