The poems below are the work of the congregation of Myrtle Baptist Church during Black History Month 2014. These brief works center around the themes of each week of worship services during the month of February. Submitted by members of the church and assembled by the Black History Committee, they are not just art but a testament to the richness of the creative spirit that finds expression in our united efforts to worship God and celebrate community.
February 2, 2014
WEEK ONE: COURAGE
What is faith but the courage to believe?
My Lord, I thank you for giving me the courage to live the life you presented for me.
Standing proudly on the foundation built by our ancestors.
February 9, 2014
WEEK TWO: RESILIENCE
We move forward resiliently as people
Every Winter we survive to see another spring. I remember looking at the word “Resilience” and thinking how it looked like “Re-SILENCE” and I said no, I won’t be “re-silenced” again, never again, when I have resilience
February 16, 2014
WEEK THREE: HEALING
Healing is not only for the mind, but also for the soul. Clear your body and enter a world full of enrichment.
Spiritual healing comes from within… with prayer, meditation…listening and hearing God’s word.
We can heal each other. It is the greatest thing we can do.
Healing takes time, I just wonder how long exactly
When grace and goodness gushes all over us – Love abides, Wholly, fully, unconditionally
February 23, 2014
WEEK FOUR: TRANSFORMATION
God is not through with us, not this year, or the next – a constant recreation
God mold me into who you would have me to be. Transform me into You
I can’t be defined if I’m always changing, I will always be a chameleon I guess. What
I don’t care about being black, African American, minority, whatever. I care about being human. I wish the world did too. I wish all we saw was human, that would be a new transformed world.
God took such a little baby and threw him into a world. He became a man known as Jesus and died for our sins. This man took whatever was thrown at Him, as our ancestors did, as we continue to do for generations to come
My Spirit is transformed and made new through God’s Grace. My ancestor’s pain and blood shed creates a foundation for my soul.
God can transform you right on time: Optimus Prime