01 Mar Shareka’s Strength
Last week in Charlotte we experienced high winds and lost massive old oak trees. Uprooted from the earth. Today, as a city, we have moved on rebuilt and learned from the storm. This event reminded me of my new friend Shareka who I am introducing you to today.
Shareka’s fearless strength reminds me of an old oak tree, despite the fact she’s only 25 years old. Shareka has experienced unthinkable hardships (and fierce ‘winds’) but she is beyond determined to stay rooted and provide stability for her family. Regardless of the fact that some of her more shallow roots have been exposed, her deep roots are growing in strength and being nurtured via A CHILDS PLACE, Salvation Army of Hope and Urban League. Hear her story and learn about her journey.
The Oak Tree
by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr
It stole the oak tree’s leaves away
Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark
Until the oak was tired and stark
But still the oak tree held its ground
While other trees fell all around
The weary wind gave up and spoke.
How can you still be standing Oak?
The oak tree said, I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two
Carry every leaf away
Shake my limbs, and make me sway
But I have roots stretched in the earth
Growing stronger since my birth
You’ll never touch them, for you see
They are the deepest part of me
Until today, I wasn’t sure
Of just how much I could endure
But now I’ve found, with thanks to you
I’m stronger than I ever knew