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JUMP UP AT THE SUN!

The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Josua 1:9
Zora Neale Hurston

Born
January 7, 1891(1891-01-07)Notasulga, Alabama, United States

Died
January 28, 1960 (aged 69)Fort Pierce, Florida, United States
Occupation
Folklorist, anthropologist, novelist, short story writer

“I do not weep at the world — I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”
“I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes.”
“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.”

“Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much.”

“Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.”

“Nothing that God ever made is the same thing to more than one person. That is natural. There is no single face in nature, because every eye that looks upon it, sees it from its own angle. So every man’s spice-box seasons his own food.”

“I want a busy life, a just mind and a timely death.”

citation for this page:Hinton, Kip Austin (ed.) (2005). Zora Neale Hurston Website. San Antonio: Dead Pripyat Records. http://i.am/zora updated march 07 2005.
Zora is so ingenius, she’s my friend. I fell in love with my very first book of hers: Their Eyes Were Watching God! An when it was captured for a made for TV movie, well it was truly a taste of honey! Thanks Oprah for your love of Zora, also! It’s powerful, riveting, moving piece of literature that causes the reader to do some serious soul searching. It grabs your heart and doesn’t let go. In my prized personal library are several of Zora’s books and 2 of Their Eyes Were Watching God with foreword written by Ruby Dee and filled with beautfully etched sketches by Jerry Pinkney throughout the book. This is truly my simple abundance collection. But, I just don’t want to brag on my novels, nor tout that I ‘ve appreciated the Harlem Renaissance. writers that impacted our world.
I believe that God has something that He wishes to convey to us regarding, blessings delayed are not blessings denied! I just felt it was time tio share some Zora and encourage our hearts especially during this economic thunder storm!
Zora didn’t die with a Madame C. J. Walker bankroll, instead she died heartbroken, penniless, without many family members and colleagues singing her praises. It appears as though she was very much alone and abandoned, but for the grace of God the story hadn’t yet been told about Zora! God would have it that Zora Neale Hurston’s death would not have it’s final say! Contrary to what may have appeared for her, as a world of dashed promises, dejected hope, defeated relationships, poor living arrangements, alone and broken during her final transition! It makes you want to holler. But, the Holy Ghost reminds me that that was simply a dry season. I am so glad about that reality. It gives us hope, that even in death, as believers in the Gospel of Christ we triumph! She may have felt that obscurity, lonliness and poverty would triumph over her, but not so.
Zora had no idea the rich legacy she’d leave us.
The world is a better place because she was here! Why she’s the hallmark of the Harlem Renaissance, she’s the quintessential voice of our time, she’s the literary giant with muscle, humor and an appreciation of the southern dialect to, boot. She’s the anthropologist, the folklorist, “the gifted Zora” who’s work continues to Jump Up at the Sun! Visit National Public Radio’s stimulating conversations, reference and Google her name-enjoy what awaits you!
We delight in her voice which is as strong and resillient as when she wrote many of her masterpieces! You are in for a treat, the more you read of her, the more you’ll want to learn about this fascinating human being!
Yes, it will give you great cause to celebrate life, our divine inheritance and blessed independence, as you contemplate and appreciate the nature of God, our inner strength, resolve and beauty even in our rollercoaster seasons of wilderness.
Thank you for living Zora and not being afraid to embrace the posssibilities of life!

From My Heart To Yours,

Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lesson’s and God’s Promises
(Tate Publishing, Nov. 2007)
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

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