Looking at this one promise of God’s, as African Americans we should be more thankful and grateful during this holiday season. Our praise to God should reach a much higher level than ever before.  When I look at our many communal problems, these are nothing for Him to solve.  He is the God of His word.  If He promised to bless He means exactly what He says.  We can rest on His word.  We as a people above all others have been more than a blessing to the descendants of Abraham.  We built the foundations of this country strong enough to embrace Abraham’s descendants in every way.  They were faced with severe persecution all over Europe and parts of Asia, etc., because of their religious beliefs.  This country gave them the opportunities needed to gain wealth and practice their religious beliefs without fear.  Our ancestors made all of this possible, not only for the Jews but for all who migrated to this country.  It is my firm belief that there would not be a nation of Israel today had it not been for the African American slave building this powerful country, the United States of America.

As we celebrate this holiday season, let us meditate on this promise with a positive expectant attitude, trusting the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to honor His word to the descendants of slaves again as He did thousands of years ago.

He is the same God yesterday, today, and forever.  While celebrating let us remember those who are grieving within our community.  The family of the nine year old who was shot; the family of the eight year old and the one year old who were shot, remember the mother who saw her four year old mauled by pit bulls.  Let’s remember Pastor Donnie McClurklin, who has faced some heavy issues during this year.  Let’s make ourselves available to all who are in need in our communities. 



Lucy Payne



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