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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My Children Talk Gibberish but I listen

I Love My Brother

Then there arose reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child and set him by him. “Who so ever shall receive this child in my name receives me: and who so ever shall receive me receives him that sent me. Luke 9:46-48

Listen to your children

Do you ever listen to your children or pay attention to their shallow school adventures? Jesus mentioned humility several times in Matthew. When we receive children in Jesus name we receive him Matt. 10:42 & 18:1-5.
In life we often choose to ignore children and disregard their conversation as complaining or silly gossip. Let’s face it is nothing but gibberish right?

God’s Blessing

When my children talk I listen. No matter how trivial it appears. God blessed my wife and me with two lovely children. They are out going, always showing affection and love to talk. Daily I see the Holy Spirit operating in them, through their actions and conversations. My son is inquisitive, while my daughter enlightens me with examples of how she spoke words of wisdom to friends.

On one occasion the Holy Spirit worked though my children. That event became the inspiration for this devotion. One evening they decided to play church. I, being preoccupied didn’t pay much attention until I was called into their circle of fun. With an audience of stuffed animals and Bible in hand, they asked me to preach. Initially reluctant, but I took the occasion to speak the word. This was a Just Do It moment and not a time to question God.

Was there a reason for me to preach/teach my children? Don’t know. Could I have continued with my undertaking? Yes, but I listened and used the occasion to edify the word of the Lord. Was it a message for the children to learn from? I may never know the intent for the impromptu bible class but one thing for certain LISTENING was the lesson.

God speaks to the hearts of your children. Humble yourself, receive, and learn from them. And remember God gave us two ears and one mouth for twice as much hearing and less talking!

Tigner James

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Grand Theater: Fort Worth, Texas A Picture is worth A Thousand words

By: Tigner Rand
The Grand Theater -Southside
Fort Worth, Texas - 1984
A theater painted on canvas could have no significant meaning.

Yet to many, this modest representation of a Black Historical landmark on Fort Worth Texas, Southside is reminiscent of childhood memories.

I was inspired many moons ago to paint this iconic location to capture the last twinkle of a once vibrant life-style surrounding Rosedale and Fabons Streets, Fort Worth's Southside. A hot July in 1984 froze in time. A photo archived my final chapter of an area’s transformation into a dormant state.

For many years this painting laid quiescent in my garage buried among other sketches and paintings of years gone by. At one time, The Grand Theater served as a beacon for natives of Fort Worth, Texas, connecting them one way or another to good-times, food, church or family gathering. Unbeknown to me did I realize that this restoration would be an evolution of flashbacks to ‘The good old days’.

A picture is worth a thousand words

This work of art has granted access to long forgotten images of my brain’s memory banks. Mental pictures emerged with crystal clear images. Childhood happy times materialized recalling weekend skating fun at Jolly Time Skate Rink, or that first kiss at the Poly Theater. Weekly rituals of Friday night football at Farrington Field, anticipated gravity defying basketball Ally-Oop's from Dunbar Flying Wildcats, cruising Don Carter bowling lanes, or just cooling out at the Car Wash on Berry St on a Saturday night. One cannot forget summer parties at the Forest Hill Club house, kicking back at old Bunche Park or Bar-b-que's in Sycamore Park! A picture can be more than a thousand words.

A New dawning
The Grand Theater -Southside
Fort Worth, Texas - 1984
photo by Tigner Rand

The Grand Theater was once home to a segregated world in Black America. But it also was the epitome of togetherness in a community. Where families would line up to see Hollywood’s greatest superstars on the silver screen, or children could fantasize of being a superhero.

As a reminder of history, The Grand sign still stands. Today the edifice houses 619 Productions, a community art center designed to revitalize a community and develop minds for the future.

So the next time you find yourself rummaging through discarded mementos, rediscover and chronicle those magical moments from photos, places, or visiting with childhood friends. Whatever your iconic landmarks, cultivate, cherish, and share them with others so they too can enjoy a piece of your memoirs!

Tigner Rand


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