Am i my brother’s keeper?

“I declare, unequivocally and undeniably, that I am my brother’s keeper; that which affects one of us, affects all of us. We are inextricably connected.”

Reverend John H. Moore

@RevJohnMoore1

The Bible tells us the story of Cain and Abel; “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, that Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and slew him. And the Lord said to Cain, “Where is thy brother?”

Cain replied, “I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” –Genesis 4:8

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, peace and blessings to you all. In the last few days I have had a serious conversation with the great Twitter-Pastor-Reverend John H. Moore and we talked about being our brother’s and our sister’s keeper. Two days I reflected on this concept of empathy and I did wonder is this idea so difficult to understand? These last five years I have embraced this beautiful thing called empathy; empathy for those in distress that I have the power to help. Each morning that God blesses me with the breathe of life I remind myself that my ambition is to walk in the light of Christ and so doing I must be, my brothers keeper. So many claim to love Jesus and to know Him yet they watch a homeless sister rummaging through a garbage can looking for something to eat. They do nothing. James Baldwin said,

“I can’t believe what you say because I see what you do.”

Where is your empathy brother? Those without empathy do not know the love of Jesus. A man, a young man stands at the front door of Walmart asking for change to get something to eat. His clothes are filthy, his hands are caked with dirt, his shoes are thin bare to the sole.

What do you do? Is the distress of this young man somebody else’s problem? Do you walk in the light of Christ? Are you, your brother’s keeper?

I saw a man in great distress, you saw him too! This man was on the ground face down and a policeman had his knee on the neck of my brother and we watched from afar helplessly as the breathe of life was choked out of him. There were many people who stood only a few feet away from George Floyd as his life was being taken from him. Everybody there had a cell phone, all the men there had a cell phone, yet none of them filmed the crime as it was happening. Thank God for this girl, Oh God! This seventeen-year old girl named Danella Frazier, this courageous girl took out her cell phone and she recorded the killer from the start to the finish even though she had been warned to stop filming the killer-Derek Chauvin, she would not stop filming. She did not falter, she did not back down, she did not back away, instead she leaned into her brother in distress. Her spirit proclaimed to all the world:

I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER!

I feel so sorry for those men who did not pull out their cell phones, they did NOT lean into our brother faced down on the ground; no they stood there like helpless children. In my mind, they failed the test of being a man.

“A man who does not have something for which he is willing to die is not fit to live.”–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Darnella Frazier like the noble Rosa Parks has been placed into the history books for all time. This girl, this fearless girl, this empath of spirit now only eighteen-years old has a Pulitzer Prize for being her brother’s keeper.

I tell you the truth, God watches everything we do, He watches how we treat each other and God rewards us accordingly. Darnella Frazier is an inspiration to me from now until the end of days. She best exemplifies the ever present question:

AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?

Let’s lean into each other with the love of Christ.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

Tammie Creed A Star Child Among Us

“Tammie is my bliss. I can and have told her all my everything’s. She’s the guardian of all my truths. To say I love her is a disservice to how high I hold her in my heart.” –Mrs. Brewer

@Usedtobebrewer

Tammie Creed

Tammie Creed is someone I follow on Twitter and she is really a seriously fascinating woman. Her post on Twitter are bold, smart, creative and her quick wit has no equal. I have interviewed Tammie Creed twice and I am still astonished by her genius. During my very first interview with Tammie I asked her a very puzzling question that no one has ever been able to answer.

The question was:

“Why is the word abbreviation such a long word?”

Tammie laughed.

“To remind us how nice short cuts are.”

This woman blew my mind!

Tammie Creed has all the traits and signs of the Indigo Child, some may ask, what is an Indigo Child? Indigo Children are highly intelligent children who are believed to possess special, unusual supernatural traits and abilities. They all possess an enormous capacity for empathy. Tammie Creed has all the traits and then some, because she has a strong intuition, high self value, questions authority, creative mind, change maker, loyal beyond measure to her friends, headstrong and highly spiritual-empath.

These are all the personality traits of an Indigo Child, Native Americans would simply call Tammie Creed a Star Child.

Tammie Creed is perhaps my most cherished inspiration her mind is so sharp and creative and I often lift ideas from her for many of my essays and other writings. Tammie is also my great benefactor here on Twitter as she made a call to action on my behalf and I received over 300 new followers in less than a month.

Tammie Creed is a friend that is a wonderful gift, that we give ourselves.

“Tammie is simply the Best! Beauty, Fire and intelligence!” –Kevin Todd Porter

“Tammie’s friendship, loyalty, and love are among the most beautiful gifts Twitterverse has given me.” –Marianne Smith

Follow Tammie Creed @tlccourville

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

Kimberly Craig, a profile of a remarkable woman

“Change starts within ourselves.” –Kimberly Craig

Kimberly Craig

I must acknowledge my dear friend Tammie Creed for introducing me to this remarkable woman Kimberly Craig. Tammie Creed wherever you are, please accept my enormous gratitude for sharing this wonderful gift of a friend.

