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Coveted Legacy

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I live in a land where light and darkness clash and collide like the flashes and rumbling of a mighty thunderstorm. 
Where both the bitter and the free, the hurting and the happy, live together under the sun’s intense heat and sky’s dark clouds. 
Magnificent magnolias sprawl over grass yards that often grow course and yellow in the intensely humid summer, and then brown again when winter sends bone-chilling breezes.  
Old plantation houses and extensive fields of cotton are only mild reminders of a time when enslavement was prominent. For some, racial prejudice and bitterness - even hate  - wedge a constant divider between brothers. Now, we have chains of addiction, depression, and sinful habits. I have seen many from every walk and background, struggling at the surface of their enclosing darkness, gasping for a breath of freedom.
I awake each morning with the mission to live light - cutting through the darkness, hacking against chains of superstition and fear that leave many helpless. (I…

Louder Than Words

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Seated at the front desk for the outpatient area of the hospital, many people wander up to the glass window - inquiring about wait time, appearing lost, or asking for coffee brewing on the counter nearby.
Often I enjoy brief and friendly conversation, but something happened one day to remind me of how carefully we must guard the tongue, and one even greater - to live a life that speaks louder than words.
The woman tossed a wisp of her long blond hair back over her shoulder as she approached the window.
“Can I have some coffee?” (the classic question.)
I turn away from my desk to the coffee maker. “Sure. Cream and sugar?”
“Just cream.” She grins through widely-spaced teeth. “Thank you honey.”
I return the smile.
“When will my mom be back from surgery?”
“She’s in the recovery, so it shouldn’t be long,” the nurse nearby looks up from a stack of paperwork.
The lady wipes her lips with a finger and motions. “Good. I’m trying to stay out in the hallway until my mom gets back from surgery. “That woma…