1st United Methodist Church of LaPlace
Friday, October 18, 2019
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 Good Morning, All

I read this morning on the Internet that Maya Angelou died.  It grieves me greatly.  She was an exceptional human being, who used her intelligence and creativity and spirituality to bring something special to the world.  I love her poetry.  It's so down to earth.  She never betrayed who or what she was.

After I read the article about Ms. Angelou, I looked at another article on MSN.  It was about the 10 most powerful women in the world.  Hilary Clinton is still on that list.  Michelle Obama and the Chancellor of Germany, of course, along with other "women of power".  It got me to thinking about that word, "power".  What makes a person powerful?  Is it a matter of how many people would be willing to break their necks to do their bidding?  Is it a matter of money?  Is it how many world leaders who would take their phone call?  Probably all of the above.  At least in the world's eyes.  I would have to disagree.

It seems to me that the truly powerful are those that face the storm and come through it with grace and dignity.  Maya Angelou was definitely one of those.  My oldest daughter is one of those.  My friend, Rev. Barbara Beaumont, is one of those.  I know lots of powerful women.  To name them all would take up much more space than I am allotted here!  However, I think the big difference here is that the truly powerful woman  readily acknowledges that her power does not come from her, but from the God who created her and gifted her with the capacity to love and believe so that God could be powerful within her.  Hmmm, I think I just started my own list . . .  Maybe I can get my list on MSN!


Grace and Peace,