James Weldon Johnson (Famous Black Poet) 1871-1938
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Born James William Johnson in Jacksonville, Florida, on June 17,1871; he changed his middle name to Weldon in 1913.
James was the son of a headwaiter and the first female black public school teacher in Florida, both of whom had roots in Nassau, Bahamas. He was the second of three children. Johnson’s interests in reading and music were encouraged by his parents.
Johnson earned an A.B. in 1894 from Atlanta University. He was brought up in a middle-class setting, and for a time shielded from poverty. The summer before he graduated college, James attended the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois where he visited a celebration called “Colored People’s Day” and heard Fredrick Douglass speak, and heard the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar whom he instantly befriended.
Answer to Prayer
Der ain’t no use in sayin’ de Lawd won’t answer prah (prayer);
If you knows how to ax Him, I knows He’s bound to heah (hear).
De trouble is, some people don’t ax de proper way,
Den w’en dey git’s no answer dey doubts de use to pray.
You got to use egzac’ly (exactly) de ‘spressions (expressions) an’ de words
To show dat ‘tween yo’ faith an’ works, you ‘pends on works two-thirds.
Now, one time I remember — jes how long I won’t say—
I thought I’d like a turkey to eat on Chris’mus day.
Fu’ weeks I dreamed ’bout turkeys, a-struttin’ in der pride;
But seed no way to get one — widout de Lawd pervide.
An’ so I went to prayin’, I pray’d wid all my might;
“Lawd, sen’ to me a turkey.” I pray’d bofe day an’ night.
“Lawd, sen’ to me a turkey, a big one if you please.”
I ‘clar to heaben I pray’d so much I mos’ wore out ma knees.
I pray’d dat prah so often, I pray’d dat prah so long,
Yet didn’t git no turkey, I know’d ’twas sump’n wrong.
So on de night ‘fore Chris’mus w’en I got down to pray,
“Lawd, sen’ me to a turkey,” I had de sense to say.
“Lawd, sen’ me to a turkey.” I know dat prah was right,
An’ it was sholy answer’d; I got de bird dat night.
In this poem by Johnson, he talks about how he prayed for a turkey, but he speaks of how he was asking the Lord wrong.
By James W. Johnson
We often forget that God owes us nothing, but “We Owe Him Everything”. and many of us pray selfishly without thinking of how offended the Lord may be. In James 4, he speaks of this and explains, how they prayed for selfish reasons, and how God didn’t answer them. So, when you kneel/bow in prayer, humble your requests before the Lord and present yourselves according to His Will. And remember to pray that God searches our hearts and removes our selfish ways and replaces them with His So that our lives our aligned with His perfect plan for us
James 4: 1-3
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
2) Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
3) Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Journaling To My Truth
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