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Today, the Duke and the King are remembered in a poem acknowledging the transformation of a culture.

A Poem for Black History Month, 2017

There has to be a time to count the cost
To recognize the price we paid to gain
Acknowledging the precious things now lost
By choosing sacrifice and not surrender

And so be made to value here and now
In waking hours meant to build tomorrow
Assigning value both to what and how
As well as consequences unforeseen

My granddad lived his dream of gallant night
The ballroom lit with crystal chandelier
The gracious daughters beaming their dark light
An assemblage of urban princesses and queens

The freedom to seek their love, a willing mate
Who would dance and soar forever until dawn
When sunlight would restore a harsh, black fate
Cotillion and its liberty all gone

Until another generation lifts their heart
With dreams and hopes of shining in brigade
Sounding a trumpet to announce their start
Our entering nobility, coming of age

Just as I reached the day to dream the same
A new demand for Civil Rights was heard
The balm that lessened Segregation’s shame
Erased by the dream of struggle, honor, triumph

The black men we had thought we would become
Would never exist, the way to manhood’s joy
Revealed as marches, beatings, death for some
Jack and Jill, and debutante days a memory 

We are to understand what we now see
Was paid for not with trinkets of the past
But with futures and roots to our reality
And it’s right to ask, did we pay too much?

A people blessed by GOD to reign with style
Harassed by weak and beggarly police
The Nation owes a debt, return our smile
America’s dream for our youth must not cease

The Ellington elegance and beauty yet alive
Our passion for human dignity no less
Is not to be taken away before they dream it
Their inalienable right to be gentlemen and ladies

Thug life and branding irons cast away
Knowing their lives matter throughout a universe
And given their fair chance they will obey
The higher laws of grace and cotillion unafraid

A birthright has to be more than pain
And crops of poverty
The tears of grief instead of rain
To drench our thirsting sons

An inheritance must be more than dreams
And a heritage more than death
Ripples of honor should merge as streams
And join to deep oceans of faith

The surface of the earth our dwelling place
The sky an expanse for flight
With room for stars and every race
Forging bonds of possibility

The unforgettable victory
Fearless generations knit
New vision that otherwise would not be
Sacred music for satin dolls

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Ephesians 6:  12-13, King James Version (KJV)



©2017.  Michael Andrew Williams, Washington, DC.  All rights reserved.


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Today, deaths from war, human nature, and mankind’s divine potential are considered.  For many, it is love and the giving and keeping of life that makes a nation great.  Even so, others now express cynicism and negativity declaring they would rather give their love to animals than to human beings, or to the dead instead of the living, because, then, their love would be acknowledged and returned.  For Christians, GOD is the true origin and source for the greatest human achievements.  Ability to recognize and respond to spirit content from the makeup of our Creator (i.e., discernment) is required to consistently and correctly acknowledge that the divine spirit content is appearing within such features as events, holy writings, oneself, other persons, prophecy, relationships, and sacred teachings.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “John” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since February 22, 2009) posted the following:


Why are christians afraid that they might be a species of animal?


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.  For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them:  as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast:  for all is vanity.  All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.  (Ecclesiastes 3:  18-20, King James Version, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (09/07/2016); An Habitation of GOD (07/24/2016); The Cross and Mankind (05/13/2016); The Creation Of Mankind? (09/16/2015); What Faith Makes Possible (04/25/2014); Bible and Spirit (04/26/2014); Animals Do Not Sin? (09/29/2013); GOD is Acknowledging (09/30/2013)


“John” the question of mankind’s true nature is “profound” (i.e., has simple, yet, broad and far-reaching application).  Many in the world today agree that how we value one another (and ourselves) as living creatures does make a difference in what we understand can be the quality of life we now experience, the benefit and value for ongoing relationships with immortal divinity, and our further possibilities for life in spite of our mortality.  Our sciences and secular history may insist that human potential only express an animal or mechanical nature (as if we are mere machines or accidents from a random process).  Even so, mature Christian believers hold that our humanity is more completely and correctly understood as expressing interactions within an animal, human and divine nature.  Christians all pursue the fullest development of their divine nature on the basis of multiple goals, needs, sacred knowledge, and strengths acquired through such features as fellowship, prayer, sacred practices (we say, sacraments), study, shared worship, and unselfish service.  Consider the following points that have led to many to seek the greater possibilities for mankind:

(1.)  Casualties reported for major U. S. wars numbered from the Revolutionary War to the Iraq War are a total 1, 343,812 deaths, 1,529,230 wounded, and 38,159 missing.

