There is a lot one can say about a man, who honors the memory and image of his Mother. Who not only performs her words and faith, but who is also a living replica of her very Being. Kind. Gentle. Warm. Friendly. Approachable. Sharing. Spiritual. Loving. Devoted.
If you continue to invoke his memory, and very essence on this Earth, you cannot help, but to have noticed a living replica of the matriarch of the Howell family-Essie Mae Metcalf-Howell. A spitting image of his mother-in physicality, Spirit, and lifestyle. His value of education and his dedication to working hard for elevation in American society. Values also instilled in him, by the patriarch of the Howell family-William Howell.
Taking a walk down memory lane, we return to the physical, living time of Essie Mae-Metcalf Howell. The night when she knew that heaven would call her home. Gathering the children around her bedside, she repeated the values she wanted them to follow: stay out of crime, work hard, and do well in life. No one can deny that James Howell lived up to the verbal memories of his mother. That her words planted the seeds of James Howell’s life and fruition. Determined that her legacy would somehow be passed on. That it would not die out simply because she was not present in the physical. Because spiritually, she is here. And, spiritually, Grandpa James Howell is here. James Howell is still here. We just have to get used to him in a different form. In this form, the dots will be connected. Missing puzzle pieces will be found. Familial healing will take place. Restoration will come into fruition. In this very essence, Grandpa’s life on Earth really has not ended. More her/history must be added to his name; and that of his Mother, Essie Mae-Metcalf Howell. In this regard, James Howell lives. Madonna and child have re-united. And in their coupling, they will guide their family to victory. Sometimes the elders are not able to assist their family in the physical realm; in the way they would like to on Earth. Yet, when they join the ancestors. . .when they enter heaven’s gates, they can operate in full force. One that will ensure that the Howell family fulfills all promises; ensuring holistic fruition of all dreams and goals.
Continuing legacy does not stop, simply because an elder has physically transitioned into a greater, spiritual dimension. On the contrary, it is part of the continuation of life. An invisible contract between the heavens and Earth. Further clarified in the Prayer, where it emphasizes in Matthew 6: 9-13, “on Earth as it is in Heaven.” If anything, James Howell’s transition is a continuation of his life, in a way that we had never thought of before. A way that we can only see, and experience, if we are willing to connect on that level-while physically on Earth.
The physical tangibles of James Howell, are still here. And, there is more to know about James Howell. More in his interaction with others, his continued living through his offspring, and so much more. An abundant of work is to be done in capturing, crafting, and highlighting this knowledge. Knowledge that will only come in sustaining his legacy; the legacy of Essie Mae Metcalf-Howell. Speaking on the existence of the garden-the familial garden of Essie Mae Metcalf-Howell and William Howell. Every plant, tree, and flower, grown from that garden.
So, as the name of James Howell continues to live on; as his Spirit continues to guide the Howell family (while in the comfort of his Mother, Father, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, and all members of the Howell familial, heavenly garden); we speak his life in continued existence. For it is continuing in ways that we do not see.
The best part is that now, Grandpa is connected to the heavenly realm. Supported by other family members, who are, as well. In actuality, Grandpa’s transition into a higher spiritual dimension, has led to a re-birth for the Howell Family. On April 6, 2019, James Howell went to the Heavenly, family garden. However, he has not left. That needs to be clear. Simply riding on his legacy, and not continuing it, is lazy. It is irresponsible. Speaking of him, as if he is not here is disrespectful; and dishonors the very existence of his Being. It dishonors his father. It dishonors his mother. It dishonors the very birth of the Howell Family. It is the greatest crime, and is worse than our current understanding of death, itself.
So, in the life of James Howell, we speak his name. In the life of Essie Mae-Metcalf Howell, we say her name. In the life of William Howell, we say his name. In the life of all Howells, who have transitioned, we say their names. We speak forth the continuation of the Howell Family into existence; from now until forevermore. We continue to build their lives; add to their lives; and build upon our her/history.
In honoring the living legacy, and spiritual existence of James Howell, we speak in the present. For traditional Black American (Negro) spiritual understanding, what was meant for evil, the Heavenly Father made for good. What was seen as a loss, the Creator made as a gain. In addition to the physical world (Earth), we also have connection to James Howell in the Heavenly world. Now, we have the best of both worlds. We are listening.
Enjoy working in our familial garden, Grandpa James Howell. Enjoy living there with your mother, father, brothers, sisters, and the rest of our family. Continue to guide us, and send heavenly signs of your Spirit on Earth.
After all, that’s the truth of a man’s essence.