It Is Well With My Soul

Saturday, August 1, 2020

To all that are concerned:
 
Greetings all, I hope this short letter finds you well and in good humor. As I watched the Funeral service for Congressman John Lewis, I could not keep from being emotionally drawn in by the beautiful funeral service he received. Not only was he shown great respect, but he also was given (with proud display) the most honorable farewell our nation can bestow upon a beloved native son … a funeral befitting his storied life.

While watching the tribute to Mr. Lewis, I was especially impressed when I heard the booming bass voice of Wintley Phipps sing “It is well with my soul,” for it reminded me that although our nation is going through a very troubling time, YET… it is well with my soul …and I do believe that if we stay the course and continue to try to keep our moral compass pointed true, we shall persevere, just as we have since we declared this nation to be a God fearing red blooded blend of the most diverse tribe of mixed racial & ethnic family groups that God ever bestowed his grace upon!

Also, it can be well with all our souls if we desire it to be. I was also reminded of how far our nation has come in race relations in the last several years. How I look around my neighborhood and see the diverse yet kindred souls that I call neighbor & friend. We are a mixed blend of wonderful ethnic and racial diversity as you might find in any city in the region. We are the quintessential all American neighborhood.

I do know that if all of one's neighbors treated their neighbor like my neighbors treat me and mine, we will all be well within our soul. I pray each day … that it will remain so. 

I say this with hope and lots of confidence after seventy-three years on God’s green Earth. I have learned that, we are … All of us … for the most part, good people, no matter what our differences may be.

James A Bolt 


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