Good Friday

He came and lived among men and died for our sins.

jesus on the cross
 
On this another Good Friday we commemorate the death of Jesus on the cross. For God so loved the world that He sent us His only son.  Jesus came and lived among men.  He made the deaf to hear and the blind He made to see.  To the crippled man He said “Take up your bed and walk. He healed the sick, He raised the dead and He turned water into wine.  But more than that, much more than that, He died for our sins.
 
In the Garden of Gethsemane Judas betrayed Him.  Just as He prophesied Peter denied Him thrice.   When asked by Pilate whom should he release Jesus or Barabbas, the crowd said ” Release to us Barabbas and when he asked them what he should do with Jesus, they shouted “Crucify Him.”   Let us not forget how much He suffered; let us not forget His pain.
 
We are reminded of his suffering in this song, O Sacred Head Surrounded.   The lyrics were translated from the text of St. Bernard of Clairvaux  by Henry Williams Baker.

O Sacred Head, surrounded
by crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding Head, so wounded,
reviled and put to scorn!
Our sins have marred the glory
of Thy most Holy Face,
yet angel hosts adore Thee
and tremble as they gaze

I see Thy strength and vigor
all fading in the strife,
and death with cruel rigor,
bereaving Thee of life;
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesus, all grace supplying,
O turn Thy face on me.

In this Thy bitter passion,
Good Shepherd, think of me
with Thy most sweet compassion,
unworthy though I be:
beneath Thy cross abiding
for ever would I rest,
in Thy dear love confiding,
and with Thy presence blest.

But death too is my ending;
In that dread hour of need,
My friendless cause befriending,
Lord, to my rescue speed:
Thyself, O Jesus, trace me,
Right passage to the grave,
And from Thy cross embrace me,
With arms outstretched to save.

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Where is the Love and Equality

We see it all around us, everywhere we turn there are signs of violence and abuse. It is in our homes, in the streets, in our schools, it is even in the churches. Often times it is the person who has earned our trust who turns out to be the abuser. Many of these people hide behind their titles and professions to prey on the innocent’

It is ironic, everyone enters this world a baby, seemingly innocent and in need of nurturing. What make some grow up to be such monsters while others are not? Was it something in their genes, lying there dormant waiting for the right moment to burst forth? Or is it something learned from society, from the environment in which these people grew up?

Many will quickly point out that kids that come from the ghetto are more likely to commit crime. They try to convince you that crime is directly linked to poverty. So the kids from the ghetto are constantly watched, nothing they do go unnoticed and they are always in the news. The man in the jacket and tie who preys on the little girls and the little boys goes unnoticed, no one is watching him. No one expects him to commit such a crime!

Society expect a course of action from one group of people and a different set of actions from another. They refuse to accept the fact that there is good and bad in every single group in society. It is all about people making choices. People have a choice of doing what is right and what is wrong, some choose to do good while others choose to do bad things. The person from the ghetto can choose to be a pedophile, the person from up town in jacket and tie can choose to be a pedophile. Who is likely to be caught first? My guess is that it is going to be the one from the ghetto, after all he is the one who is expected to commit crimes. The point I am trying to make is people will commit crimes no matter from what background they may come from. People need to choose to make the right choices.

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Man Marries Dog

 

We are living in a world of over seven billion people and yet it seems that not everyone is able to or chooses to find a companion among their own kind. This incident happened back in 2010 but I only recently saw it and thought I would share it with you. This Australian man married his dog, a five-year old Labrador retriever. Thirty of his friends  attended the ceremony. He reportedly told them that it was not sexual, just pure love. I can understand a man loving his dog but isn’t marrying the animal taking it a little too far?

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Malaysian Flight 370

When the families of the passengers and crews members of flight 370 bid their loved ones goodbye of that fateful day of March eight little did they know they would probably be seeing them for the last time. After three weeks hopes have dwindled into nothingness. There are so many unanswered questions and we are no where closer to the truth as to exactly what happened to the air plane which has seemingly vanished without a trace.

For the families of those on board they might never know exactly what happened but one thing is certain, something happened that will change their lives forever. Knowing what happened would help to bring closure yet at this point perhaps it is time to accept the fact that they may never be coming back and move forward. It is a hard pill to swallow but sometimes live throws you a knock out punch and you have to regroup, pick up the pieces and move on.

We can only try to imagine what the families are going through at this time. For them it is a time of sorrow, pain and loss and not knowing what happened will only make it harder to accept. Yet they will have to find the strength to accept the loss of their loved ones. In life we do not always get the answers we seek and this is one of those moments.

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Sand and Stone

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.”

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one, who had been slapped, got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After the friend recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.”

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The other friend replied: “When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.”

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one, who had been slapped, got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After the friend recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.”

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The other friend replied: “When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.”

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one, who had been slapped, got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After the friend recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.”

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The other friend replied: “When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.”

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one, who had been slapped, got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After the friend recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.”

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The other friend replied: “When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

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The Thigh Gap Obsession

Society in general and the media in particular have a profound impact on the way people live their lives. Some people depend entirely on others to dictate to them what is wrong and what is right. For example society try to impose on people the idea of what a right body type is. Where it involves people who lack confidence about the way they look or dislike the body they are in this may impact more seriously on them than others.

The thigh gap has gained popularity among young women some of whom perhaps lack confidence in their appearance. Some of these women are practically starving themselves so they get so thin that their thighs do not touch when they stand. This is the coveted thigh gap. Many anorexic looking images are floating around on the internet of those who have achieved the thigh gap. One can only hope that these women do not develop serious health issues.

