Luke 22:32 – But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not. And when thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Ephesians 6:10 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.
Many years ago, in 2002, I was on my way to work, when I saw him get on the train. A young teenager, entered the car I was on, black as coal. No, really, I’m not laughing. He was blacker than any person I have ever seen. I immediately noticed his demeanor, his countenance and it said to me, here is an abused young person. Not physically, but his spirit appeared so broken. He would not look up, his shoulders were slumped and when he got off the train…he slowly shuffled. My heart went out to that young man. I wanted to go up to him and just take him in my arms and hold him. I dared not because he was a teenager and I know he would have been embarrassed. Do you know any teenagers?? I wondered if anyone in his life was encouraging him. I thought of words to say to him that might let him know that he mattered.
I thought of him the next morning and then I thought of all the brothas in my life, especially the ones that bring me joy. I remembered the tribute that Angie Stone sings so well about brothas. And so on this morning, I would just like to encourage the sistas to encourage the brothas. I am convinced that women will never, ever, experience the complexities or struggles that our men do. We, as nurturers, should bless and encourage our brothas when the opportunity is provided. Is there a man in your life that you can encourage today? It can be as simple as fixing a plate for him without asking, ‘why can’t you do it?’ I don’t need to tell you what to do, right? I’m sure you know how to encourage a brotha!!!
Men are wonderful and beautiful creatures. I don’t want to be without them in my life. There is something so comforting about being encircled in a man’s arms. There is nothing like seeing a strong man be strong. Ever watched a man enter a room with so much assurance about him? My God, to see a man with his hands lifted and tears streaming blesses me. You, men, reading this….are beautiful…you bless my life! Thanks for being what God designed. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.