Today's topic is about long-suffering and when we tell you that Black women know long-suffering, we ain’t lied. We have turned a kind of slow burn of pain into muscle, into magic. Every Black woman we know has made long-suffering and patience an art. The ability to practice patience in the face of hate is a virtue of God. It’s one of the Fruits of the Spirit. It's hard and it's why Black women are ready to lead. Patience or forbearance or long-suffering is not passive. It is staying the course of your most amazing life every single day, and that requires muscle. It requires discipline for loving yourself.
We know what it's like when you have the kind of fire that threatens to burn you down. You can let it burn you down or you can stoke it and let it live in your belly and let it fire you and propel you through your suffering.
In practice, this means creating a muscle of being mindful and grateful for every single moment and garnering the strength of generations which has brought you here today. We have fire from the long-suffering of our foremothers. It is time for us to stay in lockstep until we are ready to activate. That is what long-suffering is. It is the muscle of magic.
We thank you, Lord God, that regardless of the situation and circumstance, in trial or tribulation, that you give us the ability to stand. We thank you for this character trait from you, Lord God. We thank you for the ability to dance in the rain and stand in the storm and rejoice in our sufferings. Right now we ask that you equip us with your armor, with the whole armor of God. The armor, the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, and the sword of your spirit. We ask that you give us peace that passes all understanding, in the name of Jesus. We ask you right now to come into the mess of every woman and child who is standing at your feet. To the only wise God, our savior and glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and forevermore.