Editor’s note: Our intern, Agee, recently had the opportunity to attend a service at Emaneul AME Church in Charleston, the site of the tragic mass shooting last June. She wished to share her response to the experience here.
There is a special message to be shared about the “Giants” who have come before us that have paved the way for unity among our communities. They have suffered through adversity yet stood strong through it all. We owe it to them to be able to share our ideas, cultures, and unique backgrounds that make this country of ours a special place. It is important to realize how each one of us contributes to our society by adding our own type of seasoning. We must learn to move forward together as a nation for a better tomorrow—even when times get rough.
Just recently, I had the privilege to visit Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and the experience was uplifting. In the midst of recent tragedy, the congregation celebrated life and they were moving forward in faith in God. They were so welcoming and the service itself was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. It was a Sunday service filled with uplifting scripture and music that motivated you to keep moving forward despite the current hardships you may face. As Rev. Dr. Clark preached a constant phrase, “our midnight has a purpose,” I was left with these words replaying over and over until I realized what she was trying to get across. Ultimately, at some point in our lives, we all will be faced with certain trials and tribulations but it is those experiences that shape us into the individuals we are today. Those experiences serve as a lesson and they serve a purpose.
It is without a doubt that this was a wonderful, moving experience and one that I have been truly blessed to experience. Remember, any experience whether it’s a good or bad serves a purpose.
Written by Ageda Machuca / Photo credit: Ageda Machuca