This week’s Fast Wednesday, is dedicated to honor Deanna McMillian and in memory of her husband, Maurice (Mack) McMillian, Sr. Mack past away suddenly this past weekend. This news came as a shock to many including my husband and I. We are still filtering and reeling from it … for Mack was a gem of a man. He and Deanna loved each other deeply and respectfully. They sweep each other off their feet a little more than 15 years ago. For me, their’s was a fairy tale or storybook love story of true, authentic, vulnerable love that would last forever. Unfortunately, that outlook did not include reality, in that we are all just vapors and this earth is not our final home.
I encourage and pray, knowing Deanna will stay strong in her faith right now, to take care of herself spiritually, mentally and physically. There are many others praying for her and the rest of her and Mack’s family as well. She has a big “village.” and remember to breathe and grieve.The stages of grief: 1) Denial 2) Anger 3) Bargaining 4) Depression and 5) Acceptance. Grief is individual. You can skip stages, stay in a stage, repeat stages, etc. but recognition is helpful.
When we first heard the news, Alvin and I discussed how tomorrow is promised to no one and how we need to live our lives to the fullest everyday. In recognition of this, I am sharing a devotional someone from work shared with me, late yesterday/this morning … “Reconciliation” which features a SCRIPTURE on this topic.
May 2019 — Reconcile
Reconcile (Reconciliation): to restore, harmonize, resolve, reunite, rectify, etc. How should we picture reconciliation? Have you ever buried the hatchet, kissed and made up? How good did that feel? It really didn’t matter who was in the right or wrong. A great sense of peace comes with the power of a reconciled relationship.
Is there someone in your personal life that you need to reconcile with, a spouse, partner, parent or child? Perhaps you need reconciliation right here at work. I challenge you to reach out to that person, begin the process of re-connecting and start fresh. Even if you must humble yourself and eat crow. Be reconciled today, tomorrow brings no guarantees.
(I urge you to read the below Bible text twice or more if you must. This is the gospel in its purest form. These verses are fully loaded.)
For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message He has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ Himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5: 19-21 New Living Translation)
Do you want true peace in your life? Reconcile with God and with your neighbor, whomever that may be. You need to take the first step. Why? (Read the above Scripture again.) God reconciled us back to Himself through His Son Jesus. Listen to what the Apostle Paul says, He is… “no longer counting our sins against us…” It’s in the Bible folks, AMEN! It’s our job to share this wonderful message with others. It’s the Gospel truth.
Sounds of Blackness – Since January of 1971, the Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness’ tireless endeavors under the direction of Gary Hines, perform and proclaim the music, culture and history of African Americans to audiences all over the world. Ranging from FROM JAZZ AND BLUES TO ROCK & ROLL, R&B, GOSPEL, SPIRITUALS, HIPHOP, REGGAE AND SOUL, WE COLOR EACH AND EVERY “SOUND OF BLACKNESS” WITH UPLIFTING MESSAGES OF HOPE, UNITY, LOVE AND PEACE FOR ALL HUMANKIND – AND WE WORK PASSIONATELY TO ACHIEVE IT.
I Just found this new release by Sounds of Blackness who was always a meaningful, powerful group, in my music journey and pray it will have meaning for Deanna and Mack’ family and others.
Til I Found You · Jam & Lewis · Sounds Of Blackness · Ann Nesby · Big Jim Wright · Lauren Evans
Father, we thank you for Maurice “Mack” McMillian. We know he has transitioned to be with you. Something we all will have to do one day. We pray you receive him with the words “Well Done Good and Faithful Servant…” Thanks for the love, joy and peace he shared with his beloved Deanna, his family, friends and community. I pray that you will be with all of us in the times ahead, and give us the comfort you promised when you said in your holy word “blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted.”
May we also work on reconciliation in our lives. I pray for restoration and more loving relationships. Thanks for the light and healing it brings to our hearts and lives as well as the liberation and freedom. Help us to forgive others and ourselves. Amen…
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Fuller Ellis
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!
The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.” Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.