By Greg Silverthorne
“But allow me to offer a little bit of hope, a reminder of what the soul actually is and how it is constructed and valued.
It is not external, it is internal. It is not made, it is given. It is not earned, it is instilled. It is not of humanity, it is of God.
And as such, it is not subject to the changing winds of culture or politics. It is more stable, more lasting, and more resilient than anything else we possess”. [Emphasis added]
As I approached the 3rd anniversary of this blog (Sept 21, 2016), I had envisioned an Anniversary Series beginning in late September – and ending by December 21st. So much for my grand plans. Smile.
On December 20th I published a post that captured a lot of what had happened on and since the November 8th Elections. “When Hate Arrives, Silence is Tacit Approval” One Man’s Story” was surely an example of faith in action!
The results of the Elections exactly 2 months ago, and many events (good and bad) since then, caused me to postpone the launch of the Series – to mid-January. The silence is tacit approval post, along with the first post of 2017 (“Sermon Says: Hopefulness, God’s Presence, and Racial Harmony”), are posts I felt deeply called to do. The young Priest , Rev. Noah Van Niel, featured in the Sermon Says post is a phenomenally eloquent and empathetic man of God! The words that led this post are from that Sermon by the way. When I first read the Sermon he delivered -the Sunday after Elections- I was immediately moved . . . and knew I had to share his profound perspective on the soul as a Christian’s stronghold.
While I’ve written in the last 3+ years on topics beyond spiritual encouragement and Gospel music, like worklife/career issues, I’ve generally avoided blogging on politics. Notice the tag cloud in the right sidebar. I haven’t done a lot of deep blogging on race issues. However, the events of the last 2 months, including some enlightening dialogues (and deep self reflection), have been unlike anything I’ve experienced in my 55 ½ years on this planet as an African-American! As bad as things look at times, I trust that ‘all things will work together for the good’ (Romans 8:28). I trust that God will keep being a Way Maker, and not forsake me, you, or any abiding Christian.
- Silver linings? Yes. I’ve personally seen, and helped others see, the racial dynamic of the US in a more nuanced way. As well I’ve seen some extraordinary actions that caused me to NOT loss faith in humanity; my faith in God remains changed! So, in the words of the late Maya Angelou, I will -from time to time- be a ‘trailing wisp of glory’ in shining light on a dark place in America – race relations. I have accepted your assignment God!
That said, I will continue to blog about Christian assurance, gospel music, worklife issues, and spiritual encouragement & empowerment.
- I will publish a post that I first envisioned just after Labor Day next weekend. The story behind a lead singer for the Mississippi Mass Choir (Mosie Burks) is one I love! Like Tiffany Joy (singing “Amazing” with Ricky Dillard), Burks is an anointed singer with an intriguing life story.
Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way