Over the weekend, the arts and entertainment community buried who we know as the face of Systemic Sclerosis Scleroderma, Demetria Williams (Sunrise October 28, 1971 – Sunset June 2, 2018). Also known to her community as a host, a fashion model, an activist, and a prayer warrior, Williams used her platforms of social media, radio, television, church and even runways to bring awareness to Systemic Scleroderma. According to sciencedirect.com, “Scleroderma or systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a connective tissue disease of unknown etiology, complex gene-tics, substantial mortality, and no cure. The disease has world-wide distribution, with 150,000 to 300,000 persons affected in the United States.” SSc attacked Demetria’s body without warning, bringing the disease into the forefront of public awareness.
At her homegoing celebration, one could hear light sobs, but essentially time stood still at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church as funeral attendees, inclusive of South Florida’s most talented, reflected on their personal lives, its impact and their legacies. Ironically, I entered the building feeling less than alive, feeling routine and sinking in my own sorrow. I was going through my own storm but was determined to pay my respect. And the selfish part of me was hoping the Lord would meet me there with a divine message concerning my growth and direction.
God used Demetria’s homegoing celebration to remind me that his messages were directly tied to my praise. When the anointing fell on male singer, Kenyatta Scott, within seconds, the entire church was in complete worship mode. The atmosphere was set, and our collective worship was resurrecting dreams and ideas. It was invoking passion and creativity. It was inspiring methods and purpose. Guests were rising up out of their seats and throwing up hands in total surrender. Amongst a multitude of worshippers, the spirit of gratitude put freshness in the air. It was evident that Demetria was orchestrating one last earthly show called Worship Anyway.
Then faith rose up as Demetria’s twin sister, Davica, went into action. She ascended to the pulpit, dressed like a Queen in an emerald green gown, grabbed the mic, and repeatedly said “It is well with my soul!” Subsequently, she squared off with the audience and said, “For those of you sitting on your calling, it is time to rise up and do the work! God has fashioned it this way…”
Truth be told, together these sisters acquired notoriety through their social platforms, and when Demetria was diagnosed with Scleroderma, they didn’t bury their talent. They rose to the occasion using those same platforms to bring awareness to a disease that is killing hundreds of thousands. Even in death, Demetria William’s legacy will continue as she leaves behind a lengthy résumé of work and impact. And her twin sister, her son and her daughter will no doubt carry on the mission. But now, let our truth also be told, that as we build our legacies that we worship God for what is and what’s to come. “God has fashioned it this way.”
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