God Answers Prayer

By now the word is out that my family is moving to Maryland, after having been appointed as the new pastor of the Historic Saint John African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Md. Wow, what an honor and a privilege.

However, while I’m truly grateful for my pastoral appointment, I’m more grateful for another reason. I’m grateful for my son Maxwell. I’m grateful because, since Maxwell was born, everything my wife and I have done has largely been done with Maxwell in mind. We moved from Charlotte to Hampton Roads to be closer to family, in order that our family may help us care for Max. We purchased a condominium with two first floor bedrooms, so that our master bedroom could be in close proximity to Max and to eliminate going up and down the stairs. Last year, we purchased a minivan, in order that we may get it converted to be handicap accessible for Maxwell– a goal that we’re still working on. And now God has answered our prayers with a move to Maryland.

What’s so special about Maryland you ask?

Well, considering that Maryland is where I was born and raised, it’s always good to be home. More than that though, are the ways in which we hope Maxwell can benefit. While, we’ve appreciated the medical care that Max has received at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, we can’t help but think that he will receive better care with us living in Maryland. Between John Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore and Children’s National Hospital in D.C.; both being highly reputable hospitals, Erica and I feel as if Maxwell is in good hands because of the access he can potentially have to high quality physicians and specialists. While no hospital or medical group is perfect, we believe that God knew what we needed for Maxwell– God answers prayer!

In addition to quality healthcare, Maxwell has two boy cousins that are close in age to him– two cousins that show Max an abundance of love and compassion. Two cousins that are inquisitive and that have asked questions about Maxwell’s medical condition. Two cousins, that when I talk to them on the phone, always ask about Maxwell. Two cousins that are the brothers that Max has never had. Two brother-cousins that now live right down the road– God answers prayer!

Lastly, our family is grateful for Saint John A.M.E., because while we haven’t been able to meet the whole church yet; we have met a few of the members and we’re grateful for the love in which they’ve shown towards Maxwell thus far. As parents, Erica and I are always sensitive to the ways in which people treat Maxwell, so it makes our hearts glad, when people take the time to show love and compassions towards our son. We’re also grateful that the church is handicap accessible, which allows us to get Max in and out the church with ease, this is not the case with all churches. Needless to say, we believe that God knew where and what was best for our family and there is no doubt in my mind that– God answers prayer!

Oh and one more thing. Last year, we were supposed to drive to Orlando, Fl to take Maxwell to Disney World, but we ended up canceling the trip due to unforeseen circumstances. So instead, Erica and I decided to take Max up to Baltimore to visit the Dave and Busters, the Children’s Museum, and the Baltimore Aquarium. We spent the day in Baltimore, never anticipating, that a year later we would be calling the Baltimore area home– look at God!!!!

Justice is NOT for Sale

When reading 2 Samuel 21:4-6, I can’t help but think about what’s been going on in our country for the last 3 years or so, concerning the killing of black people. I can call the role, but I won’t, because sadly it’s too long and I don’t want to forget anyone.

But if you’ve been paying attention to the news of social media or the real news, you know the names of those killed, and unfortunately this is what happens; killer kills black person, killer doesn’t get charged, black people protest and create #hastags, killer gets charged, black people are satisfied, killer goes to trial, killer gets acquitted, black folk protest again and take to social media, victim’s family get awarded millions in civil suit.

 Now, I’m not saying this in a manner to by cynical or insensitive, but this is usually how it goes down in a nutshell. Right?

Anyway, read verses 4-6 of 2 Samuel 21,

They answered, “Our quarrel with Saul and his family can’t be settled with silver or gold, nor do we want to kill any Israelite.” ……….“What, then, do you think I should do for you?” David asked.  They answered, “Saul wanted to destroy us and leave none of us alive anywhere in Israel. So hand over seven of his male descendants, and we will hang them before the Lord at Gibeah, the hometown of Saul, the Lord’s chosen king.”………..“I will hand them over,” the king answered.

For me, God is teaching us that JUSTICE IS NOT FOR SALE! Not the, not now, nor should it ever be. Dr. King said it best, “Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere!” 

Long story short, we can’t allow people to be killed for a price tag and those that do the killings need to be held accountable and brought to justice, by any means necessary! Malcolm X said that!!

Stay Super, Make Mighty Move, Be Blessed,


Acts 27:9-26 Keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing!!

Too often in life, we place unnecessary and misplaced value on temporary possessions such as, clothes, cars, houses, family heirlooms, and money$$$$. The reality is, at any moment in our lives, we could lose the “things” we values to theft, fire, natural disaster, and misplacement. ANYTHING could happen against our will and then their gone forever!!

As a pastor, I’ve officiated and attended many funeral, but I’ve never seen the deceased be buried with their personal possessions! NEVER!!!

In this scripture, the Apostle Paul is being transported as a prisoner, on his way to Rome. Unfortunately, along the journey to Rome, they encounter a bad storm. Paul warns the Roman Soldier on board, that continuing into the storm, will eventually cause the ship to be destroyed, cargo lost, and loss of lives. They ignore Paul! However, one night on the ship, Paul has a dream and is told by an angel that, the ship and cargo will be lost, but lives will be saved!! 

Whats the takeaway?? I?n life, it’s crucial that we practice Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing!! That’s PEOPLE!! Everything was lost in this story, except for the lives of the people! Remember, in life, people always come before things!

Dear Lord, remind us to people first and to use our temporary possessions to build your kingdom on earth!