A Message From The Publisher
Reflecting on the recent celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Westside Gazette, we are so humbled, forgiving and joyous of every word spoken on behalf of the combining accolades and salutations bestowed upon our families. We meant it from our souls when we say, “It is because of you that we are…” Thank you. The walk down memory lane reassured us that the honor of those who came before us will continue to be realized and celebrated for the invaluable services of their great contributions. And the stories captured affirmed and magnified our existence as a people of credibility who contributed to this once unpleasant place. It humbled me like a punch to my stomach, but the hurt and pain brought tears of joy to the commemoration of the souls gone on that lay witness to brilliancy. For those who could still convey verbal recording of our triumphs and treasures of our pains and tragedies, to hear and see our history written in the brows and wrinkles on their faces, I bowed in submission, paying homage and offering that my father and mother would be more fitting than I to draw from the well of the history of the Westside Gazette instead of me. –Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
16A gracious woman attains honor,…Proverbs 11:16
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
As we begin National Women’s Month, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what we have learned from the women who have touched life and shaped its destiny.
From those who have been a whisper like a soft breeze blowing across a lowly meadow in the Garden of Eden; to those who have reverberated like resounding thunder traversing the vast wetlands of the Everglades, their beauty, strength and courage has made us who we are.
Like a mother’s guarded care of her babies, women have not discriminated in caring for others. They have taken this world to feed upon their breast, to nourish and care for those who did not come through her.
With delicate hands women have ignored our deficiencies and shaped and molded us with the perfection of a skilled sculptor trained by God. Even though we come to her broken, battered and scarred, she knows she must prepare us for what lies ahead. Like the woman who poured perfume on Jesus’ feet, she had done something to prepare Him for His burial.
“Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” Matthew 26:13(KJV)
Godly wisdom has strengthened women so they question not their abilities to offer themselves as sacrifices in order that others may flourish from their unselfish aspirations.
They accept birth pains as a right of passage and as a badge of honor not as a want to be judged unrightfully because life comes through them. Even though some may not be able to give birth, they have sustained life.
They seem to thrive in desolate situations, where there is no manly love or respect for them. They have been cast out because time has worn on their physical attributes and we fall short of seeing their inner beauty. Like vultures we prey on them, thinking that they are helpless.
“Sinners take advantage of widows and other helpless women. But God’s mighty strength destroys those in power. Even if they seem successful, they are doomed to fail.” Job 24:21(CEV)
In the woman we find life after death. Death to the woman is the ability to live for others without retaliation and smile while doing so. She finds solace in the comfort of her being without pretense, and she rises from what kills others like a beacon of hope.
Each day of National Women’s Month, let us find ways to encourage our women to be the awe inspiring, undaunted splendor and life cultivating wonders that they are.
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30
“When life has tossed me against its rugged shores and I can’t seem to find a place to rest. I thank God for the comfort of a woman and give to her my insurmountable best.” …Bobby R. Henry, Sr.