Reporting "LIVE" from Parkland
Health & Hospital System, Dallas, TX
Despite the vast array of personal and political views today, nobody can deny the fact that both of these men were truly GREAT MEN who were courageous, dreamed BIG dreams and saw the Day of the FULFILLMENT of those DREAMS... where INJUSTICE would be dealt a DEATH BLOW, and be FAIRLY JUDGED, and when Liberty, Freedom and Justice for ALL would prevail once again.
Yesterday, I had the priviledge of participating in THREE separate and distinctly unique events, whereby I was not only able to DREAM again of a BRIGHTER FUTURE for my city, state and country, but also saw the distinctive earmarks, rumblings and fruition of those DREAMS...not only for myself and my COUNTRY, but ultimately for the NATIONS.
My day began fairly normally at 4:00 a.m....Get up...Shower...Breakfast and a nice walk, bus ride and additional walk (due to the unpredictable, but oh so predictable delays of the DART #2 bus) to my final destination...arriving at around 6:00 am at the S.O.U.L CHURCH (http://soulchurch.org/our-calling/) which is an open-air ministry that feeds, clothes and ministers to the homeless and poor a few blocks west of The Bridge (a Homeless Recovery Center, located at 1818 Corsicana, Dallas, TX 75201). Born and raised poor in Kenosha, WI, Pastor Leon had DREAMS that did not include the poor and the lost. But after he surrendered his life to Christ in 1994, Pastor Leon began to hear the voice of God which eventually led to ministry on the streets of Dallas, Texas...so the replacement of OLD DREAMS with NEW DREAMS...and today, the FULLFILMENT of those DREAMS.
After a truly beautiful service that ended with 300 or more broken and healed men, women and children coming together in a huge circle of linked arms and hands and the exorbitantly abundant and generous feeding of all by multiple volunteers from various area churches, I walked a bit aimlessly towards Main Street Gardens, a large dog and public park located between Main and Elm and Harwood and St. Paul.
Immediately I spotted on Elm Street a very nice Harley Davidson Police Motorcyle, two police (a man and a woman), a large tour bus/motorhome, another very nice "civilian" motorcycle parked sideways in front of the tour bus/motorhome, and several very handsomely dressed and looking men and woman (most with still and video cameras and tri-pods), that radiated importance and confidence. Though very closed-mouth about their specific agenda, they were very courteous to my inquiries as a reporter/blogger, and "unofficially" disclosed to me that they were shooting a car commercial for Acura (http://www.acura.com/?ef_id=9jZO75YZ7HsAAIjm:20130121134957:s). Due to the time-sensativeness and "classified" content of their shoot, they could not allow me to take pictures, nor even disclose the make and model of the vehicle they were shooting...BUT based on the vehicles shown on their website, I believe it was the 2013 Acura ILX (150-hp, 2.0-liter, i-VTEC® 4-cyl.
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In spite of the impressiveness and sheer elegance of the vehicle and driver being shot, something about this shoot impressed me even more. It was the honest intrigue and interest in the PEOPLE in the park yesterday. Anyone who is familiar with this particular park KNOWS of the co-mingling and interaction of races, the economic extremes from the middle and upper class wealthy to the poorest of the poor and homeless, the sports, athletic and pet-owner oriented to the artistically and intellectually inclined, from the very old, to the very young...and everything inbetween. It was the picture of a FIELD of DREAMS...that if you BUILD it, it WILL COME...from the ones LIVING out their DREAMS...to those living in the place of regret and sorrow from failed dreams...to the one inspired by the TRUTH of "You cannot FAIL, if you CHOOSE to get up AGAIN", and that NO MATTER WHAT...they were GETTING UP to TRY and TRY and TRY (like PINK sings of in her song entitled "TRY"...http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/videos/pink-try-ama-performance/).
At 11:00 sharp I left the park and headed, (still a bit aimlessly, but definitely more directed), to the St. Jude Chapel at 1521 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201 (http://www.stjudechapel.org/) which put me just in time for their 11:30 Mass. Now I am not Catholic (I was raised Baptist, but tend to steer more towards a non-denominational/charismatic/penecostal "stream"), nor have ever even attended a Catholic Church, but something and Someone directed me to this specific place of BELIEVERS...
This particular service, I learned, was the "Second Sunday in Ordinary Time", January 20, 2013). The start of the service began with a dramatic/theatrical 1st person recording of a person playing the part of the Virgin Mary and her recollection of the time in history when an Angel appeared to her in a Vision or Dream and told her that Jesus, the Son of God would be conceived and birthed through her with the aid of the Holy Spirit. This rendering of the Immaculate Conception was followed bv several comments, readings, prayer and the opening and reading of the scriptures by Father Jonathan Austin and the leading of praise and worship by Angela Orlino.
Though every part of the service, ceremony and message rang of TRUTH and INSPIRATION, the most memorable and meaningful portion to me personally was the beautiful rhetoric Father Austin used to clearly explain the TRUTHs of the AGES...That ALL scripture is the Word of GOD, and should be read DAILY by ALL...That ALL creation must recognize, and be inspired to create by the CREATOR...That we are ALL designed to be CHARISMATIC or "Exercise a compelling charm that inspires devotion in others"...and that when Father Jonathan Austin personally visited the late Pope John Paul II in Rome a few years back, he witnessed the deep groanings and undecipherable "words" of his [the Pope's] spirit that Pope John Paul II adamently and clearly articulated to the Father as "tongues".
So by the time I left this small Catholic Chapel around 1:00 pm, I realized I had been a participant in THREE beautiful moments that inspired the frution and spurring on of DREAMS...and all before the clock struck ONE...For me, threes symbolize "confirmation" as it often takes me three times to "get it", and recognize and hear the TRUTH. A "one" in the Hebrew language means "UNITY" and of course GOD in the Jewish, Christian and Catholic faiths is described as the "The THREE in ONE", or the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
So TODAY, as we "officially" witness the inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama and remember the LIFE and DREAMS of Martin Luther King, Jr., dare to DREAM your own DREAM, laying aside fear of failure...cause you can only fail by choosing not to get up...and DREAM...again.