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Please, Shall we Pray.

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

Dear Lord,

You go beyond our feelings, our thoughts, and our prayers. We love you, Lord, for who you are and not because of what you will do for us.

Your name is higher. You are powerful. You are the ultimate incomparable. You are God alone. Before we exist, you are. You are unshakable, unchangeable, irreplaceable. You are who you are, and no one else can take your place.

Be exalted, dear Jesus. We adore you and worship at your feet.

We love you, Jesus Christ

Nous t’aimons beaucoup Jésus-Christ.

Wir lieben dich sehr, Jesus Christus

te amamos mucho Jesucristo

a nifẹ rẹ, Jesu ọwọn

tá grá againn duit, a Íosa

In you alone, we find our worth, value, dignity, and above all our Peace. In good and bad moments you have proved you apart is our Giver of life. Therefore, Lord Jesus Christ, please teach us how to love you more. It is when we genuinely love you that we can master the true essence of Peace. We need you because we need your Peace that outweighs all human imitation.

We cannot celebrate a day of multilateralist and Diplomacy for Peace without recognising this pandemic has taught us how man is capable of destroying his fellow humans.

Father, there can never be any peace if you don’t bless us with yours. The social injunction for symmetry is worthless and temporal. Please, Lord, give us peace in our homes, our communities, our regions, and our nations. Come and bless us and mesmerise us with your Peace so we can testify to the world of your goodness upon our lives.

In Jesus mighty name, we have prayed, amen.

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Please, Shall we Pray.

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

Dear Lord,

You go beyond our feelings, our thoughts, and our prayers. We love you, Lord, for who you are and not because of what you will do for us.

Your name is higher. You are powerful. You are the ultimate incomparable. You are God alone. Before we exist, you are. You are unshakable, unchangeable, irreplaceable. You are who you are, and no one else can take your place.

Be exalted, dear Jesus. We adore you and worship at your feet.

We love you, Jesus Christ

Nous t’aimons beaucoup Jésus-Christ.

Wir lieben dich sehr, Jesus Christus

te amamos mucho Jesucristo

a nifẹ rẹ, Jesu ọwọn

tá grá againn duit, a Íosa

In you alone, we find our worth, value, dignity, and above all our Peace. In good and bad moments you have proved you apart is our Giver of life. Therefore, Lord Jesus Christ, please teach us how to love you more. It is when we genuinely love you that we can master the true essence of Peace. We need you because we need your Peace that outweighs all human imitation.

We cannot celebrate a day of multilateralist and Diplomacy for Peace without recognising this pandemic has taught us how man is capable of destroying his fellow humans.

Father, there can never be any peace if you don’t bless us with yours. The social injunction for symmetry is worthless and temporal. Please, Lord, give us peace in our homes, our communities, our regions, and our nations. Come and bless us and mesmerise us with your Peace so we can testify to the world of your goodness upon our lives.

In Jesus mighty name, we have prayed, amen.

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Please, Shall we Pray.

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

Dear Lord,

You go beyond our feelings, our thoughts, and our prayers. We love you, Lord, for who you are and not because of what you will do for us.

Your name is higher. You are powerful. You are the ultimate incomparable. You are God alone. Before we exist, you are. You are unshakable, unchangeable, irreplaceable. You are who you are, and no one else can take your place.

Be exalted, dear Jesus. We adore you and worship at your feet.

We love you, Jesus Christ

Nous t’aimons beaucoup Jésus-Christ.

Wir lieben dich sehr, Jesus Christus

te amamos mucho Jesucristo

a nifẹ rẹ, Jesu ọwọn

tá grá againn duit, a Íosa

In you alone, we find our worth, value, dignity, and above all our Peace. In good and bad moments you have proved you apart is our Giver of life. Therefore, Lord Jesus Christ, please teach us how to love you more. It is when we genuinely love you that we can master the true essence of Peace. We need you because we need your Peace that outweighs all human imitation.

We cannot celebrate a day of multilateralist and Diplomacy for Peace without recognising this pandemic has taught us how man is capable of destroying his fellow humans.

Father, there can never be any peace if you don’t bless us with yours. The social injunction for symmetry is worthless and temporal. Please, Lord, give us peace in our homes, our communities, our regions, and our nations. Come and bless us and mesmerise us with your Peace so we can testify to the world of your goodness upon our lives.

In Jesus mighty name, we have prayed, amen.

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Jehovah Sees

When in 1993 Lionel Peterson and his gospel band sang the song Peace, little did he know we would need the assurance from its textual form. A quick click on the weblink or turning on the TV or radio brings nothing but frightening stories of countries after countries locking down.

“Jehovah is ALWAYS here! Stop panicking and go to Him.”

