Beliefs

Speechless

I have preached on it, talked about it many times. It wasn’t until I experienced it for myself that a most significant understanding within me came to be. Upon receiving this understanding, it became very quiet within me and is reflecting the same in my outer experience. Of…

Same Script, Different Cast

Over a year now, I believe, when we in the United States began to be pulled into a long, continuous story of outrage – every statement, behavior or past exploit by a certain public figure more distasteful than its precedent. Depending upon one’s level of emotional intelligence, or…

Starrdust: Reflections

There is no doubt we are living in extreme times, but before I go there, let me offer context. As I consider the topic “Reflection” for this edition of Garden Spices Magazine, I go to the dictionary. So many times I have pasted meaning upon words, thoughts, emotions, circumstances,…

Words of Russell Clayton

NEW LIFE I am welcoming new life into my body, breathed into my soul by the very joy of my heavenly experience here on Earth. I will allow the events of this day to unfold for me and my greater purpose. Each moment that I am truly present,…

In The Looking Glass

As soon as I received the word “Reflection” for this issue, I heard The Supremes singing in my ear. The very next thought was associated with the Gospel Song, “When I Look Back Over My Life.” But for some reason, neither of these conceptual ideas fit this article….

We the Dreamers

We are the dreamers, the ones with souls as deep as oceans and with the reflections of stars in our upturned eyes. We’re the wistful, the hopeful, and the quiet ones, gazing off in the distance with that absent but knowing smile. With our heads in the clouds…

Shifting

Nothing. I had nothing for the topic/word this go round. See, I write from experience. I don’t project or suppose. Over the past couple of years of contributing to Garden Spices, I had a personal relationship with the topic. Either I had lived through or was currently living…

There Is a Divine Force Within You

There Is a Divine Force within you. Since the day you drew your first breath, He was there. From the time you took your first step, He has held you upright. Since the first time you realized how powerful you are, He was present. When you cried, He…

Arriving with Dignity

Miracles still happen.  God knows where we belong, who we all really are. How to arrive with Dignity. Coming forth from beyond an alcohol-induced haze, from the rubble of community dysfunction surrounding race, religion fraught with function and form, yet, often dim when compared to hope in the…

Now is Not Then

I picked up the phone and it was my favorite call on the line, a crying woman. She had just received a diagnosis with not too good of a prognosis. She was sitting in the car in the parking lot of the clinic. After the flood, I suggested…