“Earth Suit”

“Earth Suit”

A year ago on this very day I wrote the following post:

August 18

Last night I received a call from my sister telling me that my cousin Fergus had passed away. I didn’t know initially how to respond. Because when she told me he was found in his bed expired my mind flashback to the many times he and I laughed together and talked into the wee hours. His mother often kept us when my mother would go to work. Every major holiday he and his siblings would come to the house. We would be creative and make up plays and record them and back in the day we would be the Temptations and the Supremes with a sheet hanging down over the door as our curtain. 🎤 🎶 🕺 💃🏾
Fergus, affectionately known as Junie took me to my senior prom, after my heart 💔 had been wounded by the individual who said he would take me backed out. Yeah he was that kind of cousin. ☺️ But…today his “earth suit” has been shed and he is with the Creator singing a new song and doing a new dance!
While in our earth suits 🌍, we may weep because of a loss or broken heart 💔, but we serve a God who when we worship Him in song 🎵 will mend our broken and bruised ❤️‍🩹.
Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,
Psalm 61:1-2 – ESV
This morning I heard of the passing of a former student. 💔😢
He is present in my brokenness!


Dr. René Rochester is the CEO and founder of Phat Star® Learning, formed over 10 years ago to serve urban youth, youth workers and impoverished communities. In our formative years we spent much of our time training inner-city urban youth workers. As the designer of the Kids Across America Kaleo Program, Dr. Rene had the opportunity to serve thousands of youth workers from around the country for over 10 years. During recent years, she has been very concerned with the state of education in our country especially among African American youth.
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