May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion; May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose. We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners!
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright. Save, LORD! May the King answer us when we call. Psalm 20:1-7 NKJV
We all remember things–the good, the bad, the ugly, the happy, the sad, the mournful, and as long as we live–we shall accumulate memories. What shall we remember?
Will we remember the history of the land and how we came to be?
Will we remember fighting for independence from England in the Revolution?
Will we remember fighting for freedom for those taken from their native land and kept in slavery? Could we forget how the natives of this land were treated–murdered, and cheated out of the very land in which we live?
Will we remember the hate that lynched and burned crosses, burned down houses and the rape of women of color who gave birth to a lighter race–sometimes exalted, but yet hated because their color was a constant reminder of the father who raped?
Will we remember the laws passed to separate and keep a person of color from quenching their thirst from “any and all water fountains” or having to use the great outdoors because they were not allowed to use the “indoor facilities” because of hate?
Will we remember how school systems deplored and denied a quality education for all, but gave the schools of color the leftovers–battered and torn–barely able to use?
Will we remember the protests and fights for equality for women as well as the men of color who others hated and feared?
Will we remember the injustices suffered with no recourse to legal remedy by those who were treated like they were less than human beings?
Will we remember how just about every invention, considered a convenience, was created by a black man or woman, but never acknowledged until recent years?
Will we remember how this country prospered and grew under the hands of those who yielded a whip and kept men, women, and children starving in order to enrich themselves?
Will we remember how political parties shifted and evolved–first Republicans agreeing that slavery and all that hate was wrong, but now has turned full circle and we’re back to where things used to be?
Will we remember how insolence and arrogance laid the foundations to bringing down buildings–the towers in New York, brought damage to the Pentagon, and how the capitol was saved with the sacrifice of the lives of others who said, “they would rather go down dying than see our country destroyed?”
Will we remember the invasion of another country, Iraq–ignited by lies and vengeance–that has led to thousands of lives being lost and nothing really gained?
Will we remember that trickle-down economics (attempted before under Reagan) has never worked well for anyone other than those who are already rich?
Will we remember when Republicans left the White House and the country in a mess, and Democrats went in–cleaning up after them–making tough decisions for all–in spite of opposition?
Will we remember a time when there was a surplus in the treasury, when Bill Clinton left office, but soon after the surplus was emptied and a war started and now the country is still in trillions of dollars of debts?
Will we remember how the economy was headed off a cliff and somehow–though most of the haters won’t agree, President Obama stepped in and helped to save the auto industry, jobs and families?
Will we remember the progressive changes that most of us won’t condone, but understand in the end–God will judge each of us for what we do–not others?
Will we remember the hatred and disrespect displayed towards the first Black President, who was elected by all races of people?
Will we remember the snide and nasty comments directed at his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama who never did anything other than help a nation overcome adversity with obesity?
Will we remember–all the thoughtless things said and done to undermine the President’s ability to help the nation, but was obstructed by a Congress who hated because of his color, and were jealous of his intelligence?
Will we remember–when we had a chance to elect a woman–hated by many for no reason, but who could have turned things around for the better for all–many chose to elect ignorance and arrogance, narcissism and racism, hatred and bigotry in the megalomaniac who does not understand government or protocols established to keep our nation safe?
Will we remember–when others tried to warn us of impending danger, but we chose to ignore it and allowed the state of the country and the fate of all its people to be decided by a group of people who only plan to pursue their own agenda to take us backwards instead of forward and will do nothing but encourage more hate?
Will we remember? Well, will we?
If we do not learn from the mistakes of the past, we are doomed to repeat them and it would appear that we are about to enter the phase of repetition where only the rich and white will prevail.
I’m thanking God for being the God of all creation, no matter the color our skin or what language we speak or what religion we believe–for not being a man that He should lie and we know–we can count on Him to bring us through to the other side. I’m thanking Him for the angels of protection He has already assigned and for keeping them watchful and alert, ready to warn of dangers seen and unseen. I’m thanking Him for victory in the name of Jesus and all that’s holy for keeping us in the fight for justice and equality for all.
No matter what happens with all there is to come–Jesus is the answer–and we know from deep within, victory is ours and when we call upon Him, He will answer. God is love and love trumps hate–every time!