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When it has all been said and done

Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

When it has all been said and done

Therefore at such a time the prudent person keeps silent, for it is an evil time.     Amos 5:13 (NAS)

By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

      A champion for his village first. A warrior for his people first. A martyr for his cause first. A hero to his sons first. His mommy’s baby boy first. I listened tentatively as people spoke about, spoke of and over Carlton Bradley Moore and one thing resonated with me-his life was now over on this side of his journey.

I am not stating that the purpose of his life was completed, for when a farmer puts a seed in the ground, its life purpose has just begun. That seed has to bring forth to fruition the essence of moving life right along.

The biblical message that implies that we can only make a deposit but it is God who grows us to our full potential is stated in this passage:

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”                                  1 Corinthians 3:6-9 (NIV)

As it is with any harvest before there can be the smallest amount of benefit to what has been brought forth, there has to be some strenuous, rigid and laboring of ground breaking, sweat producing efforts.

Tears have watered the way for many soldiers and freedom fighters to follow in the greener pastures to their eternal home.

Trials, confrontations and people turning their backs on them, leaving them alone to battle and speak truth to power has left groves of emotionless scars on the faces of hope of leaders like Carlton Bradley Moore.

They have accepted their fate of loneliness, rejection and the isolation that comes from being set apart and assigned to a life of short lived moments of peace.

These blissful time periods are bombarded with explosions that wreak havoc on the misled notions that a life of a leader is fun-filled and rewarding.

It seems that the only accolades given are at the time when they can no longer hear them nor respond to them-except with a nonverbal gesture and a peaceful expression on their face with closed eyes.

As our friend, torch bearer and confidante rode for the last time on the streets that he made to reaffirm, to begin to receive the rich legacy and prominence of those heroes and sheroes who once stood in the gap for the less fortunate and those whose voice was sometimes heard as a whisper that fell on the ears of wanna-be laudable giants of this City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

God, our heavenly Father please accept our friend, brother and son, home for his eternal rest and may he find the peace, equality and acceptance of true love for all of Your people—-Amen



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