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Preserved – A Purpose 27 Years in the Making

27 years ago, I had what I thought was the perfect job when I worked for an African American bookstore in San Antonio.   Not only did I get to satisfy my love of reading but I also got to satisfy my love of all things African American.   We sold books but we also sold art, clothes, and jewelry and I …

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Preserved – Witness Without Regrets

It was my habit to take notes of my former pastor’s sermons (late Dr. Jerome McNeil, Jr) as a way for me to remember his inspiring thoughts.   I remember once struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of his words then he said three words that made me stop writing mid sentence.   He said that we should be “witnesses …

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Preserved by Purpose: Spiritual PTSD and Life After Warfare

The recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown that sometimes the hardest thing to deal with isn’t just the battle in a war but might be what happens afterwards.     As a result, the news is full of stories of soldiers and their families who have struggled to transition back to normal life after the life changing trauma of war. …

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Preserved by Purpose – Salsa for the Soul

“The key to salsa dancing is knowing how to lead and knowing how to follow.  Ladies, even if you don’t know where your partner is going. Don’t watch his feet..just follow his movements…even if you don’t know where he is going.”  When I heard this phrase during Salsa dancing lessons at a restaurant in my hometown of San Antonio a …

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Preserved by Purpose: A Spoonful of Sugar

“A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down….in a most delightful way” are lyrics from one of my favorite songs from the Mary Poppins movie soundtrack.     Maybe it’s because I have a sweet tooth and believe that EVERYTHING is better with chocolate, but I’ve always thought there was an interesting truth in that phrase.    I’ve just always like the …

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Preserved – Living by Plan G

“Have a Grace Day!” was a small word of encouragement that I texted to a friend a few weeks of ago.  I meant to send “Have a great day” but thought it was a “sign” when “great” auto-corrected to “grace.”   However, I realize that having a “grace” day might mean not following my original plans. I’ll admit that I like …

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Preserved – Wakanda Forever

“Show them who you are!” were words shouted by Ramonda (Angela Bassett) to T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) early in the blockbuster movie Black Panther.  By themselves, these words appear to be strong words of encouragement that any mother would say to her child if she saw that he or she were in a difficult situation.    In the case of T’Challa, he …

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Preserved by Purpose: Living in the Overflow

“Them those got shall get; them that’s not shall lose,” are words sung so sweetly by the late Billie Holiday that can apply to our current economic situation.  With so many people struggling to find work and pay bills, it’s amazing to hear how some people have gotten even richer during these hard times.    According to Robert C. Lieberman, Professor …

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Preserved – Miracles in the Desert

Fear and uncertainty are the two most common emotions that are expressed when people share how the new year 2018 makes them feel.  Our current president is known more for the many lies he tells than for passing any significant legislation since taking office.   In addition, with an increase in acts of racial violence, others say that our country is …

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Preserved by Purpose: Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That

“I woke up to get me a cold pop and I thought somebody was barbecuing.   I said ‘Oh Lord Jesus!   It’s a fire!’ Then I ran out.   I didn’t grab my shoes or nothin’…I ran for my life…I got bronchitis.   Ain’t nobody got time for that!”    When I first heard these words by the internet sensation floral head scarf and …

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