29 Aug Sermon Snap Shot August 25, 2019
I can’t address today’s topic without saying a few words about Toni Wofford Morrison – Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner and longtime professor at Princeton University.
Toni’s dad was born in Cartersville, GA (outside of Atlanta) and her mother was from across the state line in Alabama. They both left the South in their early teens, looking for a better life in Lorain, Ohio, just west of Cleveland. Toni was born and raised there, and she eventually graduated from Lorain High School before earning degrees at both Howard and Cornell.
Sadly, we lost Toni Morrison several weeks ago. She will be remembered as one of the most impactful American writers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. And, as some of you know, the reason I must mention her today is that her most celebrated work was entitled, “Beloved.”
The book is actually the first in a trilogy and was later made into a movie starring Oprah and Danny Glover. The story is quite intense, as it tells the saga of slaves in Kentucky escaping to Ohio in pursuit of freedom and a better life, only to have the horrors of their past forever haunting them.
When describing the thread that ties the trilogy together, Morrison said this:
“The conceptual connection [between the three books] is the search for the beloved – the part of the self that is you, and loves you, and is always there for you.”
I love that. The “Beloved” within each if us is that part of ourselves that is truly us – our very core, our very essence. It is that seed or spark of divinity within us that loves us and promises to never leave us.
From Sunday, August 25 message based on I John 4:7-12, “The ABC’s of Faith: ‘B’ for Beloved”
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC