GIVE: Partnering with Spirit — We Are God’s Lyrical Expressions

GIVE! … By the Spirit™ with Dr. Pennie Murray

We Are God’s Lyrical Expressions

© 2010 Dr. Pennie Murray

February 23, 2010

When I found I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything. ~Harriet Tubman, on her first escape from slavery, 1845


Make beautiful music with Spirit

I absolutely honor and love being both black and a woman in America. Yes, I realize it is sometimes my yoke, but I’ve also come to realize it is my strength, my glory. So, I feel comfortable and competent in saying it’s time for a NEW CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY that will support the Universe in ushering in a new reality.

I would love to see future Black History months celebrate how our grace, passion, creativity, sovereignty, fortitude, intelligence and perseverance (need I go on) as a people were forged from the atrocity of slavery, Jim Crow, and the civil right movement of the 60s. These historical eras, while tragic, created a quality of character in Black Americans that is unique in comparison. In truth, we crossed a line that enables us to be Master Lyricists in re-composing our lives.

Don’t get it twisted! I haven’t always had this sense of awareness, I had to consciously evolve. Every now and then the stubborn residue of racism and discrimination catches me on an off day, and trust me, I question my present position. But I remind myself of one of the strongest endorsements (at least to me) God has given us as individuals.

We are God’s workmanship, created to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10).

Let me do a little word-mapping to make my point. The word workmanship used in this context is associated with the Greek word Poiēma, which means poem. Poem is defined as a creation that embodies the lyrical beauty or structural work of an author. The other word I’ll add is lyrical, which means an intense outpouring of exuberant expression and emotions. What I’m trying to say is we have an individual endorsement that stems from our historical partnership with God that started on the shores of Africa. This endorsement surpasses all other opinions of our racial or personal significance and worth. This endorsement assures us that our unique abilities, gifts, talents and yes, our quirkiness, are a significant opus in God’s symphony.

I often think about my loved ones, friends, and the many other people I meet who have tremendous ideas and aspiration and want to experience their full potential. Yet they (me included) are often saddled by a sense of accepted mediocrity and unworthiness—something that we were never created for. It is my belief that this mindset is the result of many blacks being stuck in a manipulated depiction of our racial history.

It is time for us to know with utter conviction that there is a powerful, creative work already established within us. But as long as we snub the significance of partnering with our God Spirit, we will always be on an insatiable quest to fulfill ourselves with pseudo gratifications or struggling with our fears.

God considers each and every one of us a work of art, a poem of His intense outpouring of exuberant expression and emotions. We cheat ourselves, those around us, the Universe and more importantly, we dishonor God’s work in us when we don’t live through our lyrical expression. Our unique concerto must be heard. As this Black History month comes to a close, I challenge you to find your internal sheet music or poetic stanza, and then strengthen your partnership with Spirit so you can begin to see your glory over everything.

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One Response

  1. Beautiful!!!! Thank you Pennie 🙂 All I have to say is….la la la la (I’m singing) 🙂

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