PASSOVER

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And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:  And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 7And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.  And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord‘s passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.  And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.  And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.                                                                                         Exodus 12:1-14

 

 To the nation of Israel Passover is the most important commemoration.  This time was instituted by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as a continual reminder of how He freed them from Egyptian slavery. They were under Egyptian rule for 430 years.

 What I find interesting is God told Abraham hundreds of years before that his people would go through this hardship. He further explained that He would personally have to deliver them. God told him this before Abraham had any children. Abraham believed God and was satisfied.

 The Israeli presence in Egypt began via of the enslavement of one of their family members named Joseph. Because of envy and jealousy Joseph’s 11 brothers wanted to kill him; but decided to sell him into slavery to some Ishmaelite traders heading to Egypt. They sold Joseph to Potiphar, a high official of Pharaoh, ruler of Egypt.  Joseph was just 17 years old when this happened to him. God had given Joseph the ability to interpret dreams. He was also committed to the God of his fathers. He knew that God was continually with him.  Whatever Joseph did God made it prosper. His masters prospered while he was in their service. They made Joseph the head overseer because of this. While in the service of Potiphar, Joseph was falsely accused of sexual misconduct by Potiphar’s wife.  As a result, he was put in prison. Even then the keeper of the prison recognized Joseph’s leadership ability and placed the entire prison under his supervision.  It was while he was serving in Pharaoh’s political prison that two of Pharaoh’s closest servants were placed in prison.  While there they both had dreams that really disturbed them.  Joseph interpreted both dreams accurately.  Later Pharaoh, himself, had two disturbing dreams.  He called for all the wise men of his court but they could not interpret his dreams.  Finally, Pharaoh’s cupbearer, who had been imprisoned by Pharaoh and was under Joseph’s care while imprisoned, remembered Joseph and how he interpreted his dream successfully.  He shared his experience with Pharaoh and Joseph was summoned to the court of Pharaoh. Joseph was 30 years old when he stood before Pharaoh. He interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh successfully. He explained that God was letting Pharaoh know that for seven years Egypt would have an overabundance of food. Then they would have seven years of famine. He suggested that Pharaoh pick out someone for the responsibility of food storage in preparation for the seven years of famine.  Pharaoh gave this responsibility to Joseph, thus making him second in command in the land of Egypt.

 Two years into the famine Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to buy food because the famine was very severe in Canaan. They did not recognize Joseph when they saw him. Joseph finally revealed himself to them. He also made special provision for the entire clan to come to Egypt so he could take care of them during the famine. There were 70 people who went down to Egypt and lived in the territory of Goshen. 430 years later there would be approximately 3 million leaving Egypt and heading for the Promised Land of Canaan. Joseph died at the age of 110 but before his death he made the tribal elders promise to take his bones with them when they returned to the land promised to them hundreds of years before.

 Years later, another Pharaoh came to power who knew nothing about Joseph. He became concerned that the Jews in Egypt were multiplying too fast.  They were a people who worshipped one God unlike the Egyptians who worshipped many gods. He decided to make them slaves. He killed the first born males by throwing them in the Nile River as a means of birth control. But the Jews kept multiplying. They were in a sad position—they could not free themselves from Egyptian bondage. THEY NEEDED A DELIVERER WITH SUPERNATURAL ABILITY.  Moses tried to in his own strength but failed.  He had to flee for his life.  Many years later the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would send Moses back to Pharaoh with one message: LET MY PEOPLE GO.  

 There were ten plagues that God used to convince Pharaoh that He meant business.  It is interesting to note that each plague mocked the Egyptian gods. 

  1. Hapi–god of the Nile -plague waters turned to blood.
  2. Heket–Fertility-Head of a frog-plague frog
  3. Geb–god of the earth dust-plague Lice.
  4. Khepri–god of creation-movement of the sun-rebirth-plague-swarm of flies.
  5. Hathor–goddess of love and protection–plague of death of cattle and livestock.
  6. Isis–goddess of medicine and peace-plague ashes turned to boils and sores.
  7. Nut–goddess of the sky-plague hail rained down in the form of fire.
  8. Seth–god of storms and disorder–plague-locusts sent from the sky.
  9. Ra–The sun god-plague–three days of complete darkness.
  10. Pharaoh–The ultimate Power of Egypt-the son of Ra manifested in the flesh–plague–death of all the first born of Egypt.

