Friday, June 25, 2010

Why Not Moammar Khadaffi?


Many. Many Moons Ago...

I attended religious worship at a Black Hebrew Temple lead by Rabbi Peters or Peterson on Chene Street in Detroit, Michigan. I had two daughters, Gloria and Angela. Gloria now 42 years old, was then a toddler. Angela, now 41 years old, was a young infant unable to sit up. At several Temple meetings, it was announced that a Divination would be held and it was important for us to attend. I attended the 'Divination Forum' with my two babies. The gentleman performing this Divination was a black man that was a visitor to the Temple. This occasion started out with prayers and singing. The gentleman in charge (I apologize I have long since forgotten his name) announced that a 'new leader' was coming into power in the African nation of Libya. He went on to say that this man was a leader for the people...and that tonight we are gathered together to make sure this 'new leader' takes his seat of power safely with a long and prosperous leadership...and that we must always keep him in our hearts and prayers.
This gentleman announced that this 'Divination' would be done by candle burnings. Unfortunately, I cannot remember what colors of candles he used nor the color sequence. I distinctly remember the color of the last candle he burned which was green. I can recall that this ceremony went on for more than a day. I was so exhausted from holding my baby and trying to keep Gloria comfortable. Finally, this ceremony came to an end and the gentleman in charged told us to keep watch for this new leader for he will soon come into power. We departed in prayer.
Upon my arrival home, I got my children situated and put to bed. I stayed up and wrote a prayer for this new Libyan Leader, that had no name, and placed this prayer on my main altar. I watched and listened for a new leader coming into power in the nation of Libya. I use to always read a weekly magazine of The Detroit Newspaper. To my amazement I can across a small and short announcement that a new leader, named Moammar Khadaffi, had taken power in Libya. I was elated to know that the time I spent at the 'Divination Forum' was not in vein! I kept my prayers and 'protective curses' flowing for this Libyan leader, Moammar Khadaffi. Time passed and a few months or so went by and I finally saw a picture of Moammar Khadaffi wearing a suit on what seemed like some kind of ship or what have you. Through the years to this day, I have been faithful to the old 'Divination Forum.' All of my six children grew-up seeing Moammar Khadaffi's picture on my wall, regardless to where I have lived. When most black families had pictures of Christ, Dr. Martin Luther King and John Kennedy on their walls; I had a picture of Moammar Khadaffi on my wall. Different people, family members and friends would come to my place of residence and a few would ask, “..who is that?” I would tell them that is Colonel Moammar Khadaffi, the leader of Libya. Nothing more was asked or said. Moammar Khadaffi's picture embraces my wall to this day. Why not Moammar Khadaffi? I see Mr. Khadaffi as a strong, able and competent leader!
Departing in Divine Peace and Blessings to All...
Some people feel this is the reason my son was murdered. Maybe so, Mr. Khadaffi's picture is still on my wall!