Friday, November 25, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
She did watch her son upon the cross
this lady of divine intentions
felt her heart throb
matching the pulse of the man
called Jesus, her first born
the same one who cried when He
fell and blistered His hand
the same one who
asked why friends looked at Him
with amazing eyes
knowing He was destined for
After the angel came to her
and shared the Immaculate Conception news
she prepared herself for this moment--
her son upon the cross
her son limp after conversing with His father
her son the Saviour of the world.
© Richard L. Provencher
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Re God---if we compare fossils supposedly millions of years old to earth being created in six days and only 2,000 years old; what then? In God’s language the snap of a finger could easily be one or ten million years, so to my way of thinking, the adage about aging earth is not really relevant. In any case we will find the true answer to this one after we pass on. In the meantime, direct communication with God, through prayer, is very re-assuring to many of us.
Re Praying---in my case, I had a stroke in 1999, and do not doubt for a moment the combination of a great wife, an attitude of perseverance and an avalanche of prayers from family and friends, allowed me to reclaim most of my previous health. Rather than say, no to praying, I embrace any spiritual opportunity to my chest. I can declare it works, as I can now wiggle my toes, hold onto a cup of coffee and lean over to kiss my wife.
Re Evil vs Goodness:
© 2011 Richard L. Provencher
Saturday, October 1, 2011
(Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18)
We know how much praying has been tossed about, too often as an afterthought. Almost like saying to friends, “Have a good day,” as our eyes cast about for the latest sight to view on the street, WITHOUT any contact with the person in front of you. Such statements can come across as meaningless, and that action not realized by the person who gave the pronouncement. When you pray, do it sincerely and with purpose.
As I sat for hours after coming home from the hospital, I reviewed how things had changed because of my stroke. Two week earlier I bragged to friends how much I was capable of doing in the outdoors---canoeing without breaking a sweat, nor huffing and puffing after long hours on the trail. I was in great shape.
Now here I was feeling sorry for the change of affairs, unable to walk across the floor without pain nor get a glass of water and hold the container without dropping it. I could not even speak except for gibberish. I knew what I was saying; no one else did. Under the umbrella of this scenario, I prayed for a miracle to overcome my limitation, and to restore myself to the way it was. This went on for days, until my tongue got weary.
A few days later as I prepared myself for another ritual of requesting favours for myself, a voice whispered in my ear. I knew it was the Holy Spirit. “Get outside yourself, begin to pray for others.” From then on, my daily Journal recorded how quickly my health began to improve. (In 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, Paul writes of the extreme pressures that can be handled only through the prayers of others).