(2.)  Total casualties for Word War I are 37 million and include 9,720,450 military casualties, 8.5 million killed, 19.7 million wounded soldiers, and 7.7 million missing.

(3.)  Statistics reported for World War II include 690 million served (world-wide), and there were 72 million deaths.

(4.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-11, King James Version (KJV):  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Statistics are from (1.)  August 08, 2016, (2.)  August 01, 2016, and (3.)  April 02, 2015.

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Still from a film reading Genesis 2


Today, a poem is shared recalling Citizen Martin Luther King, Jr.  Surely, the legacy of Reverend King began in Father Adam, the inheritance of priesthood and service to a righteous Creator.  The first man was granted an unexpected rest, and perhaps, a vision of family, a sharing of unity and peace, and an image of his sons as life to overspread the earth.  For mankind, the lasting gifts of life all follow some form of death and release (we say, rest, sleep) that signals continuity and the fulfillment of eternal purpose.   There are to be multiple transactions of purchase through sacrifice (Psalms 50:  5, King James Version, KJV).  (See the film from 4thaluvofit @


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory:  where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?  Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not:  thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.  (Isaiah 63:  15-16, King James Version, KJV)


[For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2017]

Supposing Adam dreamed
What do you think he saw
new formed, the shafts of time
And vision fearless still

Lives that do not matter?
His own sons wearing chains?
King Cotton and Jim Crow?
Mammon the Oppressor?

There was no darkness then
His mind the lamp light flame
His heart a candle glow
Sleep oozing like an oil

He drifted from command
Surrendering his sense
And body to be made
A new creation two

For names the beasts had come
Yet all as kinds and pairs
Sparking a vague regret
There was no vessel meet

And death would have to be
the tool to bring release
From agonies of fear
unutterable pain

And unnamed loneliness
Seed from the earth could be
Seed in the earth could not
And so must spring from he

A she whose work to sprout
A race of living seed
Bold heirs of breath and grace
An heritage from GOD

Awakening he saw
The one whom he must know
Oneness without sameness
To overspread the earth

It was his Son who came
With miracles of love
To die upon a cross
A testament in blood

Why do you pale or shrink
That other sons dreamed too
Who heard our father’s voice
And spoke sight to the blind

News of new creation
The coming of brief sleep
That we would overcome
That justice would prevail

That the liberty bell
Of life would sound and ring
Divine glory will shine
The Father’s face will beam

Anointed with gladness
His true sons will embrace
Crowned with honor and peace
Free at last, Free at last

Awake clear eyes receive
The earth made new our hope
Black and white together
Eternally alive

Unchanging, so diverse
The family of man
In the full strength of love
To study war no more


©Michael Andrew Williams, 2017.  All rights reserved worldwide.


Washington, DC



Some thoughts as shared through poetry are presented, today.  Readers are asked to continue using discernment as they consider MOONLIGHT addressing America, civil rights, idolatry, nonviolence, and sacred process.