 Credit to:  Ten Egyptian Plagues for Ten Egyptian gods and goddesses by IN THE DOGHOUSE.COM.

 During the first nine plagues God, through Moses, did everything for the Jews’ emancipation.  He gave special protection from these 9 calamities to the Jews while plaguing the Egyptians. But to be protected during the last plague they had to be obedient and follow God’s instructions.  Their salvation was now in their hands.  Each household was to take an unblemished lamb and on a certain day slaughter in a special way. Then take the blood of the lamb and put it on the door posts of their home. They were to roast the lamb whole with all of its insides and no broken bones.  They had to eat unleavened bread and bitter herbs with it.  They were to have all of their clothes on and their things packed.  If any of the lamb was left they were to burn up the rest of the lamb up before morning.  That night they were to stay in the house and not go out until morning.  That night their God sent the angel of death throughout the land of Egypt and killed the firstborn child, including Pharaoh’s son. Their God promised that when the angel of death saw the blood on the doorposts of the houses the angel of death passed over that house and no one was killed.

Pharaoh immediately sent for Moses and commanded him to take the nation of Israel out of his country. They were given gold and silver and precious stones by the Egyptians and clothing for their many years of rigorous servitude. This is why Passover is the most important Celebration.

 Just as He had promised hundreds of years before the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob kept His promise to deliver them. He is the same God who promised to bless all who were a blessing to the descendants of Abraham. Again I state no one could claim this like the African American slaves.  They, however, did not receive the blessings due them.  I firmly believe this is available to us as their descendants. I believe the only way we will achieve true freedom and equal rights will be via His supernatural intervention on our behalf in remembrance of the African-American slaves to which so much is owed. I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE.

 Your comments are welcome.

 Lucy Payne

LUCY

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MEMORIAL

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Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

Psalms 56:8

 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

Exodus 2:23

  Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.

Job 30:24

 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

Psalms 42:3

Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

Psalms 80:5

Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

Psalms 106:44

Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

Hebrews 5:7

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Revelation 21:4

According to the dictionary a memorial can be a structure or a statement of facts presented to a sovereign, a holiday, or anything used for the purpose of commemoration.

In America we just had a day of celebration honoring our dead referred to as Memorial Day.  A few days ago we celebrated the independence of our nation. The nation of Israel was given a special charge by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to celebrate their freedom from Egyptian enslavement.  This holiday is referred to as PASSOVER. This is considered their most popular holiday.  Another commemorative time for them is called the Feast of Purim. It memorializes how Queen Esther saved the Jewish people from destruction.  This was an ugly plan made by Haman; a man who hated the Jewish people. In the Muslim world they commemorate the Ramadhan holiday in remembrance of the first revelation of the Quran received by Mohammed. This is celebrated during the ninth month of the Muslim calendar.

It was interesting to note that the Statue of Liberty, which stands in New York City harbor, emphasizes African American enslavement in this country.  This was a gift from France to America.  At first there was a chain that was attached to the body of the statue; but because of protests it was removed.  However there are chains around the feet of the statue in remembrance of our cruel and unjust enslavement.

Did you know that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the Giver and Sustainer of life, also has a special way of commemorating?  He uses our tears and our cries. Every tear from the very beginning has been recorded in His book. Just think the very first tear ever cried has been recorded as a memorial. He will never forget and He is committed to its resolution.  Just knowing this about Him tells me I can trust His words. It also tells me about His character and integrity.  He is a God whose word you can rely on. He most definitely has the power.

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy Payne

Lucy

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FIFTY YEAR CELEBRATION OF THE REUNIFICATION OF JERUSALEM

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Aerial view of Jerusalem the Holy City

 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Zechariah 12:9

  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Psalms 122:6

Not only are the Israeli people celebrating 69 years of the rebirth of their nation, but this month they are commemorating 50 years of reunification of the city of Jerusalem.  The original event happened during the six-day war in June, 1967. The Jews were fighting Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Iran. The result was a complete victory for the Jewish people. 

