“We Who Believe In Freedom Cannot Rest”

I went to College Meeting for Worship today (Quaker speak for Sunday morning Worship).  I went because I wanted to hear the person who was speaking; a person who’s been very nice to me since I arrived in Richmond in January.

When I walked into the sanctuary the song that was playing was “Ella’s Song” by Sweet Honey in the Rock. I love that song and today it made me cry. There is an issue I have with ESR that I’ve been debating just how much energy I want to put into bringing the issue up. Before today, I had told myself that that was not why I came to seminary; that I really don’t want to deal with it. I’ve dealt with it too many times before.  That all changed when I heard that song. I now know that there’s no way I’m going to avoid this issue, even though I really do still want to avoid it.

So may I recommend that if there is an issue you are struggling with, if you have access to it, listen to “Ella’s Song” by Sweet Honey in the Rock. I don’t think that you’ll struggle with it much longer.

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We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons
Is as important as the killing of white men, white mothers’ sons

That which touches me most is that I had a chance to work with people
Passing on to others that which was passed on to me

To me young people come first, they have the courage where we fail
And if I can but shed some light as they carry us through the gale

The older I get the better I know that the secret of my going on
Is when the reins are in the hands of the young, who dare to run against the storm

Not needing to clutch for power, not needing the light just to shine on me
I need to be one in the number as we stand against tyranny

Struggling myself don’t mean a whole lot, I’ve come to realize
That teaching others to stand up and fight is the only way my struggle survives

I’m a woman who speaks in a voice and I must be heard
At times I can be quite difficult, I’ll bow to no man’s word

We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

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