And The Walls Came Tumbling Down
Mahalia Jackson sang, Joshua fit de Battle of Jericho, and her rendition of the song and the way she breathed life and spirit into the words with her voice made her famous all over the world. Today, here in Europe, people still listen to Mahalia Jackson, and if you were to ask them who is the gospel or spiritual singer they have heard of, they would probably say Mahalia Jackson. I mention Mahalia, not because I compare myself to her, because I would have a long way to go to even get half way to what she accomplished and left behind for future generations. No, my mind is on the last part of the sentence in the song, And The Walls Came Tumbling Down.
I compare those walls tumbling down to the career of any writer. We start out writing, some very early in life, others later. We write with the hope that one of these days the wall will crack so we are able to write, live and eat from what we love and devote the energy within to the creative ideas, which reveal themselves in our spirits. I say spirit because it is the Spirit that gives words life. Words without life are meaningless.
Tonight, I am sitting here writing an update about what has taken place in my own life concerning two of my blogs, Walk On and Wind, Rain, Winding Roads & Sunshine, the -By-Ways of Life.
Recently, I was spotlighted by Morgen Bailey. She did an excellent job because the afterglow from the spotlight has knocked a tiny dent in the wall. I still cannot write, live and eat from my writing, but people are beginning to notice I am somewhere out there. Thanks to the Morgen’s spotlight, Siggy Buckley approached me and let me know she likes what I write and wants to help. The stretched out hand to help me came from an unexpected corner and tonight my eleventh article on The Champions Who Walked Among Us series entitled, The Ice Breaker, is being featured on Writers Getting Together, and I thought about Mahalia’s song, And The Walls Came Tumbling Down.
Many of you may not know it, but I have a blog on TypePad too. It was my very first blog, and my step into the unknown. It was also one of the blogs featured on my author’s spotlight done by Morgen. Yesterday, I started a new series on that blog. It is different from my champion series on women that I write on my Walk On blog. The Chosen is a series, which deals with my own relationship to the Bible. Please don’t get scared and run from me, because I am not trying to preach at you. My main purpose in this series is to let people in on why I am the way I am and give them a glance of where I get my will to keep pushing forward. Therefore, it was necessary to introduce the series with an article about my own feelings towards the Bible, as well as, published the first article about my chosen topic at the same time. The first two articles concerning The Chosen series, are published, and I thought again on Mahalia’s song, And The Walls Came Tumbling Down.
Step by step, little by little, dent by dent, a crack will take place. I don’t know when, but I do know one thing, when it happens, I will think about Mahalia’s song––And The Wall Came Tumbling Down.
You may read and leave comments to the featured article on Writers Getting Together at http://writersgettogether.blogspot.de,
And read and leave comments for The Chosen series on Typepad at http://www.patgarciaschaack.com/the-by-ways-of-life/2012/09/the-chosen-an-introduction-to-the-series.html and http://www.patgarciaschaack.com/the-by-ways-of-life/2012/09/the-chosen-article-1-the-shepherd-boy.html.
Thanks to all of you. My encounter with each of you is like a ray of sunshine on my journey.