They took great care while fighting in Jerusalem because they did not want to destroy any parts of the Holy City. They wanted to regain all of Jerusalem because in prior times it was their capital.  King David conquered the city from the Jebusites and made it the capital of Israel during his 40-year reign. The city was destroyed in A.D.70 by the Romans and the inhabitants were scattered.

Interestingly, Jerusalem is the Holy City for the three dominant beliefs: Christianity, Judaism, and Muslim.

The United States have been the main ally of Israel even before this country’s inception continually. Through our enslavement the African American community made all of this possible.

The Jews have maintained that if they had had their own land, there would not have been concentration camps. They would have had some place to go. They mean to hold on to this land by any means necessary.

CONGRATULATIONS ISRAEL

Your comments are welcome

Lucy

Lucy Payne

HAPPY 69TH BIRTHDAY TO THE NATION OF ISRAEL

 

And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:  Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned. We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses. Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.

Nehemiah 1:5-9

 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;  Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.

Ezekiel 39:27-29

 This month the nation of Israel is celebrating its 69th year of nationalism or should I say re-nationalism if there is such a term. After over 2,000 years in exile the Jews in May of 1948 became a nation again as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob promised He would do. Jews from the entire world are finally going back to the land they said their God gave them by helping them defeat the former inhabitants or the Canaanite or Amorite tribes who are descendants of Noah’s son Ham.

While they were seeking nationalism they had the backing of the United States. They have continually relied on this country for support in various areas in their attempt to remain a nation. America has been there for Israel. President Truman openly congratulated the nation on the day of its rebirth; thus causing other nations to respond positively to them.

The other countries surrounding the new nation vehemently opposed them and have been at war with them since its inception. In spite of all of this, the Nation of Israel has been helped by this country from its rebirth to the present.

Recently, former President Obama had been a great help to Israel by helping to build the IRON DOME SYSTEM giving the Jews greater protection against missile attacks from surrounding nations and terrorist groups who are opposed to them.

As I have stated before, this country could not have helped the Jews if it were not for the African Americans who built this country’s foundations via enslavement. We made freedoms available to them; freedoms that are still not available to us because of racial hatred. God has promised to bless all who are a blessing to Abraham and his posterity. No one, in my opinion, can measure up to the sacrifice made by the African American community who has blessed Israel and also the world.

AS STATED BEFORE HAPPY 69TH BIRTHDAY ISRAEL.

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy

Lucy Payne

BLACK HISTORY REVISITED

Deuteronomy Chapter 11 verses 18 and 19

 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

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I love it when it is Black History time.  To me it is a time for us to celebrate our many accomplishments as African Americans—the good and the not so good.  We need this time to evaluate our goals and directions.  We need to evaluate and determine what our strategies should be for future accomplishments.  

 More than anything we need to take the time to make sure our children know their history.  We need to make it a topic of continual discussion.  If we neglect to teach our children their history someone else will use their ignorance to their own advantage and our children’s disadvantage.  This is what the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob meant when He instructed the nation of Israel to be diligent in making their history, laws, beliefs, etc. known not only to themselves but to their children on a daily basis.

 Please note Genesis chapter 18 verses 18 and 19 which states:

 “Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

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My main focus is on our American enslavement.  I know this is a hard and bitter subject; but I believe that embodied in this cruel and unjust experience is a wealth of blessings that may revolutionize our lives today. We as African American slaves by building this country built a foundation for the nation of Israel and also the world.  These are the true so called (founding fathers) of America. As stated before we, as well as they, have never had the privilege of enjoying the fruit of our labor and ultimate sacrifice.

 The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob made a covenant promise of special blessings that we seek to experience and enjoy, all because  our enslavement have been a blessing to the Jewish people more than to any other people.

 Your comments are welcome.