It is unfortunate and sad that so many young women lack self-confidence and are so ready to conform to the views of others. I say to these women create your own reality and stop looking to others for validation. If someone’s idea of sexy is making herself so thin that she acquires a thigh gap, it does not have to be yours. Do not live your life based on the conviction of another person because what makes that person happy will not necessarily make you happy.

Happiness comes from within and you can embark on the journey for happiness by first loving yourself and the body you are in. Be mindful that no one is perfect; we all have flaws. Be aware also that we all have the ability to form our own judgement and make our own decisions. Stop relying on others to make those choices and decisions. God made us all unique so stop trying to be a duplicate of someone else and embrace your uniqueness.

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Explosion in Harlem

Two buildings collapsed in Harlem on Wednesday after an explosion and fire. Authorities say there were reports of a gas leak shortly before the blast.

My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones in the explosion and buildings collapsing in Harlem on Wednesday.  To date seven are confirmed dead and many others are still missing. Many people have lost their homes in this tragic incident. I do hope the survivors will find the strength and the courage they need  to pick up the pieces and start  over.   

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Is Bossy the Right B Word to Ban?

I find it rather interesting that there is now a campaign afoot to ban the word “Bossy” as a way of empowering young girls. Bossy is a word  used to describe a behavior that someone displays. Whether we like it or not there are bossy men and women in society and banning a word will not change this. It is almost like saying if we ban the word “Bully” there will be less bullies.

It is important that we be educated about the word “Bossy” and be able to recognize this kind of behavior so that the word is not used in the wrong context. The word is not the problem; the real issue is the circumstances in which use the word.

Bossy is a word that every girl needs to know. They should be able to recognize bossy behavior the moment they see it  displayed. In life they are going to encounter people who will try to push their opinions and ideals upon them. They need to be able to differentiate between a boss or a supervisor or other people in their lives who are reasonable from the ones who are just plain bossy.

For young girls and women in general it is of utmost importance to be able to recognize “Bossy” in relationships. When you know what bossy is and can spot it easily it will give you more power.   When a partner starts to  make every decision for  you, you will not get confused,  think it’s okay and  accept bossiness for love. When he tries to control every aspect of your daily life and tells you he is doing it out of concern and love for you, you are not blinded to the fact that this is him being bossy. Too often young girls and women get into relationships and are not aware that their partners are not only bossy but controlling. When they become aware it is often too late.

If we are serious about empowering young girls we must teach them the importance of having self-confidence and self-respect. Teach them to aim high, be ambitious and know their self-worth. Teach them that it is not what they are called but what they answer to that matters.

If we want to ban a word let it be the word that is used almost on a every day basis to put women down. It you believe when girls get into a fight on the playground they call each other “bossy” then you must be living on another planet in a different century. When school girls get into fights on the bus do you seriously think they call each other bossy? When females get into altercations in the street do you think they call each other bossy? When a man wants to put his woman down, do you think he calls her bossy?

When a girl, woman or man wants to make a female feel bad bossy is not the word they reach for. They use a word that cuts deep, a word that portrays that person as a low, worthless and despicable human being. The dictionary give various meaning to this word some of which are; the female of the dog, a lewd or immoral woman, something that is extremely difficult, objectionable, or unpleasant. If we really want to ban a word, a word that  put women down a word that does nothing to empower women, I say we save “bossy” and banBitch“.

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Celebrating Black History Month

Remembering Trayvon Martin

Today marks the second anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The seventeen year old  was killed on February 26, 2012 while on his way home. The loss of a child is never easy and when there is no justice for the life that was taken it makes the pain even more profound. However the family can take comfort in knowing that while man denied him justice in God they will get justice. Today we remember Trayvon.

Remembrance Poem

I thought of you with love today
but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday,
and the day before that too.
I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name.
All I have is memories,
and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is my keepsake,
with which I’ll never part.
God has you in his keeping,
I have you in my heart !!!
Forever and Always.

R.I.P. Trayyon!!

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Celebrating Black History Month

           Troy Davis

Is Equality Just a Figment of our Imagination?

Could it be that we have become complacent and have we allowed ourselves to be lured by a false sense of equality? We must wake up and realize that the struggle for equality among the races is far from over. There is still prejudice in society.

There are some questions that still need answering. Was it prejudice or justice that allowed a man to kill a black unarmed teen and walk free?  Was it prejudice or justice at play when a man was found guilty of attempted murder for the youths he did not kill and yet not guilty for the one whose life he took?  Was it prejudice or justice that allowed a judge to give a rich white boy ten years probation after he was found guilty of killing four people while driving under the influence?

Was it prejudice of justice that allowed the state of Georgia to execute Troy Davis although there was reasonable doubt that he committed the crime  they executed him for. Davis was executed on September 21, 2011 for the shooting death of a police officer. His story was one that captured the attention of the world and brought into question the fairness of the justice system.

There were grave doubts about Davis’s guilt. OF the nine people who testified at his trial seven of them  recanted their stories. One man even confessed he had no idea who killed the officer. All of this put together should have been cause for reasonable doubt. In this case we are still not sure if guilty beyond reasonable doubt was ever taken into consideration.

Human rights groups begged for a stay of execution. The former President Jimmy Carter and even Pope Benedict XVI asked for clemency but their pleas fell on deaf ears.  The result is that an innocent man may have lost his life.  Let us not become complacent and forget the ones who are gone. Let us keep Trayvon Martin, Troy Davis and Jordan Davis in our memories.

God deemed that all men are created equally, but man have decided otherwise. If we have a system in place that favors one race over another there will never be equality and there will never be justice.

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