The Book

On Her Knees

The desire to improve ourselves and our conditions is natural. Everyone has this desire. It is inherent. Many times, we are helped by others in various ways; some other times, we are hindered or appear to be hindered by them. But the quest goes on, oftentimes, unconsciously. At times, it is on an individual level; other times, it is on a mass scale. Individually or collectively, hopefully, it is for the good of all.

As a result, an interaction between European missionaries and Africans takes on the stance of religion. Not because there was no religion before the missionaries arrived. There was. They brought a new and different kind. The “presence or voice” is the universal principle of life known by various names, practically by all of human race throughout the ages. The “wayfarer” is the individual searching for a relationship with this “voice or presence.” Hence, all are “wayfarers,” and all are at different stages of this search: both the missionary and the person or persons “missioned” to. As such, in this search, among people, there is no “greater or lesser,” just searchers at different levels of their epiphanies, individually or collectively. Hopefully, people who are united in love, in the all-important march: forward in the mindful search; upward in higher consciousness and God-ward in self-realization.

In the ensuing story, therefore, the widow cries out for ways to satisfy the need and to express the good inherent in everyone. Everyday human experiences show that this is always a tussle. Many times, more than a mere tussle; maybe, even very crushing. But the unfailing light individualizes and, inevitably, shines through. In the pages of “On her knees, Unto the Higher God” we find that the need is unreservedly fulfilled to the level of expectancy and acceptance.