Apart from the physical manifestations of the Covid-10, the Coronavirus is causing psychological traumas in many people’s lives, in particular, the most vulnerable. They are those who venture into panic buying. Likewise, they have to panic over everything and by the end of this pandemic, they are most probably going to bear the long term brunt of it all.

The ultimate question is, is there any need for that? Is there any way for these people to manage their stresses and protect themselves from these catastrophic events? Oh yes, there is ONLY ONE WAY. God! He is our help in these present times of trouble, and His word will not be washed aside. His support equally means He is our Peace. It is written; Jehovah is our Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and He is our VERY HELP in chaotic situations like this Covid-19.

What is ravaging our world, and tearing it apart can simply be curtailed by God. A look to the left or the right proves that the Lord is the Peace we need. It is not the mask or the sanitisers that you and I need. God is who we need.

Shalom

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God’s Appointed Time

“Your journey is unique”

The story of Ruth began with unhappy tales that end well. A marriage to Mahlon was necessary for Ruth for her to get to her destiny. There was no child between them, and worst of all, Mahlon died within the space of ten years after his father’s death. If Ruth had not married Mahlon, she would not have met Noami who would later be her spiritual matchmaker to meeting Boaz. That was Ruth’s happy ending.

Jehovah, alone, decides the direction of our lives. Take, for example; Joseph suffered for thirteen years before his dreams came true. David waited for so long to take the throne, and he was always on the run, hiding from his opponent. For divine reasons, something or someone stood in their ways of breakthroughs for decades until God’s appointed time. These blockages were crucial to prepare them for their future successes. The tighter they became amidst their trials, the stronger they were when they finally took hold of their destinies.

I don’t know what you are going through right now. Likewise, you’re right to say I have no idea of the overwhelming ordeals you have, which now seem interminable with the current pandemic. Irrespective of what you have or what are your circumstances, do not hesitate to remember you are not forgotten. In a time like this, you will get to a point where you will think God is no longer there for you. At this point, pause to think about Ruth, Joseph, David and many people who had passed through periods of severe uncertainty, and came out stronger. Hence, you must not give up. Hang in there!

Shalom

Christians Who Know Too Much

The government of all respective nations seems to have enough information about the ongoing health crisis than we do. This is why they imposed lockdowns and the continuing imposition on everyone to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

But it bothers me when I see people failing to obey these instructions. At the stores, on the streets, and everywhere; many do not care at all. Some live with the mentality that this is just like any winter flu. However, winter is long gone, but the virus is still active — simply because it’s humanmade.

We all want to live without all these compelled rules, but, this time does not permit negligence. Any acts of deviance have their repercussions. Rather than putting oneself in grave danger by getting infected and afterwards calling Jesus Christ to help, why not merely heed to requirements of safety measures? God will not listen to any Christians who violate their authorities.

It is for such a time like this that Jesus instructs us to give to Caesar what belongs to him, and Jehovah what belongs to Him.

Shalom.

How Not to be a Parent

In Human Nature and the Social Order (1902:80), Charles Horton Cooley asserts, “It is not at all uncommon to wrong one person out of affection for another.”

Being a parent is one thing, and being a good parent is another. Rebekah was both. Her actions cause total disasters in the lives of her children. Loving one child more than the other, is absolutely a gateway to catastrophic loss.

Jacob (Israel) was another example. But it seemed that losing Joseph, his son, was an act of indirect divine revenge for what he (Jacob) himself did to Esau, his brother. What goes around comes around. Although Joseph’s story ended well, Jacob has to endure years of torment before he reconciled with his son in Egypt.

As parents, be careful about exhibiting your parental affection for one child in front of your other children unless you want to create lasting troubles.

Shalom.

Who is my neighbour?

We had the sun today. At least, for the past few days, the weather has been generous to the extent that the talk of switching off the heaters seems to be on everybody’s lips.

With the sunshine comes out the decisive question about how to continue using the masks. Anyone wearing an N95 or the KN95 and walking on the streets in the middle of a sunny day will tell of how unbearable the cover and uncomfortable they feel with it on them.

I went to a drugstore to get the face shield and ended up getting in a short conversation with the saleswoman. We reflected on how we ended up in this situation. This time last year, it is likely the majority of people are not expecting what is happening now. The last five months have shown how man is capable of destroying his fellow human beings. Today, countries are pointing fingers to blame one another.

However, the question is, who is responsible for all those innocent lives wasted away via deliberate abuse perpetrated by those in the place of authority? Can you still trust any leaders enough to place your faith in them? Or would you rather shift your focus away from the chaos of world and place your faith onto Jehovah?

Shalom

Why Christ is All You Need

Many times I heard some people say, “if people were like God, this world would have been a mess.” They are not far from the truth. Already, the world is unhealthy, and for humans to take the place of the Almighty would be a further disaster. The current pandemic has shown the heart of man is destructive.