[A Poem Celebrating Citizen King Day, 2015]

The light seen from the moon is not its own
A dead world shining in the night
Cold, indifferent without the heat of love
Divine order establishing its right

A Georgia boy, a colored man to some
Proclaiming gospel truth received
Igniting hearts and minds, a soul
To liberate the ones deceived

Many curse him still for being flesh
Mere mortal, just another coon
Fleeing from the hounds having his scent
Condemned, revealed, betrayed by the full moon

Because the many stars are not enough
Until they focus beaming over all
The stripes of hatred, poverty and war
Are felt by true men great and small

A nation without light to guide the world
A flag stained with the blood of innocents
A sign promising tomorrow will be soon
The blessing comes because the land repents

His doctrine may not have been his own
Neither the spirit putting forth its might
Buddha? Gandhi? Nehru? Or Jesus Christ?
A manifesting of Eternal Light

The victory of Selma shines today
where streets of Ferguson now gleam in blood
The lives of children may never be our prey
or shackled marchers tramping through the mud

Immigrant youth, black teens, and those suspect
Regarded as “the problem” and “the least”
Are no less due freedom, law, and our respect
For theirs is not the nature of the beasts

It is the life for creatures of the night
To live by noose, evasion, knife, and gun
To quench the flames of brotherhood and trust
The healing light provided through the sun

Beneath Diana’s light, sport reigns supreme
And graven images are hailed unseen
The lunatics prevail.  Yet by the King’s great work
We know the color for all lawns is green.

Suffering done in silence done
Creation words that made a thunder sound
Let there be light, diversity, and unity
The rainbow of the Maker’s common ground

The sweet sonata must not be dismissed
Ignored, manna rejected, heaven’s dew
The callings of our duty, righteousness
Let them awake and fall afresh on you

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©Michael Andrew Williams, 2015.  All rights reserved worldwide.

Public statements from clergy, nonviolence, and necessary respect for religious beliefs are topics, today.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “V” (Level 1 with 186 points, a member since June 08, 2011) posted the following:


Why did the Pope recently say it’s ok to punch someone if they insulted your mother? I thought we had to turn the other cheek??? Bit puzzled.?

This is in relation to the recent tragedies in Paris


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.  (Galatians 5:  13-23, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Right Place to Get Knowledge? (02/17/2014); Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014); On Marketing Church, and Speaking by Occasion (09/26/2013); On Titles and Respect (03/15/2013); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012)


“V”, it should go without saying that to get respect, you must show respect.  Yet, as you can see in many life situations today, there are many who don’t understand and practice that rule.  Here are a few points all Christians believers must take into account when considering the attitudes, behavior and statements from clergy:

(1.)  Believers must use “discernment” (the ability to use their own spirit content from the makeup of divinity as a standard to recognize and respond to spirit content in actions, events, objects, other persons, speech, etc.) at all times.  Clergy, who serve as apostles, prophets and spokespersons for GOD, must operate through carnal, material and social situations, yet will remain individuals and finite beings.  In addition to fixed ceremonies, prayers and rituals, divine law, sacred doctrine, holy proclamations and promises, clergy may make comments that are “common sense” acknowledgments of the human condition made spontaneously, unrehearsed, and “off the cuff.”  At no time are remarks made to deny, dispute, or overturn the teachings of Jesus Christ.

(2.)  The standard from GOD for truth that clergy must maintain is the same as that for lay believers.  Similarly, the standards for interpersonal behavior and self-discipline as demonstrated among the clergy are the same for all other believers.  What all are to speak is intended to continue communication and fruitful interaction (we say, growth, learning, peace, prosperity).

(3.)  Today, when clergy are presented by broadcast and print media, unspoken and unwritten policies are being applied that serve as “editorial bias.”  The clip or sound bite chosen may not include necessary background material that should exist as the foundation for further knowledge and understanding.  The higher goals of objective journalism are replaced by the motives of befriending, engaging and entertaining audiences of hearers, readers and viewers.  Impartiality falls to increasing ones circulation, subscription rate, and income.  Controversy, negative criticism, and sensationalism become the focus; irreverence, malice, rejection, slander and suspicion—even murder—become the outcome.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The origins of anger and violence for created beings and living creatures are aspects of their flesh (e.g., appetite, sensations, and emotional/mental functions).  Because the operations of sin can dominate awareness and self-will as presumption, pride and self-promotion, believers are provided with fresh endowments of spirit content whereby they discern, recognize and resist sin.  By continuing study of the holy writings, fellowship with other born again believers, unselfish service, and regular practice of sacraments, believers are divinely equipped to correctly receive and understand the gifts and ministries from divinity that are being delivered through the instrument of clergy.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