Lucy PayneLucy

 

PROPHESY/PROPHECY

Jeremiah chapter 29 verse 11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

I remember asking my Sunday school teacher how I could find out what the will of God was for my life. I had a certain love for the Lord Jesus and I was more than grateful for my salvation. I wanted to know more about how one could find out God’s perfect will for his or her life. My Sunday school teacher told me to read my Bible more and trust the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me by opening and closing areas in my life. My teacher emphasized the importance of having an attitude and a committed heart and a willingness to obey the Lord by allowing Him to direct you in every area of your life. You must surrender your life to Him completely.

Later in my life a minister pointed out about prophesy. Have you received a word of prophesy over your life. This minister stated he was having a particular serious problem that generated deep concern and doubt. To help him during this time the Lord reminded him of prophesy that was spoken over his life. This gave him the direction that he needed to pursue in answer to his dilemma. This proved to be the right steps to take.

As I thought about this I remember prophesy that was spoken to me years ago in my early twenties. I was taking a seminar. When I got the chance to speak to the seminar leader, I focused on the problems of the black community because of slavery. His response was, “Well slavery was just the white man’s sin.” Then he asked me my name. I told him, “Lucy.”  He said your name means light or bright. Maybe God wants you to be a light to your people as to the truth of His word. At first I felt he was just pushing me off; but my passion has grown even more over the years.  I want Godly answers to what we have had to face past, present, and future.

It is truly my burning desire to bring help, hope, and physical changes to our community for the better. I desire changes that cannot be taken away.

When the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob delivered the Jews from their Egyptian enslavement it was complete. As long as they were obedient to God they were protected and prospered.

This same God that promised to bless Abraham promised to bless all who are a blessing to Abraham and his descendants. I say this emphatically— no one in all the earth has blessed his descendants more than the African American community through our ancestral enslavement. They were never compensated for this. We who are their descendants have a claim before the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who made the promise. It is my firm belief that He, above all, wants to make this promise a physical reality.

As usual your comments are welcome

Lucy,

PASSIONATE ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICAN PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

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OVER 400 YEARS AND CLIMBING!

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

St. John 4:34

  And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

St. John 21:25

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What are you passionate about in your life?  What do you care about to the point that you focus on it day and night? What do you want to accomplish in your lifetime? What are you willing to commit to fervently for the rest of your life to experience its success?

Growing up in the Payne home was not a good experience.  My parents argued and fought all the time.  We were very poor and our home was full of sickness.  I had Asthma very badly.  It was hard for my father to find and keep employment.  We were on Welfare, which was degrading and dehumanizing.

My father was a very abusive man to his children and his wife. On top of all this we experienced the destruction of our home by fire.  Even now when I think of this I get terribly emotional.  My parents were not at home and our lives were saved by my oldest sister. She was not asleep and she got all of us safely out of the house.

In the midst of all of this, there was one thing my parents made all of their children do—go to church and school.  No matter how raggedy our clothes were or how many holes were in our shoes, we had to go. Church and school were mandatory.

I loved the Bible stories about Jesus and how much He loved me in spite of everything.  Now I understand why the Gospel is supposed to be preached to the poor and downtrodden. The Gospel brings about a supernatural hope.  It creates faith over what you see, feel, hear or experience. It brings about an honest and true belief in your heart and imagination that all things are attainable no matter your situation.

Even now, as I look at the plight that we as African Americans continually face, I am convinced that our physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic salvation have already been accomplished in Jesus.  He has already made specific arrangements for all our needs according to His promise found in Genesis 12:3. But, like any benefit we must learn how to receive what has already been provided and use it wisely for our individual and collective betterment.

When the God of eternity made this promise to Abraham, I believe He also had our African American community in mind.  He knew that our enslavement would bring about enormous prosperity to the Jews and the rest of the world via this country. As I look at the various issues facing our community my passionate desire is to see this promise materialize in our everyday lives. 

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy Payne

Lucy

 

 

 

THE OBAMA LEGACY!

