Thursday, December 23, 2010


Tired and ready to give up on every celebration, the mother of two wondered about who started the whole thing of looking for presents etc. She figured that if only she could find the person, she would settle the matter by shooting him down. Her young daughter at the back of the car said, “Don’t worry mom, we already crucified him, according to my Sunday School Teacher.” The innocence of a child is always amazing and yet extremely powerful in putting the message across. You can celebrate Christmas knowing that nothing is held against anyone who acknowledges that his death on the cross was an extension of love to all.

Friday, November 12, 2010


The 11th November is celebrated as Remembrance Day to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in liberation wars. I was most touched and troubled to watch the second world war documentary on tv on the 11th of November. Their was a catalogue of brutality that Hitler waged against allied forces. What really shocked me most was the way the Jews were killed en mass. I know that there have been movies like Schindller's list which have shown similar misdeeds but in Hollywood fashion. The more than 2 hours documentary on the second world war carried interviews of Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt and many others. The fate of the Jews (and many others I should add)is what really bothered me most. It is unthinkable that captured Jews were made to dig their own graves before being shot, some with their children in their arms. As if this was not inhuman enough, Hitler thought the process was taking too long and resorted to mass graves and gassing people.The refrain as always is to remember these crimes but not to forget. We can do much more by ensuring that we stop the root causes that bring about extremism. It starts from within our hearts.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Billy Graham's Prayer as aired by well known broadcaster Paul Harvey

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!'

Sunday, October 24, 2010


I can’t remember the author. I read the book almost 15 years ago. Why do I remember the book? Well, the theme of the book is very similar to what is found in the Holy Book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes deals with the meaning of life and it was written by the wisest person according to God’s holy word; Solomon. We are told that Solomon had everything any human being could ever have: hanging gardens, beautiful women, entertainers, parlours and he built the most elegant buildings that would make today’s home flippers a joke. Yet he found all these things meaningless or chasing after the wind. This is the same matter explored in the “Diary of a no body.” The character lived a very routine life of work, life at home, tea parties and wanting to be what he was not. He did not find any satisfaction in any of these. He concluded, life was meaningless as well. For Solomon though, he made a footnote in his search for meaning in life. He discovered that the chasing after the wind made sense if one had God as a reference point. Then, everything falls into place. What a revelation!

Monday, October 18, 2010


“Butterflies who live in the sun must die young.” Pat Shipman (Mata Hari)

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Obedient Wife

There was a man, who had worked all his life, had saved all of his
money, and was a real miser when it came to his money.

Just before he died, he said to his wife...'When I die, I want you
to take all my money and put it in the casket with me.

I want to take my money to the afterlife with me.'

And so he got his wife to promise him, with all of her heart, that
when he died, she would put all of the money into the casket with

Well, he died.

He was stretched out in the casket, his wife was sitting there -
dressed in black, and her friend was sitting next to her. When they
finished the ceremony, and just before the undertakers got ready to
close the casket, the wife said,

'Wait just a moment!'

She had a small metal box with her; she came over with the box and
put it in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket down
and they rolled it away.

So her friend said,
'Girl, I know you were not foolish
enough to put all that money in there with your husband.'

The loyal wife replied,
'Listen, I'm a Christian;

I cannot go back on my word. I promised him that I was going to put
that money into the casket with him.'

You mean to tell me you put that money in the casket with

'I sure did,' said the wife..
'I got it all together, put it into my account, and wrote him a
If he can cash it, then he can spend it.'

++This story was passed on by a friend

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


"If you go looking for honey, expect to be bitten by bees." Kenneth Kaunda

Monday, August 23, 2010


There is a legend of a woman who had a faithful dog. This dog was so
faithful that the woman could leave her baby with it and go out to
attend other matters. She always returned to find the child soundly
asleep with the dog faithfully watching over him...

One day something tragic happened. The woman as usual, left the baby in
the "hands" of this faithful dog and went out shopping. When she
returned, she discovered rather a nasty scene. There was a total mess.
The baby's cot was dismantled and his nappies and clothes torn to shreds
with bloodstains all over the bedroom where she had left the child and
the dog.

