Gloria Ford:Start the day with prayer, praise, thansgiving and Bible reading

  • Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 10:52 am

“And it shall come to pass, that before they call , I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
Isaiah 65:24

I pray that this past week has been a productive one for you, and also a prayerful one.  I know that prayer, praise, and thanksgiving first, along with Bible reading before starting your day, makes for a positive attitude towards everything that will happen in that day, and certainly for a peace that passes all understanding.  If the week was not so productive, then I pray that you will adhere to the advice that I just gave you.

Michelle Obama

Last week I told you about Michelle Obama’s early years and I promised to finish up today:  Following law school, Michelle worked as an associate in the Chicago branch of the law firm Sidney Austin in the area of marketing and intellectual property. There in 1989, she met her future husband … a summer intern to whom she was assigned as an adviser.  The firm thought that since they both went to Harvard they would hook the two of them up.   Initially, she refused to date Barack Obama, eventually, she relented and they soon fell in love.  They were married at Trinity United Church of Christ on Oct. 3, 1992.
Michelle soon left her job to launch a career in public service, serving as an assistant to Mayor Daley and then as the assistant commissioner of planning and development for the city of Chicago.  In 1993, she became executive director for the Chicago office of Public Allies.  She joined the University of Chicago in 1996 as associate dean of student services.  She then worked for the University of Chicago hospitals beginning in 2002, as executive director of community relations and external affairs. She first caught the eye of a national audience while at her husband’s side when he delivered a high profile speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
Today, Michelle and Barack Obama, and their two daughters are serving their second term in the White House as the First Family.  As the 44th lady of the United States Michelle has incorporated many helpful issues for the people of the United States, of which healthy eating ranks among the first.
We should be proud of the fact that Michelle has roots right here in Georgetown.  Her grandfather, Frasier Robinson, Sr., was originally from Georgetown, and while she was growing up, she and her family spent summers visiting relatives here.  During the first campaign for her husband, Michelle spoke at her grandfather’s church, historic Bethel A.M.E. in downtown Georgetown.  Since then it’s been history, but we are proud of and so congratulate our own Michelle Robinson Obama, her husband, President Barack Obama and their children Malia and Sasha as the first black family elected to serve as our leaders in the White House.

Lighthouse of Jesus Church

I had been telling you so much about the benefit affair that would happen at Lighthouse of Jesus Church for the surviving family members of those who lost their lives in a tragic accident on Nov. 14, 2012.  The outcome of attendance was no less than what I expected:
The church was filling up with a non-denominational crowd when I arrived shortly after 5 p.m.  I was greeted by the producer and proud director, Donald Gilliard when I arrived.  I was introduced to the trombonists who sat patiently waiting for the program to begin.  Eventually, I ended up in the pastor’s office where Bishop Floyd Knowlin sat greeting the incomers with calm and poise.  Finally it was time for the program to begin.  Rev. Jonathan Knowlin did an excellent job of presiding over the activities as he called The Honorable Jack Scoville, Mayor of the City of Georgetown, up to welcome the already excited crowd that seemingly delivered “amen’s” to his every word; especially when he said that someone had once commented that Georgetown was a “ghost town”, but he was quick to let it be known that Georgetown is a “Holy Ghost town.”  It would take me many articles to say how wonderful Rev. Jason Coakley, Elder Robert Davis, Rev. Dr. Dora Gafford, Apostle Richard Frasier, Rev. Carl Anderson, Bishop John Smith, Rev. Charles Johnson, Pastor Chris Daigle, and Bishop Floyd Knowlin were, as the preachers that they are,  on program that night; or how the voices of the choir members seemed angelic as they floated over the huge sanctuary, or how the trombone music brought the house down as those anointed members moved side to side and up and down the aisle as the Christian music carried us away Mardi Gras style.  The thing that caught my eye and stirred my heart during worship time was Deacon Johnny Arthur’s electrical flash of praise and thanksgiving as he jumped from his seat and danced on his walker while giving God all of the praise.  It moved me through various emotions, and finally with adoration for how this man praised God after all he had been through.  Later that week I spoke with Deacon Arthur as he told me that God is the only one that he could give praises through because only God could bring him through.  He thanks everyone for what they have done.  Deacon Arthur’s wife, Angie, died in the tragic accident. I am sure I speak on behalf of Bishop Floyd Knowlin, the Lighthouse family, family members of the deceased, and especially director, Donald Gilliard, Marilyn Hemingway, and all others involved as I say thanks to the Georgetown communities and all other communities, all performers, all businesses, all media, all public officials and especially to The Only Wise God, for our work together in being a blessing to our sisters and brothers.

Upcoming programs

Evangelist Dianna Tisdale of Andrews will be speaking at the House of Prayer Sowing Seeds Deliverance Ministry with Pastor/Prophetess Johnnie Tisdale on Sunday, March 10 at 5 p.m.  You are invited to attend. For more information, call the office at 843-240-0350.Brother Harvey Green and the Green Family will have a CD release program at Carver’s Bay High auditorium on Sunday, March 10 at 4 p.m. with many featured singers. Call 843-833-0989 for more information.
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, those facing surgeries of any kind, and for our community and other communities.
May God bless you with a calmness and a peace that passes all understanding.

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