Monday, July 19, 2010

se'lah...

(photo by: Lyn, Africa Calling)

It comes as no surprise to those who know me that my heart belongs to Africa. I am forever connected to her; she gave birth to generations who were enslaved and their blood runs through my veins. I can't help but send her love, for she is part of me and I am a part of her. Selah.

After a reasoning session with Lyn about her planned trip to the Motherland, I asked her for one small favour, Please place your palm on her soil and tell her I sent her peace and love.

Imagine my surprise when she blessed me with this photo upon her return, along with this note, As promised, I placed my palm on the red soil of Kenya and prayed a silent prayer of thanks and remembrance for you. I then wrote your name using the marbled stones of the African earth.

It literally broke me down to tears...happy, happy tears. I've placed the above photo, with Lyn's permission, in my header to remind me of the immense love that exist here in blogland, in Africa, and throughout the world.

It also serves as a personal reminder that there are human beings in this world, who wake up every single day, still being forced to live as slaves. oh JAH JAH! i pray for them.

One World. One People. One Love.
*thank you, Lyn.

30 comments:

Gail said...

SE'LAH-

your heart and spirit are so beautiful and this act of justice-kindness-purpose done in your honor lifted me up today - oh my - I am SO honored to know you and share in your world of hope and promise.

Love to you friend
Gail
pece and hope......

Kass said...

Tears to my eyes too. This is so beautiful. You have such a way about you that brings such thoughtful consideration to life.

Lyn said...

SE'LAH, it was my pleasure to fulfill your special wish. As I have told you, Kenya had a profound effect on me. I felt a connection to the land and spirit of the people unlike anything I have ever felt before. Your request sat perched on my consciousness and was only natural to fulfill. Just sending you love back 'round.

Peace to you my friend.
Lyn

rayfamily said...

So beautiful. Touches my heart. What a wonderful and special gift to fulfill that wish. Peace.

Cinner said...

Se'lah, you brought me to tears. What an amazing gift for Lyn to have done for you. ....I have friends that go away during their travels, and they ask what they can bring me back. I need nothing, I always say, just pick me up a little rock off the beach...they look at me like I am crazy, to me it is a piece of where I will probably never get to....but to me those rocks and sea shells mean everything. hugs to you Se'lah.

Cinner said...

Se'lah, me again...I love your new header. It is beautiful. One love.

Barnanbas said...

you have brought tears to my eyes and peace to my heart, yes one world one love we are all connected by Jah... Jah will provide....

Cathi said...

That was a beautiful gesture that Lyn did for you Se'lah...I'm very happy for you! Have a gorgeous week! xxoo :)

Wanda said...

I, too, have always felt a deep connection to Africa. What a wonderful gift your friend gave you.

elizabeth said...

How wonderful.

Hey, have you heard the song, "Wake Up (It's Africa Calling)" by Youssou N'Dour? I think you'd like it.

Tracey said...

Simply beautiful. And what a keepsake that picture is. A gesture & symbol of love...

Indie.Tea said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post...I'm a bit speechless.

Marilyn said...

What a touching thing Lyn did just for you. Friends do the very best things in love.

Birdie said...

Se'lah, I have goose bumps reading your post ... I feel your love ... and love of your friend Lyn ... my heart sings :-) hugs dear friend!

Kim Mailhot said...

Oh I so love that Lyn did this for you - gave your this true heart gift that you will treasure always. That LOVE for one another is the only thing that can save us in the end...
Sending more your way, Beautiful Se'lah.

Tracy said...

Now I'm crying too--oh, happy tears for you! That is one of the most beautiful gestures I've seen/heard of. I love how you're added this to your banner--the new banner is STUNNING. Friends... they are the flowers in life's garden, I think. :o) Happy Day, dear friend ((LOVE & HUGS))

Gayle said...

I can see by the comments here that I wasn't the only one reading that got all teary eyed and goose bumps from this! So beautiful.

Oliag said...

A simple gift...but oh so priceless!

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

What a tremendous gift to be honored by a friend in this way. I have chills!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Big sigh. Thats beautiful-- Both the gesture and your words.

xo jj

Susie Hemingway said...

A wonderful tribute sent from you to your homeland and laid by a good friend - no more is needed in this world that these acts of kindness that unite us all.

Connie said...

Please pass the tissues...this is a tremendous gift!

I hope we all remember those in bondage and continue to work towards a better world for everyone.

Kathryn Grace said...

Beautiful. Wonderful friend. Comforting story. Except the last. Now that slavery is underground in so many parts of the world, it is all too often hidden. Human trafficking, child trafficking a blight on our species. A friend, moments ago--just tiny moments before I read this--telling me of an enslaved child not far from where I live, lost before she could be saved.

One Earth, one people, one love. (Alice Walker and the Grandmother Spirit)

SE'LAH... said...

Please pass the tissue box back to me...

Love, it's sooooo amazing. I will forever treasure this gift from Lyn. Thanks again Lyn. you ROCK ;)

I continually pray than one day soon there will be an end to slavery in all corners of the earth.

Thanks Elizabeth. Cool tune. ;)

one love.

Kim Living Life said...

oh wow my dear i would be tearing up too how wonderful for you to have such a treasured photo now. I love Africa too and the people I have met from Africa are wonderful kind and soooo loving.

kath said...

Here I am reading your blog. because of the immense love
xo

suzyQ said...

One love! You are such a warm and compassionate soul. A beautiful reminder.

vchelle said...

What an enchanting act of love and kindness! You so deserve it SeLah because you care so deeply and it shows!

Lyn does rock!

As I read, my heart was dancing! Love the photo and I love you!

Toni said...

You brought tears to my eyes, as well. What a sweet and wonderful thing for your friend to do for you.

margie said...

jah bless.