FAITH/IMANI A Historical Perspective
Historical Perspective of Kwanzaa
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Faith Once You Have It Nothing Can Shake You, Quake It And Only God’s Force Can Take You!
“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword and spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the deliver thee into my mind hand, and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee, and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know there is a God in Israel.”
The last day of Kwanzaa honors the principle that must be the foundation or the rock that runs within each one of us. It binds us against the harsh winds of life that sometimes will place obstacles in our path of individual and community growth. Just as David faced his demons with the faith that somehow, someway his God would shield him from his enemies. David faced insurmountable odds, yet he had a faith level that was as high as the skies above him. That is what Imani(Faith) is all about it is the resolute desire that when all the odds are seemingly against you. All one has to do is search within themselves and reach for power that ascertains each of our abilities to rise above all our circumstances and defeat the challenges that confront us. I truly believe that “our” fought against incredible odds that included bigotry, hatred, oppression, repression, depression, regression, violent evil intentions, and unheard of inhumane actions; yet they had within them the capacity to stand the storm and evil winds of a society hellbent on their destruction to not break from the bounds of faith. That faith held each of them together who had it and lessened the pain when events took away from them loved ones lost in the struggle for human, civil, judicial and social rights. So as we look around our blighted communities on this first day of 2017. We all must search for our own degree of FAITH and we must assist those in finding their level of faith. No matter how minuscule that level may be it can be elevated, heightened and magnified to shine brightly within us. That is why the seventh day focuses on FAITH because it is FAITH that will move that mustard seed of doubt and belief in self to a gigantic mountain of believing in hopefulness that nothing can stop our eventual progression towards the greatness that is due us. There will continue to be rocky roads or obstacles but belief in unity, self-determined effort, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, unyielding purpose, creative thought and action, tied to the faith in ourselves and others will secure the desired results. We will indeed overcome and the day will come when all of God’s children will seek love, not hate and truly build the community of man. That was I feel the original purpose of Kwanzaa it was meant to build a humane driven society. Let’s all reach for those principles each and every day we live.
When all those around you say it’s a waste
Heck, even your family leaves you with a bad taste
That’s when you had better make haste
You see you have to be the one who leads this dream chase
That’s why the most important theme is for YOU to keep faith
You see, YOU, are the most important cog in this here race
So make sure that you stand firmly and solidly in place
Don’t let disbelievers spin YOUR dreams aimlessly out in space
There are those who would love to see your brain encased in thick mace
However stay around those you believe YOU are becoming an ACE.
So remember to score and soar realizing your dreams your indeed make you ROAR
You can defeat those Goliath’s that come at you with just a little more faith
The caravan inside you indeed keeps your dreams safe
Those barking dogs once defiant don’t stop you from being self-reliant
The words that they utter don’t have to make you stutter
Or make your dreams melt like hot butter
You see the life that you are living
Makes it possible for you to start giving
You see that dead lion over there you are certainly outliving
Find folks who believe and stay away from all that deceive
It’s vital that you perceive or your dreams well you will grieve
You have been caught by those nasty dream thieves
Finally, please affirm it will assure your inner self that you have confirmed
That dream YOU hold is not infirmed it is gonna go and be met long-term.
You have just been REAFFIRMED and CONFIRMED.
So just remember the importance of focused alignment
It will protect against any destructive dream malignment
I really hope that these seven days has brought a smile and snicker. I hardly drank any liquor and I damn sure didn’t want anyone to bicker. You see COMMUNITY BUILDING is the kicker. The fact of the matter is I believe it will also prolong your internal ticker you certainly won’t be close to being mentally or socially sicker. Let’s make this year the year that black bodies are left standing and humanity and love of each other are all that we are demanding. So have a great remainder of the week and I do hope you enjoyed my week of celebrating my historical interpretation of Kwanzaa during its 50th anniversary.