Will work for food…spiritual food that is

I haven’t written in a while, and really am not sure why not. I constantly have blog topics but I think lately I had become frustrated with the lack of tangible recognition from me writing. I know some people visit here out of support as friends/close acquaintances but I it seemed as if wasn’t generating any new followers or if I were my stuff wasn’t intriguing enough for people to comment.

Today it hit me after reading the most current post from a blogger that I have always admired from afar @dcdistrictdiva and found comfort in seeing her talk about her experience of being in the city of Paris in her blog Truly, God is in Paris ,I realized that you may never know who is in need of inspiration or a comforting word, and I can’t worry about the number of views or amount of comments that come from my personal expressions. As with being a good person, you may not always get the pat on the back or the celebratory good job award; rest assured that there is someone out there that is now feeling better about their situation because you took the time to be transparent about the things that are happening in your life.  God has given us all light to shine in dark places and it does no one any good if you refuse to push the power button to ignite it. And I use that analogy specifically because it speaks to another twitter conversation I saw on @terracarissa timeline. Yes we all pray/wish/hope for things but at some point you must do something as well. “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:26) and to take it further, a man that does not work does not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10)… and eating for many is being able to taste prosperity, joy, happiness, success in life. I know for so long I was that person that prayed to God for things but forgot one key component and that was to act on the opportunities He presented.

Even in writing this I am having my Oprah “ah ha” moment and there is an awakening within to write this (even while in the middle of the work day) and maybe my proverbial “work” could be in my writing and being more consistent in it and maybe then some of my own prayers will MANIFEST because they have already been answered, I just haven’t seen them how God needs me to.

DEAR GOD 2.0

First I would like to say Happy Holidays; where did 2010 go??? ‘Tis the season for family and friends and Love not necessarily about things bought in store…

Anyways I had been considering doing a blog for a while on one of my favorite songs but the utterance to post letter from a broke brother took precedent in my heart. The song is Dear God 2.0 by the Roots from their latest release “How I got over” Over the years I can say that I have always appreciated The Roots and their talents as musicians/hip hop pioneers, but it wasnt until I heard their latest release, this song in particular, that I fell in love with their music.
There have been many who have argued the theory that Hip Hop is nothing more than the devils portal to our community and that nothing good comes of it. But never, not even in some “gospel” songs, have I seen a true display of personal worship as I saw within the lyrics of this song. As my growth in spirituality has increased, I have gotten a greater level of understanding in the different types of Christian music, (it also helps having one of the greatest praise leaders in the world in Minister Corey Bradley, I love that man for his willingness to and obedience to hear God and create a great atmosphere to usher in Gods presence) The most important thing I’ve learned is that, every song sung in church or on your local christian station isn’t a song TO God. Next time you listen to a song does it sound like a personal conversation of thanks that the artist is having with God or is it just a song that has God sprinkled in it. Praise and worship music is just that; Songs that send praise and adoration to God for His spot in your life. Artist like Israel Houghton and William McDowell have done well in creating music in this category. And not to take anything away from their music or their calling from God, BeBe and CeCe Winans is a duo where you sometimes have to ask yourself is this a gospel song or a love song to your significant other. They have had a couple of songs out that if I wasnt able to recognize their voice I would wonder if this was a new R&B duo… I say all that to say that all praise and worship songs can be considered gospel but not all gospel music can be considered praise and worship… but let me get back to The Roots song.

[Intro:]
Dear God, I’m trying hard to reach you
Dear God, I see your face in all I do
Sometimes, it’s so hard to believe it…
But God, I know you have your reasons
(Uh huh)

[Verse 1:]
They said he’s busy hold the line please
Call me crazy, I thought maybe he could mind read
Who does the blind lead?
Show me a sign please
If everything is made in China, are we Chinese?
And why do haters separate us like we siamese?
Technology turning the planet into zombies
Everybody all in everybody’s dirty laundry
Acid rain, earthquakes, hurricane, tsunamis
Terrorist, crime sprees, assaults, and robberies
Cops yellin’ stop, freeze
Shoot him before he try to leave
Air quality so foul, I gotta try to breath
Endangered species
And we runnin’ out of trees
If I could hold the world in the palm of these
Hands, I would probably do away with these anomalies
Everybody checkin’ for the new award nominee
Wars and atrocities
Look at all the poverty
Ignoring the prophecies
More beef than broccoli
Corporate monopoly
Weak world economy
Stock market topplin’
Mad marijuana oxycotton and klonopin
Everybody out of it?

[Hook:]
Well I’ve been thinkin’ about
And I’ve been breakin’ it down
Without an answer
I know I’m thinking out loud
But if you’re lost and around
Why do we suffer?
Why do we suffer?
(Uh huh)

[Verse 2:]
Yeah… It’s still me, one of your biggest fans
I get off work
Right back to work again
I probably need to go ahead and have my head exam
Look at how they got me on the Def Jam payment plan
Well, I’m in the world of entertainment and
Trying to keep a singing man sane for the paying fans
If I don’t make it through the night, slight change of plans
Harp strings, angel wings, and praying hands
Lord, forgive me for my shortcomings
For going on tour and ignoring the court summons
All I’m trying to do is live life to the fullest
They sent my daddy to you in a barrage of bullets
Why is the world ugly when you made it in your image?
And why is livin’ life such a fight to the finish?
For this high percentage
When the sky’s the limit
A second is a minute, every hour’s infinite

[Outro:]
Dear God, I’m trying hard to reach you
Dear God, I see your face in all I do
Sometimes, it’s so hard to believe it…

Black Thought did a masterful job in grasping that aforementioned differentiation of the two styles of music even while being under the controversal title of rap artists. I believe that even in his questioning of the happenings of the world he is doing it not show doubt in God but to bring more understanding and awareness of circumstances. I think if we all as believers sought understanding from God and not worldly “experts” life would be so much more easier to deal with. The transparency spoken in the chorus is so powerful because from my own personal experience I feel the same way… I have such a great desire to be closer to him but sometimes its just hard even if you know He is the One who has a hand in things.

Remember everything isnt what it always appears to be, sometimes you have to dig a little deeper and in doing so you may get a great revelation for your life…

-God Love