"Good morning, Ms. King."
"Hi, Baby. Jesus loves you!"
"Yes, ma'am. Jesus loves you, too."
Ms. Martha King is one of God's Beloved. She never changes. She greets everyone in the church as she slowly advances down the aisle on her cane. She looks good for seventy (70). In fact, she looks like a young fifty (50) year old woman. She is the type of woman that would eat soup all week so that you could pay your rent. She loves her pastor. He was the one that told her to vote for Obama. What a great thing it would be to have a "Black" President. She was born a Democrat. "Her daddy made her that way and Pastor said 'stay that way'!" When she was a baby, FDR was President. She was a "pretty young thang" when the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education. She was a mother of two by the time the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "speech" at the Lincoln Memorial. She was disappointed with Carter but "Stayed the Course!" By then, I was old enough to ask her why. Ms. King said, " 'Cause, baby, Democrats care about people like me. They care about poor people." By Clinton, she had received the most important title amongst laywomen--"Church Mother". That title seemed ordinary when compared to the one she had dreamed so long about, "First Black President". It was synonymous. A Black President would definitely care about his people. He knew their needs and would meet them all from the power of the Oval Office.
That was two years ago.
The Inauguration was beautiful. She watched all day because she thought somebody might try to kill the "First Black President" [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ken-blackwell/what-can-rahm-be-thinki...]. She prayed for him because she knew the Republicans would stop everything that he tried to do and it was more of them than it was Democrats [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111th_United_States_Congress]. She was proud that Obama passed a bill to give her an extra $250 on her social security [http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_16331325?nclick_check=1]. It was a great time. Obama passed a bill that would guarantee the US unemployment would not go over 8%. This would be good because her grandson was graduating from college and would get one of those "Obama jobs" [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ken-blackwell/no-such-things-as-shove...]. Then, Obamacare was passed! Ms. King got her praise dance on that Sunday morning. He showed he cared. Ms. King knew that Obama was "gonna take care of our needs". Praise God!
That was one year ago.
"Sister Carrie, did Pastor get his tea?"
"Yes, ma'am, Mother King."
"Pastor can't speak a Word if he ain't got his tea."
Pastor hasn't talked about Obama much lately, at least not favorably. This isn't the best of time for Pastor and his ilk. Despite what Obama says, Pastor knows in his heart of hearts that the recession is not over. Giving has fallen [http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20101014/NEWS/10140352/CNN+d...] because of poor money management amongst his congregates. Corporate donors are so afraid of what Obama might do to their taxes that they have stopped giving [http://blog.al.com/wire/2010/10/top_400_charities_see_billions.html]. Pastor says if more money isn't raised then, the church won't make it's mortgage payment [http://www.cutimes.com/News/2009/3/Pages/Church-Foreclosures-Contin...]. .Ms. King knows what the Pastor is going through. She's praying for him. Ms. King's grandson couldn't get one of those shovel ready jobs. Listening to her daughter, she now believes that they did not even exist. Her daughter is beginning to get her information from Fox Cable News instead of watching her local news station. Mother King has asked everyone to pray for her daughter and grandson. They are facing foreclosure on their home. They couldn't get any help from the Home Affordable Program [http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/10/the_treasurys_d...]. Their only option may be sharing Mother King's apartment.
Mother King's face is quite beautiful. Her faced is etched with the worries of yesterday, the cares of today and the fears of tomorrow. Yet, the smile beneath that button nose securing her golden rimmed glasses erases the tribulations of time and seduces one to feel the joy of life and the gracefulness of living. Momma King is facing challenges that try her faith. She learned yesterday that she would not be receiving a cost of living increase on her social security payments [http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/10/15/increase-social-security-secon...]. She can't understand. Her rent went up this month. Gasoline prices have risen. Food prices have risen. She has to purchase more costly prescriptions. Her cost of living has risen! "How can Obama not give me relief?" Momma King doesn't have as many coins in her purse to give to the children that show-up for Sunday School. She does her best to change the quarters to nickels at the bank on Friday. This allows her to give a little something to each child. Pastor just mentioned that the city will implement a 5 cent bag tax. That's on top of the city's new taxes and fees. She's even heard that the federal government is considering new taxes. She was happy with the refund she got last year but, she is not expecting so much this year [http://www.mytaxburden.org/]. In fact, she is expecting to owe. Even with her part time job, she is finding it hard to keep up. Momma King is so disappointed. She can't afford to show it. There are too many people in worse shape than she is.
"The rich and the poor are sitting in the same assembly. We must solve our own problems!"
Pastor is struggling lately to encourage people to vote Democrat. He is against the government telling people to buy health insurance if they don't need it. Something about "inalienable rights given by God". Corporations are thinking about dropping employees from health insurance plans [http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/203160.php]. That would leave many on state health insurance plans and the costs may bankrupt the state government. Momma King was on Medicaid once in her life and never wanted her grandchildren to be on it. Obamacare is affecting health, car and even homeowner's insurance premiums. This is not what she expected when she voted for Obama. This is not a good hope and change. She is so unsure about election day. She has never voted for a Republican. However, she fears what will happen if she doesn't. Momma King rises to give her offering. It takes awhile for her to walk the aisles. She will not be like "those other lazy old people". She will walk. As she walks, I'll place an offering in her Bible. I believe that we can solve our own problems and meet each others needs. I pray that Momma King chooses someone in this election that is looking out for her best interest. Too many depend on her not making a change for the better.
"You gonna do my taxes this year, baby?"
"You gonna charge me?"
"Never, Momma King!"