I will not be Silent

"Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity.
But silence is impossible.
Silence screams.
Silence is a message,
just as doing nothing is an act.
Let who you are ring out & resonate
in every word & every deed.
Yes, become who you are.
There’s no sidestepping your own being
or your own responsibility.
What you do is who you are.
You are your own comeuppance.
You become your own message.
You are the message.”

~Leonard Peltier

painting “Big Mountain Lady” by Leonard Peltier

Not everyone would agree with what I have to say but these are the things I have to say at this point and time in my life. I have lived a hard and lonely life in order to put aside beliefs and wants that the general public believes to be desirable. I have been wrong in many respects and have been correct in others. I have seen what so called desirable behavior has done to this world and wish not follow that path.
  The other day a native elder came up to me in the drop-in with the slight odor of alcohol on his breath but he was not staggering. He looked at me with a strange glare. It was as though he was looking straight into my soul, then he spoke.
   "You teach them" he said and then paused. This haggard looking gentleman then went on to say that he taught them, but looked away as the words escaped his mouth, it seemed as though he was ashamed. Looking once again into my eyes he carried on, "you teach them, tell them we're all the same. doesn't matter... white, black or native... rich or poor, you teach them." I sat looking up and wondering what was the reason behind this half inebriated elders speech of encouragement. He glanced around the room at the rest of the patrons, turned his attention back to me and added, "I see you have a good heart... teach them brother." then walked away.
  Now I don't know if he's heard about my blog from others on the street or had seen the address posted on the board a while back, which tends to disappear from time to time. I don't even know if the others have even read my stories because nobody says anything about it, other than the workers I talk with. I didn't recognize this man and am not sure if I've seen him before but I do know this. God had sent him... for every once in a while we all need a little affirmation of the direction we are headed in and at that very instant, I needed to hear what he had to say. I get a lot of nice comments and kudos here and there but half the time I'm not sure if it's just friends being nice or people having pity on a homeless writer. Though something like this elder coming up to me as he did is hard to dismiss as simple kindness and/or coincidence. Thank you Father.
   There is so much in this world that our Lord does not have to involve Himself with because He is God... but He does just the same because... He is God. He is a loving and generous, and so much more than you or I could ever understand. I have given up so many possessions many times because I know that that is not what is important in life. I have also given up on living as society dictates just for this same reason... and so that I may sit right here, right now and tell you something.

Mark 12:28-31 says;

King James Version (KJV)
28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

 We are all the same who walk this earth, young or old, rich or poor. It doesn't matter what color skin you bare or the religion you prescribe to, we are all children of the same creator. Some of us may be a little misled in some areas of our lives but that does not mean that God loves us any less. His ways are above our ways, as it is written.  Love everyone equally my friends, show them that God loves them, show me how much you love me and I will show you a smile which you'd might just remember all of your days. 
  I don't know exactly where this road will take us, I just know that we must keep moving forward and that I must keep writing and speaking to you what's on my heart. So I will keep on writing no matter how many may agree or disagree with what I write. I will tell you though that I will do my best to write with Love in mind.

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  1. I strongly feel the same things. I also believe God does send those messengers to remind us of where we should be looking. Keep following your heart and of course keep writing about it.

    Just know that I am not saying this to be nice, it does come from my heart. I too struggle with going against the social norms, I refuse to not be authentic to my own heart even though there are many who are not always who they say they are. I will try to be respectful and I always try to look at things with a loving heart, especially when I struggle to like them. I sometimes have to remind myself that God created them too.

  2. Johnny, you have a beautiful heart! I know I may not always tell you things like that, but I should. You do go against the norms and that is what I love about you (at least most of the time. lol). You have taught me many valuable insights. God works mightily through you!


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