Shocked, the woman wailed as she began looking for the baby. Presently,
she saw the faithful dog emerging from the under the bed. It was covered
with blood and licking its mouth as it had just finished a delicious

The woman went berserk and assumed that the dog had devoured her baby.
Without much thought she clubbed the dog to death. But as she continued
searching for the "remains" of her child, she beheld another scene.
Close to the bed was the baby who, although lying on bare floor, was
safe. And under the bed the carcass of a jackal torn to pieces in what
must have been a fierce battle between it and the dog which was now

Then the reality hit the woman who now began to understand what took
place in her absence. The dog fought to protect the baby from the
ravenous jackal. It was too late for her now to make amends because in
her impatience and anger, she had killed the faithful dog. A dog
deserving praise and adoration that fought to save the life of her dear
beloved child received death in return.

How often have we misjudged people and torn them to shreds with harsh
words and even with physical assault before we have had time to evaluate
the situation? It is called the sin of presumption. Presuming things are
one way without taking the trouble to find out exactly what the
situation really is. A little patience can drastically reduce major life
long errors.

Friday, August 13, 2010


My summer project has been to pray for as many countries of the world as possible. I have a fascination with God’s people throughout the world and if I had the means, I would love to travel and see God’s image in the many nationalities of the world. Lately though, I have been shocked to see the tragedies that seem to follow one after another in many parts of the world. It is hard to see the desperation of people on TV and not being able to do anything. Of the many gifts that we have, prayer is possibly the only gift anyone can use from anywhere. It is priceless. I didn’t know where to start. I chose to use letters of the alphabet and pick countries in ascending order. I realized as soon as I started that this is not a small project. I discovered (through the internet) there are countries that I have not heard of! I never knew for example that Tuvalu is a country! I now know that this will be more than a summer project but I am glad that I am learning about God’s people and their struggles through this exercise. The CIA website provides me with the basic facts to start with. I have also discovered that X seems to be the only letters of the alphabet that has no country of the world named after it!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


"For the turtle to make progress, it must stick out its nake." Unknown author

Monday, April 05, 2010


Canada is blessed with beautiful landscapes. I soaked in some hidden gems on my recent visit to Vancouver and surrounding areas as follows: snow capped mountains overlooking north east Langley


Some Christian groups do not celebrate Easter! Many other people celebrate easter just like any other holiday. You have possibly heard of easter bunnies and eggs.These are man made interpretations and traditions. Easter is a powerful Christian holiday that reminds us of he saving love of God(The 40 days before easter are called LENT). It is a time when Jesus took the sins of the world that the world can be reconciled with God. Unfortunately, some people refuse to accept a free gift that cost God so dearly. If you are celebrating easter just like any other holiday, please pause and remember that it is a solemn holiday of God's love to the world. The sadness though ended with the resurrection of Jesus and for this, easter is both solemn and joyous. Celebraqte with God's people wherever you may be.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Playing golf with a 3 iron

I am somewhat getting attached to the game of golf (yet to hit 350 yards!). At a recent leadership workshop I attended, the speaker asked us if we have ever seen a professional golfer completing an 18-hole golf course with a 3 iron only. For a vriety of reasons (distance being one of the main ones), golfers use different clubs to hit the little white ball. This makes the game fluid and interesting.In life however and especially as we grow older, there is always a tendency to use the same old tricks. We fear to use the new tricks because of the discomfort of learning anything new. We however become inneficient and miss opportunities of increasing our tools for solving problems and enjoying life. For a long time, I became attached to one bible version and did not want to read anything else. I now have at least 3 version (KJV, NIV and RSV). It is so exciting and enriching to read the same verse from different perspectives. Certainly, a single iron in a game of of golf is not enough. Variety is the way forward even in spritual matters.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


I have reflected on what it means being made in the image of God. In fact I have read a book about it. I still don't understand it very well. The closest I have come to understanding is what I learnt this week from Psalm 139:14 where it says that God must be praised because "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." The encouragement from this is that God planned everything before I was born and so are the brothers and sisters going through the tragic loss of life in Haiti.With this realization, no one has the authority to put down what God purposely brought about.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


It was a sad day to see pictures of the earthquake devastation in Hahiti. I certainly felt for the people of Hahiti. Canada's Governor General (rep for the Queen) hails from Haiti and it was most humbling to see her break down and she gave a press conference on the tragedy. As much as most of us are helpless to provide a helping hand, anything that we can provide to those doing the work on the ground will be an act of kindness. Let us also uplift the men and women who are trying their best to save a few lives, for the most part with their bare hands in prayer for their safety and security.


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