As I take the time that many do this time of year to reflect back over the previous year and make bold proclamations for the year to come. I cannot help but pause and lift my eyes to the hills from which cometh my help! 2017 was truly a roller coaster ride on all fronts. Let’s take a look…
Politics in 2017
A newly elected leader was chosen that no one, not even the elected official himself saw coming. Who knew that Donald Trump would somehow make his way behind the desk of the Oval Office as the 45th…enough said.
Let’s not mention all of the scandals that have unfolded before, during and since the elections…is this our United States Democracy or yet another poorly written season of The Apprentice?
Sexual Assault Survivors Speak Out
I have to say that I was proud of everyone who finally spoke out against their assailants. Even though many of them came as a surprise and some of them very disheartening. It is about time that survivors finally find their voice. No matter who you are, you have no right demeaning another human just because you feel that you wield some sort of power. Did I mention 45 had a few accusations (well nevermind).
Death by Cop
All I will say here is enough is enough…we need to get over the fears and the prejudices that are prompting the outrageous deaths and violence that we have been seeing and learn to embrace better solutions. I understand that not everyone who died at the hands of an officer was innocent and not every officer is bad…we have to come to a common ground otherwise there will be no lives left: black, blue or otherwise to matter.
Side note…taking a knee at football games had nothing to do with disrespecting the flag and the soldiers that fought for this country that we all hold near and dear 45…it has everything to do with operating within the rights and freedoms that the flag represents. So while you continue to make a mockery over the true meaning of democracy, you once again dim the light on the true purpose. Colin Kaepernick and others took a knee or chose to sit on the bench to protest police brutality.
Celebrities Gone too Soon
Lord you shot me in the pinky toe when we lost Della Reese (Touched by an Angel). Not to mention Earle Hyman (Cosby Show), Fats Domino (artist), Robert Guillaume (Benson), Tom Petty (artist), Monty Hall (Let’s Make a Deal), Hugh Hefner (Playboy), Jerry Lewis (comedian), Dick Gregory (Civil Rights advocate), Prodigy (rapper), Roger Moore (James Bond), Erin Moran (Happy Days), Cuba Gooding, Sr. (Cuba Gooding, Jr’s pop – he was an artist in his own right), Charlie Murphy (comedian/actor), Chuck Berry (artist), Mary Tyler Moore and many more, may they all rest in peace! I’m still mourning Prince from 2016…I can’t take no more!!! Purple rain…purple rain!!!
Let me make it a more personal reflection….
Wow…we have seen phenomenal changes and growth. Our beloved Pastor John taught us some POWERFUL and TIMELY messages that would be later needed! When he took a well deserved rest and sabbatical, we were entrusted in the more than capable hands of Pastor Roslyn Das who stepped up and soared! God is using her gifts and talents and taking her to new heights in Him! He has also unleashed an anointing over the congregation and we have been blessed to see the gifts of others come to the forefront. Members and leaders are stepping up behind the pulpit; congregants are taking leadership roles in connect groups; the gift of prophecy and Word of knowledge is being revealed; and those that considered themselves the least of them are truly becoming great! God is showing himself strong and it is only just beginning!
Baby fever is in the air so watch out because we have some up and coming leaders being birthed as we speak…LOL
My family has seen its share of victories and challenges in 2017. Michael and I have seen victory in weight loss and overall health. We celebrated our one year anniversary. Our families are welcoming us and each other into their hearts. Of course every marriage has its share of growing pains but that’s a part of the two becoming one. We have had our share of laughs with Wanya as he learns to drive…pray our strength in the Lord! (LOL) But we have also seen our share of struggles as Tiana had her own personal struggles and health scares. However, even in this, we rejoice because we know that we are more than conquerors! No matter what we endure, we endure it together as a family and that alone gives us victory!!! This was her year of trials, but it says to me that it was her year of drawing closer to the Lord, and in that my heart finds joy. I believe that 2018 will truly be her year of discovery and transformation…old things will pass away and behold all things will become new!!!
So all in all, 2017 gave us it’s share of ups and downs but such is life. God never promised us that everyday would have sunshine. Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us:
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Goodnight 2017…I bid you ado…as I embark into what is to be in 2018. I hear God telling me that 2018 needs to be lived Out Loud, Intentionally and On Purpose. With that being said, I will be purposeful about all that I do, all that I say and all that I become! You ain’t seen nothing yet!!! Healthier, wealthier and wiser in 2018!!!