August 9th was my birthday, however, it also was a Sabbath.  I spent most of my celebration hours acknowledging the Creator, and being refreshed after his word, his will, and his way.  The difficult events in Ferguson, Missouri were not brought to my attention right away (my heart was being drawn to Hamas and Israel); and now that they are threatening greater ruin than men may manage without GOD, I’ve chosen to share some of my thoughts in a way that challenges a reader to stop, and to think.  Those of us who carried out and endured the losses of earlier days are still willing to call for justice, only, not as a lynch mob, a street gang, suicidal thugs, or a pack of roaming marauders.  Why do men insist upon taking one anothers blood?  Having been taught by our being there, we understand, it is an unexplainable loss of all control.  Psychotic breaks (we say, nervous breakdowns) can be the sign of a broken heart and a broken spirit, and the beginning of a breakthrough from GOD.  For the broken all require what only GOD can do.  Because an unarmed teenager was shot in the back, and then gunned down while facing the police officer holding both hands up in surrender, many want to make this the longest and hottest summer of them all.  In memory of Michael Brown, we also say, let us do all we can to make it the very last of its kind in this our Nation.


Ferguson, Missouri, 2014


The fireflies used to light up the night
Just like they’re spose to do come summer
The easy insect songs in darkness
Sparkling like rhinestones sprinkled
Cross the shirt of one of those
Country, western singers
The mosquitoes and the June bugs made no hollar
Yet, the katydids woke up and claimed
That all Creation now is theirs.

How can it be that those so long asleep
May now declare all season, wisdom
Life and blood at their own discretion
With alien sounds no longer outside
But spilling all over the house
Jubilee canceled, unfinished marches for rights
Or freedom, ignoring that justice and outrage
Are now aligned against themselves, the search for summer
love, and they should be doused in ice water challenge.

The dead are not mourned as if loved or alive in their hearts
The living are not obeyed as if guides to a dream of safety
A jar of ice water, and a breeze from North to South
Unfiltered by the mesh screen, the TV by the window so’s you
Can see and hear when you sit out on the porch
The steady sounds of rockin chair, or that old love seat
Swing from granddad’s day where, in spite of poverty
We grew up.  The memories of summer where the gas blown
Up from down in the town now choke with sorrow.

How can men be satisfied with no more than the knowledge
That their minds and hearts are right
That they have built their home without lies
Without murders, without failing and railing against GOD
How can a man believe himself of value without swearing
Against government, law, patience, and forgiveness
Or look into the face of those to whom his life is pledged
Having created nothing better than a Black Ku Klux Klan
Or a cesspool of godless and lawless liars?

The locust fill the night with plagues, and moans, and fear
Why is there judgment against our quiet days
Surely the burning past that now engulfs the concrete
And the blacktop will soon engulf our future fields
Like rockets launched by Hamas to alter GOD’s
Perpetual divine.  Sleepless, temporarily insane
The problem is some must embrace the problem
The long hot nightmare travels through the mind
The insomnia of riot follows rage.  Cherchez le femme



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©Michael Andrew Williams, 2014.  All rights reserved.


There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, consider again Isaiah 3:  10-12, Isaiah 5:  13-24, Jeremiah 4:  13, Lamentations 5:  15-17, Luke 11:  52 and Luke 17:  1, KJV.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

Judgment, nonviolence, and warfare are topics, today.  Also, there is more on Christianity being inclusive.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Mjolnir” (Level 1 with 199 points, a member since June 12, 2014) posted the following:

Didn’t Christ say to Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane:…? 

“Return your sword to its place, for all who take up the sword will perish by the sword.”

And didn’t one of the apostles write in a letter: “The weapons of our warfare are no physical, but spiritual…”

So how come your christians go to war?


