Saturday, September 17, 2005

WORD Week 09-18-2005 Help Is On The Way!

Psalm 121

1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


Apathy, depression, depravation, injustice, oppression, obstruction, persecution, suffering, and posttraumatic stress are all pandemic major events that plague the lives of innocent, empathic, and faith-abiding people on a daily bases. It is a rarity, via the media, that we witness prospects of hopefulness, civility, justice, tolerance, concern for one's neighbor, and compassion as an acutely essential stitch of the fabric that makes us human.

Olaudah Equiano known as Gustavus Vassa, the African who lived in the eighteenth century (1745-1797) was thoroughly acquainted with pandemic sufferings such as those aforementioned. Though the circumstances and the occurrence of time are, on some level, different, the pathos and its capacity to crush the spirit, the worth, the dignity, and the hope of a man and/or woman are ever present and pervades the parameters of chronological time even to the present time.

Olaudah Equiano was Kidnapped from his native land of African at the age of eleven, sold in to slavery, taken from Africa, to Barbados, from Barbados to Virginia, from Virginia to the waters of the Maritime Provinces of Canada, and from Canada to England, France, Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and on an expedition to the Arctic.

Though his journey enabled him to encounter a world broader then this imagination had dared dream, his journey was fraught with suffering, oppressive conditions, and the inhumane treatment of thousands of Africans who stories and pathos are still unknown and spoken at the present time. Olaudah encountered, via intimate proximity, the degradation and desecration of humanity in its most brutal form in the treatment of the African and African American. In his narrative entitled The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, he recounts and recapitulates in graphic detail the circumstances, the inhumane conditions, and the pathos of thousands of Africans and African American who were the recipients of the boundless consequences of oppression, racism, greed, bad theology, skewed democracy, and malevolent pandemic narcissism in the development of the what we know today as the United States.

Despite the presence of apathy, depression, depravation, injustice, oppression, obstruction, persecution, suffering, and posttraumatic stress which were pandemic major events that plagued the lives of innocent, empathic, and faith-abiding people on a daily bases in the eighteen hundreds, Gustavus Vassa, the African, became the first Commissary of Provisions and Stores for the Black Poor going to Sierra Leone. He reports early on accustomed himself to look at the hand of GOD in the minutest occurrences, and sought to learn from it the lesson that "what makes an event important, is that by it observation we become better, wiser, and learn to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly before GOD." The African reminds us to TRUST GOD not the circumstance and to be transformed for the work of goodness! This requires courage!

In PSALM 121: 1-8 David offers us direction in times such as these a prescription and regiment that will assist us in adhering to the FAITH and SPIRIT that not only provides us with the ability to persevere, but the capacity and impetus to conquer. David invites us to look to the hills from whence cometh our help as our help cometh from the Lord.

David's provocation and invocation are more then just merely statements, but are, in actuality, a petition for each of us to reserve enough faith and trust not only in GOD, but the slow and steady process and hand of GOD. When David invites us to look to the hills from whence cometh our help as our help cometh from the Lord, he, in essence, is reminding you and me to step not away from, but outside of our condition, circumstance, dilemma, situation, and suffering just long enough to enable us to focus on a force of spectacular brilliance and splendor whose power is so much larger than you, me, and/or any of the circumstances which we encounter or fathom to imagine!

David, reminds us that we can achieve true triumph by looking up towards the heavens to be reminded of a loving, compassionate, and omnipotent GOD who never sleeps nor slumbers; a loving,compassionate, and omnipotent GOD who will not allow the terrors of the day nor the terrors of the night to obliterate us; a loving, compassionate, and omnipotent GOD who will watch over our coming in and going out of the circumstances of life and who desires to see about you!

Beloved: Your Help Is On The Way!

K. Mason
(c) 2005
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