This thought came to me yesterday afternoon or evening, and was confirmed this morning by a text from a great friend and brother of mine. The text simply said, "Prov 17:17.....". It says, "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity." Upon receiving this message, I am compelled to share my thoughts of yesterday. I think about the blood and lives of my mother and father. In this matter, I think of myself as a culmination of greatness, and a conduit through which greatness flows on to my children. What I gain from my father's blood is a greater respect for equality in terms of race, along with the desire and drive to really look at people and study situations for what they truthfully are, beyond appearances. Who am I to disregard my almost 30% European heritage because America called me "black" when I was born? From my mother's life, I've learned that often times your find a greater family in those who are not related to you by blood, but are willing to take care of you and pour into you as if you were their own. David and Jonathan were an example of this.
Taking what I gain from the blood and lives of my parents, we teach our kids how to navigate and be safe in a society that judges by stereotype and assumption. On top of that, we teach them about love and how to respect others, no matter what. Also, looking at the blood and lives of my parents, in me, I see a cornucopia of culture, character, morals and values. I like to think that I am a good man and decent example for my kids, but I can't say that I got here on my own. I am grateful for my parents, their lives and blood. Being born of any others, who knows who or how I'd be today, or if I'd even be alive. I am also grateful for those friends, brothers, and sisters God has place along the way, who have been friends who love at all times and brothers/sisters born for times of adversity.
Williams, Corbin, Hampton, Hollomon, Coleman, Ducloux, and who knows what other lines, all pour into the man you see in me today. In addition to these many lines, I have friends who are bonded to me stronger than gorilla glue. Again, I am grateful to God for all in my life. There is only one word that can explain all this love, and only one word that can be called its source. The one Word is Jesus, Ultimate Love incarnate.
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Bryan Hollomon Williams