For the Young Black Male

You have greatness stored up in you.

Do not despair.

You are made in the image of God.


You are in the likeness of the first Adam; the very one who named all the animals-

be it a giraffe,

Or maybe a penguin,

Perhaps plankton.

He named them all.

God so loved the world

That He gave His Only Son.

You are beloved by God who is loved,



Chin up, Head high,

You are loved greatly by One who knows you so well.

One acquainted with grief,

So you would persevere.

One wounded for your transgressions,

So you could have hope and a future.

One bruised for your iniquities,

So you could Speak Up, Boy!

One who took the cup of suffering,

So you could rejoice.

A Father to the Fatherless

Never abandoned,

Never forsaken,

Never alone.

He cares for the birds,

He cares about your clothes,

He cares about your hair.

He left you a Helper,

A Comforter.

Young Black Male,

Chin up,

Head up,

Speak up.

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