Visited African American Art: Harlem Renaissance Exhibit, Author Linda Mose Meadows
standing in front of Sankofa Sculpture @ Mennello Museum of Art America (Orlando, FL.)
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.
Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever. Psalm 28:7-9
As I wrote in my 2013 “Intentional” Gratitude Journal this morning, I was prompted to chronicle what extraordinary sights, lively sounds, and engaging heart conversations that the preceding two days held. And then this morning in devotion and prayer I thought of the pewter cup my Mother had given Mike as a present. I believe she acquired this unique children’s cup from one of her many museum visits. (It’s a keepsake now :-) some twenty plus years ago. Imagine, he was a toddler and beginning to drink independently from his beloved multicolored “sippy” cup that rocked and wobbled when placed on a flat surface. I can still see him wide eyed, smiling, gazing at his coveted cup. But then he was given an upgrade of sorts. The upgrade was a single handle instead of two and heavy enough so that there was no spillage, unless deliberate! The present of a heavy pewter cup could be easily gripped with toddler’s hands. This attractive pewter cup had the alphabet with the pronounced, raised block letters-A through Z. Our son drank from that cup freely and began to demonstrate his preference-reaching for that cup more often instead of the “sippy” cup. My Mother and I enjoyed watching him freely reach for this prized possession. I’d like to think that as I recount the many gifts of gratitude-thanksgiving for the museum visits, impromptu breakfasts with friends, walks in the park, heavenly breezes and watching the neighborhood lakes rippling waters and experience
life, it’s all a gift from God like Mike’s Pewter cup. These experiences are new, but the old memories of our former life are very present. But I have to have a spirit that earnestly embraces and has a heart to not only celebrate today but reflect and learn from yesterday’s seasons of hope, missed steps, blessings, some which seemingly slipped away, stamina regained, heart aches, hardships too-but resilience regained. Florida
It’s no mistake, misnomer that our activities would include our touring the African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era & Beyond Exhibit at The Mennello Museum of Art located in
. It wasn’t happenstance to exit the building and see the orange Sankofa sculpture. And in one of my favorite colors! It confirms for me that God orders our steps. I said to my husband, "Oh look that's Sankofa, please take a photo of me standing next to this sculpture!" I reminded him of what I learned about Sankofa. And surely the Holy Ghost had a lesson in store for me as well. The word in the Akan language of Ghana means taking from the past what was good and bringing it into present- applying that knowledge/revelation to make progress moving in a positive direction. Learn more about this by visiting this website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sankofa Orlando, Florida
Two of the Adinkra symbols in the Ghanaian culture which also express Sankofa are the heart and the bird:
Return and get it, learn from the past
Sankofa Bird street painting in Kumasi, Ghana
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
Lord thank you for the reminder of Sankofa! Like our Elders we too can drink from the spiritual cup of eternal life, fortified and be sustained because God is our help and our strength yesterday, today and tomorrow! Pass the cup y'all! Pass the love!
God’s Riches Blessings to You,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author of:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises