Opinion: “The works I’ve done ….”

We lost the great Sharon Jones a year ago tomorrow, after a long and heroic battle against cancer. Before her departure, however, the Georgia-born Jones left us with this, a cut off her new, posthumously released album “Soul of a Woman.”

In an interview shortly before her death, she referenced her fondness for a gospel classic, “May the Works I’ve Done Speak for Me.” The opening lyrics go like this:

May the works I’ve done speak for me.
May the works I’ve done speak for me.
When I’m resting in my grave,
there’s nothing to be said;
May the works the works I’ve done,
Speak for me.”

Her works don’t merely speak, they sing.

 

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..Olivia_
..Olivia_

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Btw, Rev. Jesse Jackson announced Friday that he has Parkinson's Disease, as did his father, but he will fight it and will continue his life's work in giving "hope to the hopeless."


Jesse Jackson is a very good man whom I have respected throughout my life.  I had the opportunity to hug him once in my 40s and again in my 60s.  Jackson was one politician about whom my father and I disagreed.  My father thought he had too much personal arrogance.  I disagreed with my dad on that.  I always admired Jesse Jackson's Chutzpah in trying to make America more equitable.  I do not think my dear Southern gentleman father understood the personality of the Chicago bred and born Jesse Jackson.  My father greatly admired Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., another Southern man, although my father never voiced because King was likewise Southern.  I simply think Dad understood, by osmosis, the character and persona of King but not of Jackson.  The Holy Spirit manifests itself in different ways in different people, but all to His glory in different ways.

booger hux4952
booger hux4952


Reverend?

sHARPTON, jACKSON AND THE COMMUNIST LEANER kING...

i CAn go on...J.Wright (GD America)....

ah huh....

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Denise285


I am so proud to say that I recognized Barack Obama's talent, intelligence, compassion, and competence to serve others when he first arrived on the political scene, and I never waivered in my opinion of his worth to our nation and world in spite of the silly mockery by some men on this very blog who claimed I had a "teenage crush" on President Barack Obama.  Projection of one's own silly perceptions to mine, erroneously and disrespectfully.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Denise285


(But I forgive that sexism directed at me personally, because I try to allow the Holy Spirit to have the control of my life. 


Without the Holy Spirit's work in me, I probably would hold onto resentment much longer.  The above is simply testimony to how cruel sexism can be toward, even, women of some intelligence and years.)

2geniuses
2geniuses

I feel very fortunate to have heard Sharon and the Dap Kings live in a small club setting at the Earl about 10 years back. Powerful in  that goosebumps inducing sort of way.