Advent is one of my favourite liturgical seasons. It’s a four week period of preparation before Christmas. The focus is to prepare for the infant king and to remind ourselves of his second coming.
During this period, a number of daily readings focus on the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah. Last year, I did a study and I was amazed at how many and how accurate they were! But from the Israelites point of view, it seemed to take forever and it didn’t even seem happen as they thought it would. It took people like the shepherds, Anna and Simeon to recognize the Messiah even in his swaddling clothes and his poverty. And of course the Magi.
So question for you and I…what has God said about you that seems to delay beyond the word delay? Are you starting to think God is actually a liar? I invite you to hold on to your hope and your faith. He is not a man that He should lie. And His timing is always the best! Praise and trust Him! He will surely do it; you will be amazed!
So, exactly two weeks ago I slipped and fell at work. I’m not joking. I cut my forehead and broke my teeth. It seems like something out of a movie right…even I think so.
There were so many things that came to mind. But guess what, whatever may have been the reason, it became an opportunity for God’s love to shine through in my life. I’ve been overwhelmed by the love and support everyone has shown…especially my family and close friends. It was a great opportunity to take some well needed rest even though I was upset about being indisposed when I had many things to do. And of course, it was a reminder about how many things I take for granted. I never really think about my teeth…so it took being without them for a while to appreciate how important they are…for my face, my smile, for eating and even for talking. It was interesting sounding funny when my teeth were “incomplete”. I experienced the suffering of those who cannot smile easily because they have less than perfect teeth and perhaps, for the first time, I actually took notice of teeth. Ento woa da! In addition, I saw face to face the struggles people go through to access healthcare. There’s a lot more to say and share but I’ll end like this: I’m sure I’ll forget and take things for granted again. But guess what,for now…while I remember, I’m thankful…for everyone and everything. And the next time something supposedly bad happens, I’ll try to remember that all things work together for my good and pray for the grace to see the good.
Angela Azumah Alu
Last Friday (24/11/17) after receiving my composites.
500 years ago some crazy business went down in the world of Christianity. And this Halloween, the 500th anniversary of that business, which we refer to as the Protestant Reformation, will be celebrated by some and mourned by others.
As someone who, just a year and a half ago, crossed the Tiber to become Catholic from a pretty solid Protestant background, all this hubbub about the 500th anniversary of the Reformation brings a lot of thoughts and feelings to the forefront for me as well.
I want to preface this article by saying that I have many amazing Christian friends who are Protestant. I love you all, and there is so much I look up to and respect about your faith. But the Reformation anniversary is hard for me, and my writing here details the reasons why my stomach sinks when I see posts celebrating what happened 500…
I have been lecturing for some weeks now. I was quite excited when I got the post but then I felt anxious and nervous some few days to the start of my lectures. Trust me, I didn’t sleep well the night before I started. I kept asking myself who koraa sent me? I got up very early, I arrived in the classroom about 30 minutes earlier. I went through my notes over and over again.
The first lecture went absolutely well. My friend Dormenyo suggested that I start with an Ice breaker which worked very well. I presume it was the highlight of the day. (Students just want to have fun haha!) Thank you very much DD!
At the end, I thought to myself, so this is it and I was so stressed. I had to go back after the lecture to rest because I was exhaused from the lack of proper sleep the previous night. Paul…
This morning I went for the filing past for a classmate’s husband’s funeral….and there were so many thoughts running through my mind. I cried…though I’ve never spoken to the dead man before…but because the situation was really sad. He’s a 31 year old man….with a two year old son and another child on the way. His widow must be very devastated but she seemed really strong.
As I read his biography, I was struck by how much he had accomplished over his short life. And the thought came to mind about remembering your creator in the days of your youth. Many other thoughts came to mind…about living well and living with eternity in mind. About making a difference in the lives of others and about being an ambassador for God wherever you found yourself. In his time on earth, those were the things Wisdom Kpoh stood for and he lived that very well.
So the question I ask you and I is this: are you living with eternity in mind? Are you waiting for such and such a time before you do such and such that God has placed on your heart? What about now? Coz guess what…you are not promised tomorrow…all you have is today. What are you doing with it? Is God your all in all? You didn’t come to earth with anything and you won’t leave with anything. Remember your creator in the days of your youth.
Rest in Peace Wisdom Kpoh. I pray for God’s peace and comfort for the family….especially Enyonam. It is well!
So I had an encounter with a young lady named Diane today.
Let me give a little background: members of international Youth Fellowship (IYF) are residing in Volta hall for their camp/conference. On Sunday morning, I met some of them who were registering participants. I asked to fully zip my dress up…when I was going for mass. They did so and Diane commented on my dress.
Then, on Wednesday morning, I met her again on my way to work. She remembered me and we chit chatted a bit. She told me all about IYF and invited me for their Christmas cantata which was scheduled to come off in the evening. She tried to convince me to attend and went as far as to take my phone number.. And this evening, she actually called back with the same request.
Now, I was just impressed by her tenacity and evangelistic spirit. Here is a Togolese young woman in Ghana going out of her way to invite me for a christian programme. Whether I attend or not, like in the parable of the sower, she has sowed her seeds and some are bound to bear fruit.
What about you and I? What are we doing with the word God has asked us to proclaim? Are we going out of our way to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and inviting people to surrender their lives to Him?
So I’m in a tro tro going back to campus after work…thinking about myself….then I get a call on an MTN line. It’s a twi speaking guy claiming that he works with MTN and that apparently I won a promotion….ha…I don’t usually enter promotions but hey, stranger things have happened.
Well, I couldn’t really hear him so I asked him to call back since I was in a vehicle. That was when he got his opening, I am sure. He said they would send me a message. By then, I am certain it is a scam. And I was right!
The message that popped up was a request for me to approve a payment of GHS 550.00. Now, why anyone would think I would approve that mystifies me. I may be wrong but why would I part with GHS 550.00 for a supposed unknown price from a competition I don’t remember entering? Maybe I watched too many episodes of Hustle but seriously…why?
It was at this point that I start laughing at the scammers…for tracking my transactions without realising that the money is not mine. In fact, the money in the account is meant for a get together. And there was no way I was going to mess with that.
Well, thank God for small mercies. At least I got a blog entry! Yay!
And a free lesson…always crosscheck. And an analogy. Just as my mobile money is such a good conduit that it attracted scammers, you and I are called to be disciples of Christ proclaiming him so well that we bring people to Him.
How are we doing in that great commission?
May God help us all.