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God nah sleep

Zechariah 10 has been my comfort. A counter to the narrative that faith is anemic in times like these. Some take comfort in criticizing rage and pretend that God can be reduced to a justice less peace. This desire to preserve normalcy, this desire to have one behave one’s self while there are knees on our necks is borne in fear. Fear that your myopic readings of Romans 13 won’t be enough. Fear that you didn’t spend enough time with the prophets. All that book learning and you never took the time to see how much God cares about justice? You look for God in your things. You look for God everywhere but the margins. Where God always is. You speak of reconciliation. You have soothed yourself to sleep with the dream of bringing together. You refuse to acknowledge that reconciliation is the repair of the master-slave dialectic. You want to be woke now. You’ve commodified woke. Prolly will commodify non-commodifying soon enough. But all of it means nothing unless you confess. All of it means nothing unless you admit you are complicit. You cannot be the hero in this story, we already have One. Our hero hears our blood crying from the ground. Our hero weeps. And our hero nah sleep.

Weekly Wha Dat?! March 2nd

Heavy Meddle: I Have Lupus — But My Friends Won’t Cut Me Any Slack

An excellent advice column I stumbled upon. Greatly appreciated this perspective.

Scientists confirm gene mutation linked to lupus

Japanese researchers have confirmed for the first time an association in mice between a genetic mutation and the intractable autoimmune disease lupus erythematosus.

Kilimanjaro climb aims to spread word on lupus

“He wakes up each morning with the pain,” said Bertrand. “His pain is often a 7-plus, and he’s going to experience the pain 24/7 for the rest of his life. Rich was an avid runner, 30 hours per week stuff. Now, he is afraid to exercise for 30 minutes. He is an athlete, but he can only dream of what I did.”

‘I’m still not fully recovered’: Eternal’s Kéllé Bryan pours her heart out on The Big Reunion about being diagnosed with Lupus

Talking about when she was told by the doctor she had the potential life-threatening condition, she said: ‘ I just thought, “So are we talking a week off or something,” and in the end he [the doctor] just went, “You need to sit down … this means you could end up in a wheelchair, you need to take this seriously.”


Researcher receives grant to study stem cell death in lupus patients

“Without healthy niches, the bone marrow cannot make normal blood components,” said Lijun Yang, M.D., an associate professor of hematopathology in the UF College of Medicine. “When you stain lupus patients’ bone marrow for dead cells, it is dramatic. In contrast to normal people, most lupus patients’ bone marrows are full of dead cells. Twenty, 30, 50 percent of their cells are dead.”

Why You Should have a Messy Desk

Einstein: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Mark Twain. What is one thing these three visionaries have in common?

They all had very messy workspaces.

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I love me some Robin Roberts. This sister is a wonderful reminder that every obstacle we have in life is simply there to be overcome.

Carry On





I will exalt you, O LORD,
because you have lifted me up *
and have not let my enemies triumph over me. 


O LORD my God, I cried out to you, *
and you restored me to health. 


You brought me up, O LORD, from the dead; *
you restored my life as I was going down to the grave. 


Sing to the LORD, you servants of his; *
give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness. 


For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, *
his favor for a lifetime. 


Weeping may spend the night, *
but joy comes in the morning. 


While I felt secure, I said,
“I shall never be disturbed. *
You, LORD, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains.” 


Then you hid your face, *
and I was filled with fear. 


I cried to you, O LORD; *
I pleaded with the Lord, saying, 


“What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? *
will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness? 


Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me; *
O LORD, be my helper.” 


You have turned my wailing into dancing; *
you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy. 


Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; *
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

Something powerful about verse 5, “For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, his favor for a lifetime.” It helps me to endure because it’s as if I can hear the Father say, “Carry on.”


Praise is a weapon. Can you muster up the necessary hope to praise God in spite of your circumstance?


Today’s Prayer

Father I just want to thank You for being so committed to us. Thank You for walking with us through the difficulties of life. Guide us so that we can keep the right perspective. Not focusing on our circumstance but centering ourselves in you. Let us remember that You are our source and are greater than any obstacle we may encounter.

In Jesus’ name,


Too sweet to be sour

Sometimes I think we’ve got it twisted. Phrases like “That’s life!”, “Life stinks!” or even “Life, I wonder, will it take me under? I don’t know,” permeate the social landscape. But no. Life is beautiful and for the living.

It is wholly transformative if one is able to see the good in everyday. The beauty of life in spite of its difficulties. It’s a recipe for endurance and the secret to overcoming obstacles.

That’s where my mind is nowadays as I think about my own fight against the cruel mystery known as lupus. I’ve been in this fight for over a year now. It has been filled with its hills and valleys but am thankful to say that I–in this moment–am feeling better than I have felt in quite some time.

This Saturday my wife and I will be in DC participating in the 7th Annual DC Walk to End Lupus Now.

We’d love your help.

Please contribute to our effort to end lupus once and for all. It’s an illness that affects over 1.5 million Americans with more than 16,000 new cases every year.

Although the walk is this Saturday, the 27th of April, we will be collecting donations until the 27th of June.

I’m doing this because I know that our efforts can help other people in this fight.

Taking steps to find a cure for lupus

Taking steps to find a cure for lupus

“When I was diagnosed, I was told the life expectancy was less than five years,” said Honi Kurzeja with the Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York. “I went home and cried and cried. It was a terrible situation.”

University of Maryland senior who lives with lupus seeks to remove disease’s stigma

University of Maryland senior who lives with lupus seeks to remove disease’s stigma

“I’ll have lupus forever, unless there’s a cure — and that’s okay,” she said. “I’m still going to find a way to do special education. That’s why I love that caterpillar quote so much — life will carry me through.”

Walnut Grove Teen Becomes an Advocate for Lupus Awareness

Walnut Grove Teen Becomes an Advocate for Lupus Awareness

“I feel like I was kind of called,” the self- assured teenager said. “There has to be a reason for me to get Lupus, so I’ve been using it to reach out to teenage girls, sometimes girls who don’t have anything wrong with them. Living with Lupus can be really hard, but if I can do it, then anyone can overcome obstacles. People really can do anything they want to if they put their mind to it.”

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