Give Me My Flowers…

Give Me My Flowers...

PLEASE NOTE: As all good things come to an end, so will this blog. Please see the post “Time to Move On.”

This site is dedicated to the life of Rev. Jody Williams. It’s necessary because he will never extol himself, regardless of that oversized ego. When it comes to encouragement, providing a Biblical spin on every aspect of life, making things that aren’t become things that exist, making a way out of no way, giving his last to folk who will never pay him back, or never taking ‘no’ for an answer, Rev. is unmatched. So today, this blog’s author will make a humble attempt to share some of the chronicles of wisdom that Rev. Williams has provided.

This is not a memorial, because God said his sickness is NOT unto death. It’s more of a virtual THANK YOU. The 1965 song “Give Me My Flowers” was composed and performed by the great Rev. James Cleveland and his choir. The song advises us to honor people while they are still living, as opposed to falling out at the funeral and giving long tributes. Do it when they can hear you, if you really mean it.

It sums up the purpose of this collection of Rev. Williams’ stories and exhortations over many years. It would have been so much better if he still had his voice. Unfortunately, that’s in the repair shop so we’ll do the next best thing and paraphrase his profound words. They are words to encourage and change our minds, to bring up our latent power to get things done in spite of all obstacles.

It’s good to offer gratitude for a word that so many times, in all circumstances and situations, always provided solutions. Sometimes they were harsh words, and he said “take the medicine, you’ll feel better in the morning.” Sometimes, they caused the proverbial lightbulb to flash; sometimes you could only say, “Duh, why didn’t I think of that?” But the majority of the time, that word was correct.

I hope you enjoy the pearls of wisdom from one of God’s chosen prophets. There aren’t many left like this one.

Give Me My Flowers While I Yet Live – Rev. James Cleveland (1965)


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