I just finished watching Something the Lord Made with Mos Def portraying Vivien Thomas, who was really and truly the pioneering hand in developing a procedure to save children suffering from heart defects back in the 1940s. Vivien Thomas assisted white surgeon Dr. Alfred Blalock, who following the realities of the times receives all the credit in the beginning of their relationship.
One of the most inspiring movies I’ve ever seen. I thought about what my grandparents and parents went through in the 40s, 50s even up to and including the 1960s. This is a film every young Black person born after 1980 should watch and take to heart. Something the Lord Made with the Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and Vivien Thomas (Mos Def) touched me in a way of ancestral memories, from the stories I heard from grandparents, parents, and my aunts down into today with my story. It became real to me as it should be real to this new upcoming generation so they too can determine when and where they come in.
I’ve personally experienced ongoing sickness off & on for several years but after watching this movie, seeing Vivien Thomas become Dr. Thomas after years of struggle buoyed by faith, God gave me a word, He said to me, “Because you have received My mercy & My Peace you DeBorah Ann shall yet receive your justice & your reward in this life, as well as the life to come.”
So Today I have hope, not that there will never be more times of disappointment, discouragement or struggle, but I have faith, hope and the Charity of God to overcome in Gods time.
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