THE BATTLE AXE:  On Christians Being Inclusive? (07/16/2014)—(4.)  For Christian believers, the primary method for making your own life better is to share and improve the lives of others (we say, unselfish service to GOD).  Because this is done only by displaying the gentleness, humility, and simplicity in Christ along with submission to the graciousness of GOD, believers all must operate without affectation, boasting, covetousness, hostility, pretension, “showing off,” and self-promotion.  For any belief system, there is a demand for clarity and order that can only be achieved where the creed, doctrine and tenets of acceptance are pure and transparent (i.e., without contradiction, hidden motives, inconsistency, reversal).  Standards are provided to detect all counterfeits, deceit, corruption, false teachings, fraud, heresy, and persistent error.  GOD does not send a thief to “teach his people a lesson;” he sends the Holy Spirit.  Believers must exercise discernment in all their encounters as well as when initiating fellowship with others.  The spiritual content and contribution of others are always an issue, for in ignorance and without deliberate malice, many who seem harmless, friendly and pleasant contaminate and destroy spiritual growth in those around them.  Believers are therefore correct to always carefully choose the level of intimacy and trust between oneself and their friends, with ones prospective mate, with a possible employer, and even for family members:  All men have not faith; all have not believed the Gospel. 


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people:  he will beautify the meek with salvation.  Let the saints be joyful in glory:  let them sing aloud upon their beds.  Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;  To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;  To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;  To execute upon them the judgment written:  this honour have all his saints.  Praise ye the LORD.  (Psalms 149:  4-9, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Herod the Great? (06/29/2014); A Formula for Baptism? (06/30/2014); Needing Guns To Serve? (03/19/2014); A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014);  Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); Of War and Judgment (10/08/2013); Heart, Brain or Spirit? (10/09/2013); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013); The Common Danger (01/02/2013)


“Mjolnir”, here are a few points Christian believers rely upon to avoid spiritual confusion and errors concerning nonviolence:

(1.)  The word of GOD must be correctly applied.  Many believers “dabble” in the Scriptures.  However, only those who “specialize” in the word (we say, clergy, the priesthood), are those who should be acknowledged as having the necessary endowment from GOD, experience, insight, and skill to serve as leaders in spiritual warfare, spokespersons (we say, prophets), and teachers sent from GOD.  While born again believers receive a fresh endowment of divinity (e.g., faith, holiness, wisdom, wrath against sin), they must continue to meet the challenges of life upon the earth.  All must develop and apply discernment (using their own spirit content to recognize and respond to divinity in events, messages, other persons, etc.).   Until believers become mature, all believers are vulnerable to manipulation and misdirection.

(2.)  War is a carnal and social process, not an aspect of life directed by divinity.   War among mankind is a product of covetousness, desire, frustration, and lust; and is often triggered through sin.   The outcomes of war typically include denial of GOD appearing as anger, bitterness, fear, guilt, hardness of heart, resentment, and shame.  War generates death and widespread destruction, and does not create peace.  Peace only comes by judgment that may appear as correction or punishment, where judgment is the settlement of conflict and resolution of disputes through the operations of divine law.

(3.)  The “armies of GOD.”  Discernment enables us to see that the armies of Israel created by GOD using those who left Egypt with Moses, was not a military force for conquest and expansion as seen with those nations that pursued empire (e.g., Assyria, Babylon, Greece, Persia, Rome).  Like the plagues of blood, frogs, flies and lice, the armies were instruments to execute divine wrath and judgment.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Death and resurrection are emblems of divine authority.  Jesus Christ, who will preside as head over of all the tribunals of final judgment, is also Commander of the Armies and Host of Heaven.  Without any “ifs, ands, or buts”, Christ is proclaimed and prophesied to appear, and carryout to the uttermost the expression of divine wrath against all deceit, hypocrisy, lawlessness, malice, sin, unbelief, violence, and wickedness.  Like an abbreviation that is well known and widely used, the titles for GOD as a “man of war” do not alter his name among believers as the source of all divine love.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC