Due to my demeanor, tone, and propensity for echoing the phrase “That is not logical.” with no sense of irony I was referred to as Spock more than once in my youth. As I did then I offer that compassion is a central requirement for a rational conclusion, but fleeting emotions have no place. Emotion will often (admittedly not always) lead to a detachment from our better mental faculties which can lead to conjuring up solutions to long term issues with a short term perspective.
Anyone with eyes to see and a mouth to speak can spot and announce a problem, but it takes individuals with a sound mind and a focused spirit to move on past there to address and correct the problem.
by Eric L. Woods as presented to the Durham District Lay Council Dr. F. George Shipman Scholarship Program held at Holland Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church on 05/19/2012
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
“The best is yet to come.”
“First, politics is the process by which we in a democracy create laws from our beliefs. Second, politics is the process of determining who gets how much of the whats, wheres, and hows in five areas: income, education, health care, housing, and justice…
On that bright spring day in 1957, at a time when civil rights activists were focused upon the efficacy of action in the courts, the prayer rooms, and the streets of America, Dr. King pointed the way to the efficacy of action in the voting booths. If we go to the polls to vote, he said, then we can elect people who understand our beliefs—and who will create public policy and practice from that understanding. And the vote gives us power: We have a say in what goes where, and how, in those five essential elements of living.
“Give us the ballot,” he said.”
The Honorable Walter E. Fauntroy
“Give Us The Ballot” Introduction,
“A Call To Conscience”, Martin Luther King, Jr.
An arrangement for The Lord’s Prayer that has been on my mind the last couple of days.