Do not have any other Gods before Me; you must also love and fear Me; you must sanctify My name; you must worship only Me and emulate My ways; you must love your neighbor as yourself and not hate your brother in your heart; you must not embarrass others or oppress the weak; you must not slander or take revenge or bear a grudge; you must not worship idols; you must serve Me with prayer; you must remember the Sabbath and keep it holy; you must not take My name in vain; you must not swear falsely by My name; you must not murder or steal; you must honor your mother and father; you must not commit adultery; you must not bear false witness; is it true you were made in My image?; do you truly have faith in Me?; fast this week to prove your faith; kneel in prayer to prove the same; try not to sin like a heathen; read your Bible; go to church on Sunday; go to Bible study on Saturday; no, put those pills down; you’re not sick; you must have faith; for behold, the voice you are hearing is the Lord, Himself; that’s it, put those pills down; now close the bottle; place it back in the medicine cabinet and look in the mirror; is it true you were made in My image?; Then you must be godly or Godlike and follow My ways; you must do everything I command of you in order to not become the sinner I know you are so bent on becoming; remove your shoes for you stand only holy ground; run the bath water, for you must purify yourself; wash yourself in My holy water; now clothe yourself in this purple robe for you must be royal; is it true that you are loyal?; then you must do all that I command of you; you must follow My ways; this is how I will test you to learn what’s in your heart: walk out of the bathroom and enter your bedroom; open your window and call out to Me; yell out, I know You are the Lord and I love and fear You; but most of all, I have faith in You; now jump, fall into my arms, and I will catch you; but what if you’re not real?; Do you mean to say that you’re the type of sinner who has no faith in the Lord?
Samara Doumnande is an African American fine artist and author who has written and illustrated two children’s books and one general audience book. To learn more about her current writing projects as well as her advocacy for the mentally ill, please visit her author website at: SamaraDoumnande.com. Samara lives in West Henrietta, NY with her husband and three daughters