HEY MAN…WHAT’S YOUR PLAN?

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Recently I went to the car dealer to get my car serviced.  While there I began to converse with another customer regarding the candidates for the presidential election.  Like me she was a black woman and expressed her deep concern. She kept saying if we don’t get out and vote we will be in serious trouble. Like so many in our community she was terribly disturbed about the dilemma facing the African American community as a whole, referring to the killing of our people. She kept saying we must get out and vote against this one candidate.

I then asked her a question that I have been asking many African Americans.  If God Almighty came to you because He wanted to help our community, to the complete satisfaction of all that we have faced as a people here in this country, how would you tell Him to help us? The woman looked at me and stated I would tell God to help us be accepted by the content of our character and not by the color of our skin.  Well, after she said that, I wondered how this was supposed to help us.  From what I have been hearing many of the people who were killed by the police had something questionable in their background.  What I have been asking is: “What are your plans for getting our community out of our many dilemmas that we continue to face?”

I recall a statement the Honorable former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, made when he took office.  He stated that during the first few weeks of his administration, representatives from the Hispanic and the Arabic communities ask for a meeting with him to discuss their perspective concerns.  Africans Americans are the largest group in Detroit.  To date, no one has come to present their concerns along with a plan of action to be considered.

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had a plan when He approached Abraham in Genesis 12:3. He had a plan when He allowed Joseph to be taken to Egypt as a slave.  He had a plan when He allowed Jacob and the rest of his family go into Egypt.  He knew they would be ill-treated and enslaved. The same God already had a plan of action to bring them out of Egypt at the appointed time.  Through supernatural means He accomplished their freedom.  They came out of bondage with great substance. The slaves that He freed are still a strong force to be reckoned with today. Even amidst prejudice and persecution they are strong.  He is the same God who promised to bless all who were a blessing to Abraham and his posterity.

No one can claim this promise more than the African American descendants of the slave system here.  Through our servitude we have more than blessed them.  God knew about our servitude and what was accomplished. Like the former slaves of old I believe He has a definite plan of blessing that would be considered a complete and satisfactory fulfillment of this promise.

IF HE DID IT BEFORE HE CAN DO IT AGAIN.

I ask you this question: If the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob asked for your input in order to satisfactorily bless our entire community, based on our enslavement what would you advise Him.  What plans do you have?

Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
Haggai 1:5

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
Habakkuk 2:2

Your comments are more than welcome.

Lucy Payne

Lucy

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TO VOTE OR NOT TO VOTE

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As I have stated before, this is a presidential election year.  Whoever wins this election will be serving after the historic election of our first black president here in the United States.  The past eight years under the administration of a black man have been heated and full of controversy and gross disrespect.

Now all one hears from the candidates is we must make America great again. How can we restore our country to greatness? Needless to say the voters are full of deep concern and confusion.  Many do not like the candidates running.  They wonder is it worth voting in this election or just a waste of time.

This is especially true in the African America community.  It is a known fact that no matter how much voter support and backing we give a candidate, whether republican or democrat we seemed to be forgotten and/or treated as invisible after the election. Still we are continually told that the only hope we have is to use our vote to make a difference.  Please note I still believe that voting is our duty and privilege.  We are responsible for sharing in the decision-making of our nation. Also to add insult to injury periodically the government must vote on whether or not we will have voting privileges.

In view of this and the problems we continually face within our community I am still convinced that only supernatural help will suffice.  The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob promised to bless all who blesses Abraham and his descendants.  Our enslavement in this country was indeed a blessing to them.  Now it is our time for supernatural deliverance.

There are it may be so many kinds of voices in the world and none of them is without signification.                                                                        I Corinthians 14:10

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy Payne

Lucy

LABOR

The primary factor of any undertaking is labor. You can have as many ideas as you would like but there must be someone to make it a physical reality.  Mr. Webster defines labor as: “The physical and mental activity that provides or produces the goods and services in an economy.”  This one expense can either make or break an undertaking.

Still I rise

 

 My grandfather on my mother’s side was born hearing and speech impaired.  He also had a brother who was born the same way.  His mother was born a few years after the Emancipation. When I was a child I loved to see him tell us how he saw Walter Reuther getting the auto workers together to form a powerful union to bargain for better working conditions and other benefits. The way he would sign the words out to us as his grandchildren, left a lasting impression on me.  He talked about the many skirmishes he personally witnessed during this time.  Men fighting for their rights that they felt were due them from the auto companies.  The look on his face gave one the impression that he was reliving this in his mind.  To him the laborer was worth his hire. The auto companies, no doubt, felt this was taking more of their profits and did not like the idea of labor unions.

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My Grandfather – James Shephard 1895 – 1975

I know we all have heard about companies using sweat shops as a better means for labor.  We are also familiar with the term ‘outsourcing’ or sending American jobs overseas for cheaper labor so as to realize larger profits. Enslavement made practices such as these unnecessary.  Slaves were property. They were owned by their masters.  They could breed and have children who would also become slaves.  This was considered the best form of labor.  You owed them nothing.

 After the Emancipation of slavery there was a move to keep the slaves servitude—share cropping, that evil and underhanded way of keeping the slaves subservient; and also the use of Jim Crow laws relegating them to second class citizens.  This nation could not have evolved without the skilled and unskilled labor of the black slave.

 Your comments are welcome.

 Lucy Payne

Lucy

Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.” Deuteronomy 25:4

 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is      worthy of his hire…” Luke 10:7

SAFETY

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Online reference: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/12/prweb10281878.htm

The safety of our community is a HUGE issue.  As a people we have experienced so many useless and unnecessary tragedies.  People are being killed within our community at an alarming rate.  In recent past months we have had babies and toddlers shot and killed.  Senior citizens have been killed in their homes and on the street.  Recently, a black woman literally died from multiple stab wounds in broad daylight on the streets of Detroit.  Rumors say that she was screaming for help and trying to protect herself; but to no avail.  She was approximately 50 years of age.  Our young black men are dying from drugs, alcohol, street gang violence, and every other imaginable vice. Some time ago it was reported that an eleven year old girl was walking to school during the early morning hours as was usual for her when a black man grabbed her, took her and sexually abused her.  He told the young child that she should not have been out there by herself.

We seem to be on a continued path of self-destruction, hatred, and degradation.  If there is anything that reminds us of us or anyone that reminds us of ourselves that object and that person is treated or handled in a negative manner. One of the results of this negativity is that the abortion rate is much higher among African Americans when compared to other groups. 

In the Holy Scriptures in the book of Ephesians 6:29 it says, “No man hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it.”  The question is how can we stop the violence within our community and bring about an atmosphere of safety to our midst.  When the violence is minimized then we will be empowered to deal with the external issues of racism.

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob You brought safety and order to a bunch of slaves thousands of years ago. We call upon You now to do the same for our community.  Please extend to us this blessing now in the hour of our need. Please remember how we as African American slaves were a blessing to the descendants of Abraham in accordance to Your promise in Genesis 12:3.  We are in dire need of this supernatural blessing.  No one can do this but You.  Thank You for keeping Your promise to us.

 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their  enemies.

Psalms 78:53 –

 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

Psalms 119:117 –

Please note I look forward to your comments.

Lucy Payne

Lucy