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.  – II Samuel 23:3

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Since I retired, I try not to listen to the news or focus on the many issues facing our world. My favorite programs are the classic westerns, GUNSMOKE, CHEYENNE, and THE LONE RANGER.  I do listen to a lot of the religious programs and that about sums it up. I call myself living stress free.  However, after retiring from State of Michigan in 2002 I landed a position as a Housing Addiction Counselor for the DETROIT RESCUE MISSION in 2005. It is strange how God moves. For 37 years I worked with women and children in poverty.  Afterwards I started working with men in poverty and degradation.

It was during this time that I got my first glimpse of Senator Barack Obama. I believe I was at the doctor’s office and the news on the television showed the Senator making a speech in Germany. Tens of thousands of people all over Germany and Europe came to see him and welcomed him as though he had already won the American election. They seemed to already embrace him as the leader of the free world and its allies.  I was truly amazed.  While at the Ministry we had numerous discussions about him during his campaign. During our motivational sessions I noticed that even then Senator Obama became an overwhelming inspiration to the residents especially the African American male; as he encouraged them to work harder on their own personal lives for the betterment.  Most of the residents came to us for a letter showing they lived in the neighborhood so that they could vote and be a part of the making of history i.e. the election of a black man to the highest position in the world. Before his inauguration it seemed like the whole world was holding its breath looking to him as the savior of the world coming to set up his earthly kingdom as prophesied in the Holy Scriptures.

During the Hilary campaign President Obama encouraged all voters, mainly African Americans to cast their vote for Hilary Rodman Clinton.  He implied that she was the best candidate and that she would continue what he had accomplished during his eight-year tenure. His passage of the Affordable Care Act making medical available to all, and his continuation of women’s rights over their own bodies, also what he termed marriage equality, then his tolerant policy, and immigration, etc. was what he emphasized as his legacy to be continued for the betterment of America. 

In my opinion, President Obama was treated in a most disrespectful manner throughout his eight-year tenure. During many of his speeches he was called a liar, etc. He was disrespected by the evangelicals who blamed the abortion issue on him. He was referred to as the most immoral President.  Many church leaders refused to even pray for him in their service because they did not like him from his inception as president. Many people in other countries could not believe the way he was treated. They said their rulers would have the guilty parties killed, no questions asked. Many top military people refused to serve under him and he had to dismiss them.  Some just retired from active duty rather than have a black man as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. This is also true of people he put in special cabinet positions— they too would find some way to turn on him. It has been said that his life has been threatened more than any other presidents. His family has been ridiculed and insulted. It is my understanding that his wife as first lady had to handle problems with staff in the White House so as to maintain the highest standards in concert with the highest political office in the world.

During his first years in office he had more of a democratic congress making it possible for him to get the affordable medical program started.  He was also instrumental in continuing the abortion issue for women and the marriage equality and the tolerant issues. The mid-elections proved disastrous for the democratic congress. Many lost their jobs because they supported the President.  He was now faced with a republican congress. But, this did not deter him from doing his job.  He continued to make decisions and do his job as he saw it. President Obama received continued criticism to the point that it became apparent to all other countries that the citizens of the United States racial status were off the chain although he was highly respected in many other countries. During all of this, President Obama never used or complained about racial discrimination.  He continuously made it his business to do his job no matter what. He used his position’s authority wisely. In an effort to stop him from doing his job other branches of government refused to do what they were supposed to do under the Constitution. They began to break the law in order to stop him from operating within the framework of the law. His racist haters under the slogan of making America great again in the eyes of other nations around the world sullied our country’s image. However, they have almost immortalized him as the one and only President of the United States of America.

In my opinion the Obama Legacy centers on the way he handled himself during his two terms in office. He kept his family intact. There were no scandals. Coming into the presidency his slate was clean and wholesome.  He did his homework by properly educating himself.  He was strictly a married family man. His wife was equally educated and exemplified virtue. President Obama did not saddle himself with a lot of youthful cumbersome baggage while preparing for success. He had a goal.

To me he was and will always be an example to our African American young generation.

Presidents have come and presidents will go but there will be only one President of the United States— Barack H. Obama.

It should be noted that our African American enslavement made a President Barack Obama possible. Although he is not a descendant of our enslavement, like so many he is a product.

