When I was younger watching Dallas with my grandfather on a Friday night, I never understood why my grandmother would break out into a song. She would hop on our old rickety piano singing old hymns that would stir her soul. My grandfather would encourage her to continue singing all the while, signaling my older brother to turn the volume up on the tv. The louder J.R. got on the television, the louder my grandmother sang. Writing this, I am giggling because this would cause a small spat between my grandparents. I had no idea of the valuable lessons they were teaching me during these moments.
Now as an adult, I find myself breaking out in hymns at the most random times. I can be washing dishes or watching Rupaul's Drag Race. Singing these old songs encourages my spirit, something I so desperately need at this moment. With everything going on the world from social distancing to brewing political unrest, it is old spiritual songs that are comforting my spirit.
The memories of my grandparents serve as a reminder that I am in the world, but I am not a part of this world. What does this mean? It means that I embrace that I am different. I cling to my old baptist upbringing. I love that I am a church girl and Jesus chick. When others are panicking & protesting in the streets, I am in my house praying and uplifting others through my social media platforms. I am reminded of the fervent prayers of the righteous availeth much. More than ever, people need prayer. People are looking for someone with a little song in their heart to disrupt their regular schedule program.
See, I don't bash people over the head with my Jesus message. I allow my light to shine. I choose to be nice because it's the right thing to do. Even during personal trials, I choose not to dim my light. I believe God gifted me to enlighten people to live a life of joy.
Ok, here is where I impart some wisdom into your life.
As you binge-watch your favorite shows, attend DNICE’s #clubquarantine, don’t forget to feed your spirit. Continue your quiet times in the morning, attend online church, & gather with friends on zoom to pray. Let your joy sing out and light so shine!
I love you and hope to hug you real soon.