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"Be a Blessing"

Perhaps one of the toughest challenges in our interactions with others,and there are many, is to not repay the harm another has done with the same,but instead repay them with a blessing. New testament scriptures which come to mind are Galatians 5:14: 14For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this;Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself and I Peter 3:8-11,"8...be like minded,be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with a blessing,because of this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue` from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek and pursue it (NIV).  In the Old Testament, Leviticus 19:18 states "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself";

I don't think it would be a…
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Oscars So Inclusive

Regina King's Best Supporting Actress win, Black Panther's multiple technical wins including two black women for Best Costume Design and Production Design, Mahershala Ali's Best Supporting Actor win and Spike Lee's Oscar triumph, receiving his first competitive award after so many years was satisfying to witness. Then there was Roma and Rami Malek's win. From beginning to end the show appeared to proceed historically for blacks, progressively for women, Latinos, immigrants and LGBT at a swift pace without a host and without a hitch. I don't know what went on behind the scenes. Beginning with Queen's and Adam Lambert's "Rock You", diversity was the theme that ran through the show. Despite having  no official host-Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph did a humorous job as introductory hosts. It was a nice peripheral touch shining a light on  the band stand where Ricky Minor,  African American band director was briefly spotlighted. Ruth Carter …

Faith in Action

Today's word is from Mark 2:9-12. A reading of the entire second chapter, reveals the full story of the paralytic's desparate effort to be blessed by Jesus' healing power after he had returned home to Capernaum.By the time Jesus returned home, he had gained superstar status. Word of Jesus' miracles had spread far and wide. He was someone that everyone wanted to get a touch from. He drew mass crowds to the places he came to teach and preach. On this particular day, there was a paralyzed man being carried by some men determined to get to Jesus. As they approached the place where Jesus was they realized the crowd was too large to get through. In their desperation to reach him, they eked out an alternate route, as it became clear they were not going to be able to navigate through the crowd and reach the place near Jesus and speak directly with him. So they circumnavigated the masses, climbed the building and dug an opening in the roof above Jesus and lowered the paralytic …

Joy in the Morning

Joy Reid is excellent. Her punditry is impeccable. I have always been impressed with the incisive and well informed coverage she provides in combination with her special analysis of complex political issues. She is the only black female journalist to have a nationally syndicated show on MSNBC after Melissa Harris Perry's questionable departure. I look forward to her weekend show, follow her online and make a point of tuning in to any news show where she is a special guest host or panelist. I was thrilled to learn that she had been awarded her own show the Reid Report and her latest A.M. Joy, both well deserved.

By the same token, I was unhappy when I read a news article on the internet recently about her controversial run in or perhaps more accurately, misunderstanding with the Gay community concerning some remarks discovered on an old blog. This incidents brings to light some crucial issues of internet misrepresentation and fraud which is unfortunately running rampant on the web.…

To Some, The Inscrutable Social Media Web

Social media titans and their vaguely remarked territory on the web is not as mysterious as some might think, especially our elderly statesmen, senators who are questioning Facebook's CEO with rudimentary inquiries that make them sadly appear unprepared. This is where their interns can rush in to the rescue. The ones who can supply them with 'whiz cred' in short order. By the way, where are they?
Because now they are needed.

While there are a few older folks who are
whizes themselves on the web, daily surveying and surviving mind boggling computer antics,
cryptic code play and keeping up with all else web in flying colors with code skills and old school temperament intact, millenials, a generation from which Zuckerberg hails, rule the internet. Facebook is the proof in the pudding. Collaborating with them to make the social media world more safe and equitable in the media data share arena should be top priority. Better preparedness could go a long way.

"Help Somebody"

I am topping this Facebook post from five(5) years ago today. Helping folks in need is always on time...

Scripture-Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Help your neighbor. If you have it to give why not help others? Of course our country is known for being the most generous in the world. Our giving strength should be reflected more in our cities and job offerings. If everyone has what they need, their heart's desire and dream what is the problem? No utopia,but at least it's a start in good gaining leverage in the world. Of course,not everyone wants to be a billionaire or millionaire. No one I believe chooses to live in poverty either.

I think the President set a good example in this recently by committing a percentage of his salary in a demonstration of solidarity with furloughed Federal workers. On a broader scal…

"Mighty" Good

"We pondered your love-in-action ,God, waiting in your temple. Your name, God, evokes a train of Hallelujahs wherever It is spoken, near and far; your arms are heaped with goodness-in-action.
Be glad, Zion Mountain; Dance, Judah's daughters! He does what he said he'd do!" 
Psalm 48:12-17

I just stopped by to tell you, to remind you, to inspire you, to urge you that in the face of all the madness God is Good.  God's mercy endures forever. No matter what you may see and observe with your human vision being dished out to the world.

There is indeed plenty to be either deeply concerned, overjoyed, and unfortunately, in way too many cases outright horrified about.

You might be worn out. You might have been thrown out. You might be locked out. You may have been pushed out!  You might even be tripped out , played out and shut out. BUT God's goodness-in- action will show up and show out. God will in acts of divine grace, will and intercession let you out, free you fr…

"Love Currency": Happy Valentine's Day!

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is God;and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love." 1 John 4:7-8

Whenever love is involved it seems many of us wax poetic. Today, I have dug deep into the archives and have uncovered one of my favorite messages with an accompanying poem entitled "Love is the Currency". An audio version is enclosed and a video can be found soon on my You Tube channel. God bless your day.

Wishing you all the love you can possibly give and receive today and everyday.

Love & blessings,

Rev. Cynthia Wilson