2017-04-21 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

An older gentleman once told me that life is like candy, you have to take the bitter with the sweet. Well, why does it always seem that some people's candy never appears to be bitter, while others seem never to receive the sweet? Like most of you, my children were out of school this week. It allowed me to reflect on a few things. Most importantly, God is good all the time. Yes, our world is wicked, but God is not the author of it. There are dark forces at work in our world. With each closing day, we are getting closer to death. Since death is inevitable, we must work while it is day. Armed with this knowledge, we must do what is required of us while we have the opportunity. Time and opportunity are presented to each of us, but we all don’t make full proof of it.

My nephew Warren Shivers is getting ready to graduate from high school in a few short months. He will head off to college in the fall to fulfill his purpose in life and to defeat greater giants. Overcomers are who we are. One of my favorite biblical stories is about the children of Israel, who were ordained to enter the promise land. However, they allowed the giants that were in the land to overrule the promises of God. My friend, your perception is not always your reality, especially when God is in the equation. Go forward and tackle the giants that have been holding you back in your career, family, health, etc.

I was always taught to give our loved ones their flowers while they can still enjoy them. On that note, I would like to ask everyone to pray for one of Redfern’s oldest existing residents Ms. Mozel Griffin. Ms. Griffin has lived in Far Rockaway for over 50 years. I was told that she was forcibly removed from her residence at 14-68 Beach Channel Drive. Ms. Griffin has Alzheimers and dementia. Since being diagnosed, her primary caregivers have been Crystal Dugan and Mr. Quan Starks. Mr. Starks has been an active member of the community working in the human services field as well as dealing with misguided youth. He has also been dealing with some personal health issues, having surgery on his spine in 2016. I want to wish Mr. Starks a happy belated birthday, and I pray that justice will be served.

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