Before that, there are and still the trolls of the internet who fill they have the rights to destroy the reputation of others.

Among these are political leaders whose attitudes are called into questions; church leaders whose behaviour is far from the beautiful image of Christ; family members or friends with full hidden bad intentions.

All of these and many more have revealed Jesus Christ is the only way out. Psalms 27:1 sums it up correctly. Christ is the escape route amid any problems. He does not deceive, and he has no hidden agendas with the intent to hurt. Above all, He is the best friend ever!

When you let Him have His way in your life, things will fall into places for you.

Christ, Our First & Last Hope

Hope becomes essential in a time like this. It is this hope we hold on to when we clapped for health workers. It is the same hope that brings smiles to our faces after having spent our nights in peace. The same faith keeps us going, especially now that the level of uncertainty is skyrocketing beyond the unexpected.

This hope is Jesus Christ, the Giver of Life. We are confident that we are safe in His arms if we trust Him to see us through. When our faith in Jehovah remains unwavering, we are expressing the hope of Christ.

Hope for today, hope for tomorrow; all means Hope in Christ Jesus.

Four Ways to Total Deliverance

1. O God, who declares me innocent. (Psalms 35). His name is Yahweh. He decides who is faithful or not to Him because He alone knows the heart of men and women.

2. Free me from my troubles. (Psalms 27 & 116). Jehovah, the deliverer. Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Jehovah Elohim. The King of kings, and the Lord of lords. The Lion of Judah. He restores, and no one can destroy, and what He annihilates, no one can restores.

3. Have mercy on me. (Psalms 51). Jehovah is the God of many chances and NOT a God of the second chance. Seventy times seven equals four hundred and ninety times of forgiveness — Matthew 18:21-22— a lifetime of opportunities to let go. It means Jehovah is more than these calculated numbers of times.

4. Hear my prayer. (Psalms 40 & 69). He is not asleep that He is unaware of what is going on. He heard baby Ishmael’s cry for survival. He listened to the Israelites despite their many rebelliousness. Today, He hears because He is still the Same. He is I Am That I Am –Ehiyeh she Ehiyeh.

Standing where it hurts

Two weeks ago, a friend of mine said he is going to wait for the government to get him the masks he needs for his employees. The moment he told me, I replied and convinced him to find the means to get these protective pieces himself. In France, there is an ongoing debate that has caused friction between the government and the medical administration about whether we all should wear masks after the confinement on May 11th. The latter wants us all to wear it, while the former feel it is unnecessary. I am not saying it is wrong to listen to the government and just go without any needs for the masks. But we must not forget these are humans like us and are likely to retract if any farther surges occurred. What sets them apart is their place of authority, and often, leaders can be wrong.

I used the above illustration for us to understand that there will come a time in our lives when we must learn to say no for our benefits. A few weeks ago, I wrote about avoiding Netflix because entertainment of such can be detrimental to the vulnerable minds. In a similar context, refusing to accept defeat in the face of this pandemic is crucial.

We are saying no means not giving up on oneself and remembering that everything will be fine. It also means not forgetting that Jehovah is always with us. His name is EMMANUEL. Nothing escapes His knowledge, which means He is aware of everything happening. Hence, are we going to listen to the voice of God through our the Holy Spirit, or are we going to listen to the chaotic view of the world where nothing is comforting but hopelessness?

Shalom

The Man Who Destroys His House

Lately, a report came about the deficient level of pollution. I guess climate activists will be happy about this. For the past years, farmers in Europe were at loggerheads with their political representatives over the usage of glyphosate, a dangerous herbicide to control weeds. Then, there are the Fukushima nuclear problems in Japan, in France, and many developed countries. Apart from these, we hear and see reports of western countries sending wastes to the developing nations as if the latter is the dumping grounds for their irresponsibilities. They call it “Global Trade Waste“, but I call it, total irresponsibility.

Man has been auto-destructive for centuries, in particular, in the name of globalisation. While we see the advantages of modernity, we are forced to feel the consequences of it. We know the weather was acting out bizarre as it is being stretched beyond the limit. So, we give it a name: CLIMATE CHANGE.

How many people’s lives are impacted as a result of climate change? Many are suffering from all kinds of diseases. Others did not live longer because their lives are cut short. Many were forced out of their ancestral lands by governments who wants to have those lands at all costs. If only, we can get to see the value of self-destruction we imposed on ourselves, whether consciously or unconsciously. Jehovah owns the earth, whether we like it or not.

The Ecclesiastes (6:12b) sum it up flawlessly when it says, who can tell what happens after we are gone? In other words, we don’t own our lives. If we destroyed the earth, what do we leave behind for our children and their future generations to come?

Let us reflect as we remember this Earth Day.