I first discovered the insatiable Pearl Cleage during college. Although I’ve read this book before, it never ceases to inspire me. The book is about a woman who is positive for HIV. Her world changes, and she goes back home to visit with her sister, before heading to San Francisco to live the rest of her life….. Only she finds it won’t be so easy to leave her family and friends for good, due to the wretched conditions of the community. The following is an excerpt from the novel. It really makes me think about my prayer/meditation lifestyle. Am I waiting to pray out of danger or to remain safe?
Before we hung up, Joyce asked me if I ever prayed. I told her I had tried to start up when I got sick, but I quit because I knew I was hedging my bets. I figured if I was smart enough to know that, God must know it too, and would probably not only grant my selfish prayers, but might figure I needed to be taught a lesson for trying to bullshit him in the first place. I know once you repent, Jesus himself isn’t big on punishment, but according to all the Old Testament stories I ever heard, his father was not above it.
June is National AIDS Awareness Month, and June 27th is International AIDS Awareness Day. Get informed+Inform Others+Community Awareness+Community Engagement= Change