Friday, December 3, 2010

Tribute to Sojourner Truth and Kwame Nkrumah

“The beauty of a woman is nothing to be taken lightly.”
During today’s lecture I was struck bluntly by the spirit of love. A woman so loved a man…a man so loved a woman…and so on. It was this spirit that carried the message and the honorable mention of these two great individuals to me.
As he spoke about Sojourner Truth and Kwame Nkrumah I was taken aback not by my appreciation, but rather my vision of the God in all of us. I say this because human beings have so many differences, so many variables that can cause division and animosity, yet when there is love we transcend our own flesh and soar; even to the point of physically carrying others to freedom.
Justice was the centering topic of the discussion, but I see no such thing as every existing; I do not believe in the concept of justice as an entity in its own. Do not be fooled by these words however into thinking that I am a hardened hearted individual who doesn’t believe in a concept because of the world’s cruelty, for my understanding is the quite opposite. I don’t see it because in my eyes and my heart ‘justice’ is just a side effect of love. As I sat absorbing information in this crowded auditorium I grew in my understanding of love and how it compels us to be just, merciful, and all the adjectives we so often use in our description of God. It is this God within us that shows itself when we truly love, seeking the best for others as we do ourselves, as Sojourner Truth and Kwame Nkrumah proved with their never-yielding pursuit of justice (love) and their infinite humanity.
I pray I will show such courage when faced with my great love and that it will be purged of its vanity and selfishness in order for me to be a light in the dark for all to see; in order for me to truly see our beauty and that of the world.

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