What would a Revival be without our cousin, “Georgia Tom” DORSEY? It makes sense as I began to meditate on REBIRTH: It’s Time For Revival, the Ancestors would send the soothing words of Precious Lord, Take My Hand, to my lips.
The JACKSON clan has long-held Precious Lord, composed by Thomas A. DORSEY close to the heart. It, along with I’ll Fly Away and Jesus Loves Me are the songs of my childhood that will always ring most clear!
As I began to sing, Spirit summoned memories of my Great Grandmother Annie CARTER JACKSON, pins clinched between her teeth, hanging fresh clothes on the line; softly comforting herself with familiar words. She was always so quiet working the line, makes me wonder now who and/or what life event was Grandma cloaking in prayer?
And my Uncle Jake, Rev. Ronald M. JACKSON, Sr. sitting high in the pulpit of St. Paul A.M.E Church was there too! I see him now, regal in his flowing purple and black robe, big glasses over eyes closed with his head tilted back; swaying easy as the choir behind carried him and us away.