I have been following Kimberly Craig on Twitter for more than a year now and I find myself going to her Twitter page first thing in the morning to pick up some wonderful motivational message. The messages Kimberly provides each day are so refreshing and makes you think how happy it is to be alive in this moment on this day. I think Kimberly is truly one of the most fascinating points of light on Twitter, this is why I had to ask her to do this interview with me.

You can follow Kimberly on Twitter

@TheEcleticMix1

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Good afternoon, Kimberly, and thank you for granting me this interview today.

First question:

Q.) Where were you on 9/11?

A.) When the unfathomable tragedy of 9/11 began to unfold I was at my doctor’s office for a yearly checkup. The doctor’s along with the staff and patients stood frozen and numb around several TV’s in the office. Like everyone, the evil and devastation of that day will forever be seared into my heart and mind. And with the 9/11 anniversary only a few days away, my heart goes out to the first responders as well as family and friends who lost loved ones. May their memories forever serve as blessings.

Q.) When you find yourself struggling, is there a go-to quote that lifts your spirits?

A.) Actually there are several things that bring comfort depending on the struggle. The Serenity Prayer is one, asking myself what am I supposed to learn from this? A walk exploring the outdoors, or simply sitting in solitude, being out in nature grounds and centers me.

Q.) What’s your relationship with The King Center in Atlanta?

A.) For as far back as I can remember I’ve been drawn to the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King. The King Center’s continued courage and commitment to create lasting social change through nonviolence made it easy for me to take the pledge, “Be Love” and join the Beloved Community. And may I just say, that Dr. Bernice King is one of my heroes. I follow her on Twitter and everyday she delivers some major truths and wisdom. Love her fiery and courageous spirit!

Q.) What were your favorite subjects in high school?

A.) International Relations and Journalism.

Q.) Who were your heroes as a high school student?

A.) I’ll have to say Mother Teresa, Jane Pittman, Anne Frank, to name a few. My greatest hero was my mother who grew up poor, and raised two daughters as a single parent.

Q.) What is your favorite book?

A. ) I’ve read so many great books throughout the years. Top of my list are The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale and Leading With Integrity by Pat Williams.

Q.) Can we expect a book from you in 2022?

A.) That’s the goal, I’m working hard to make it happen and when it does I’ll be shouting from the rooftop.

Q.) What’s the best investment you’ve ever made?

A.) The absolute best investment I ever made was taking in my nephew, who was 10 at the time,to raise. Love him, now 32, love him more than anything!

Q.) Do you have a favorite movie?

A.) So many fabulous movies to choose from, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Casablanca, Steel Magnolias, The Color Purple, are only a few.

Q.) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

A.) Anywhere there’s water you would fine me in my Happy Place.

Q.) If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere in St. Petersburg, Florida with anything on it, what would it say?

A.) “Be The Change That You Wish To See In The World” –Mahatma Gandhi … … I’d love to see that quote plastered on every billboard in every community to serve as a reminder of our responsibility to take action to create everlasting change. Change starts from within ourselves. So I want to see more love.

Q.) What’s your favorite vacation memory?

A.) Aww, my favorite vacation memory was taking my nephew on his first real vacation in the Bahamas. Watching him experience the wonders of a new world, priceless!

Q.) If I owned a bakery and you came in to purchase a cake and I told you all I had were two cakes. A Lemon cake and a Louisiana Crunch, which one would you purchase?

A.) Well, Charles, while I do enjoy a nice slice of Lemon cake, I’d have to choose the Louisiana Crunch, since I’ve never heard of that, much less tasted it, and being a woman who loves trying new things, bring it on please.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

RAINBOWS…

In Greek mythology, Iris, goddess of the rainbow sent messages from heaven to earth. Rainbows are more than a spectacular mix of colors painted after the rains. Rainbows are God speaking to us, yes, God is reminding us of His promise made to us so long ago. Many are familiar with the biblical story of Noah and the Ark. We are told that God made it rain 150 days and 150 nights there by flooding the whole earth and in doing so all living things would perish in the flood. After this God spoke to Noah and told him of the Rainbow,and then God placed the Rainbow in the sky as a promise to never to flood the earth again.

Today when we behold this marvel in the sky called Rainbow, God is speaking to us and He shows us again His enormous love and beauty, in the Rainbow.

The scientific explanation for Rainbows:

Rainbows are the result of sunlight bending through raindrops. This bending, called refraction, occurs when light passes through the water in the air.

What scientist cannot explain:

It is physically impossible to walk under a Rainbow.

Rainbows literally exist only in the eyes of the observer.

God speaks to us individually and universally and His promise–Rainbow

is too wonderful even for words.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

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