A Spiritual Journey of the Eighteenth Century.
July 25th, 2009
Santa Cruz, California
Received by FAB
I am here, James Albert Okawsaw Gronniosaw.
My young friend, I send you my fondest greetings.
I was not surprised at all by the bounty of this spirit world, for in my earth life, I learned the way of faith in a Loving God, and I could look back on countless times when the Good Lord brought me and my family help. When I was a mortal, I was considered poor. But I knew then that I was rich in spirit, and mortals need to know, particularly now, that this is the only wealth that really matters.
Those who care only for money will find that their money brought them nothing but suffering and darkness. This I have seen time after time over here, and it would be good for everyone in these trying times to be aware of the falsity of material riches, which always have the possibility of leading people astray.
When I said, the falsity of material riches, I meant those times when people with wealth fell into the temptation of starving and choking their soul. I cannot say that material wealth is good or bad. That is not for me to judge. As my narrative shows, several wealthy people rescued me from poverty and distress.
But this I do know: God is a faithful God, and when a mortal decides to put one’s trust in this Loving God, the Creator will respond - indeed, is always eager to do so. This was my earth experience, and my gratitude for having learned this on earth is beyond words, and cannot be expressed adequately in that way. But God knew the depth of my gratitude.
This Living God took me from my native Africa and showed me the way, by taking me to a strange land, and rescuing me from every danger and distress. I think my story can help so many mortals.
James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosow (c.1712-1775) was an African taken as a boy into American slavery. He was the grandson of a king, and therefore a prince. He published an account of his experiences called “A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Gronniosaw, an African Prince, as Related by Himself”. It was published in 1772.