My first book read in 2018. Although I am neither a twin nor have a sister I share a close bond with, I enjoyed Curtis’s book. I however, think that the story could have been told in fewer pages. At a point, the book seemed like a movie with too many characters and too many sub-plots. Despite their challenges, I liked the way the sisters looked out for each other. Style wise, i enjoy a book better when its picturesque. Although very voluminous, I could not clearly find my way around St Louis in my head and most of the time, it was dark and dull- i thought the imagery could have been better. Nevertheless, I read every single page and in record time too. I decided last year not to write out the entire summary in my reviews but this was a 521 page book and I have no…
On the 1st of January 2018 around 21h54, I sat down to write down my goals for 2018.
I do not have a lot of goals for 2018. I always say I am not such an ambitious person. One of the most important points I wrote down is to be pleasing and acceptable in the sight of God.
(Sorry Sandy B, I am about to snitch on you)
Okay so Sandra is a good friend of mine. She did her year abroad here in Nantes last academic year. She posted a photo of me on her WhatsApp story with the caption “Elle a un coeur comme celui de Jésus” literally translated as: She has a heart like that of Jesus. Of which I replied: I am humbled but I don’t think I am anywhere near Jesus.
It got me thinking. I am a deep thinker haha! I wondered if Jesus…
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…