 

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THIS IS THE OBAMA LEGACY.

Your comments are welcome

 

Lucy

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

I Samuel 30:6

 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Psalms 43:5

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day can be a very hard and trying time. While it is good to know that you have been granted another year on God’s calendar, it can render you severely depressed if you have had a very hard and trying year prior to the new one.  So many times you just cannot see yourself enduring another year or you just do not have strength of mind to proceed further.

2016 was a very trying time for the American people as a whole because it was a presidential election year.  In my opinion all of the candidates were substandard and did not have answers to the problems that we as a nation are facing. Ultimately, and in my opinion, we had to make a choice between the lowest form of political filth and greed. Voters had to take courage and choose between the lesser of two evils.  Many decided not to participate at all. All are wondering what the next four years will produce under this new administration.  This concern on top of any other personal burdens is enough to bring about a deep depression.

I remember some time ago when I felt overwhelmed and I happened to mentioned it in a passing conversation.  I will never forget the response I received because the person knew that I believed in Jesus and had shared my faith and testimony openly. I was severely raked over the coals. What’s wrong with the faith that you say you have in Jesus. You say you are born again and have the Holy Ghost. You say Jesus can take care of you. Well what’s wrong now? Being depressed and now having to deal with this lack of compassion brings about a deep feeling of guilt and failure as a Christian on top of your depression. I believe that is why we have so many passive Christians. Instead of making disciples of all nations we keep our Savior personal.

Anyway for New Year’s I decided to reflect on all the positives that happened in 2016. This made me feel a little better. I then began to think of some goals that I wanted to accomplish for 2017. I started to come up with a plan in order to accomplish these goals. During this time two scriptures came to mind about facing depression. David and his men came back home and found that their wives and children had been carried off by the enemy. They had just come from fighting one battle and were too severely exhausted to go any further. David’s men wanted to kill him because of this situation. The scripture pointed out that DAVID DID NOT LOOK TO ANY MAN FOR HELP BUT HE ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD. HE ENQUIRED OF GOD FOR COUNSEL AS TO A PLAN OF ACTION. Following God’s leading David took as many men that he could and they were empowered to get all their families back and more. David not only returned everything to each man but he also shared equally all that was gained. He experienced depression and anxiety but instead of relying on man he embraced God even more than before.

As I meditated on these two scriptures and started to read the Bible I began to take heart. I began to think about the verse of scripture that I have been so passionate about: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:3). This passage contains a Godly promise that I believe holds the answer to many of the problems we as African Americans face in this country.  Just as David encouraged himself in God and obtained the victory needed. I believe this promise makes this same God available to us for victory. Happy New Year!

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy

Lucy Payne

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IN RETROSPECT

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

~~Luke 2:10-11

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By the time Christmas 2016 came I found myself in a much better spirit.  The more I meditate on this scripture it becomes overwhelmingly apparent that we need the Savior.  Even when we have done our best in life there is always a feeling of insufficiency or lack. Something always seems to be missing. There is an emptiness that seems to stay with you. At least this is my experience.

I was very young when I reached out to Jesus for His salvation. I believe I was about 8 or 9 years old.  Anyway, putting my childlike faith and trust in the fact that Jesus came into this world to be my Savior I came to the front of my church and accepted Jesus as my own personal Savior from my sin nature and also the fact that I found myself practicing sin as a result. I asked Him to become the Lord or Boss of my entire life. I know this does not mean that I am a perfect Christian; but I am trusting in Jesus’ righteousness and His perfection.

Even now 60 years later as I look back on my life I can say Jesus has been faithful to me, for me, and through me. I am thankful that I committed my life to Him at a young age. He has kept me out of the many pitfalls that so many young people get trapped in and as a result mess up their lives.

I enjoyed this Christmas because I spent a lot of time reflecting on what I was able to accomplish because of the Lord Jesus Christ. I especially thank Him because I still have hope for my life in Him. In essence Jesus was born to save me from my sin and give me a future hope.

This is why that promise He made to Abraham means so much to me. We as African Americans have a lively hope in this one promise.

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy

Lucy Payne