Monday, August 23, 2010


There is a legend of a woman who had a faithful dog. This dog was so
faithful that the woman could leave her baby with it and go out to
attend other matters. She always returned to find the child soundly
asleep with the dog faithfully watching over him...

One day something tragic happened. The woman as usual, left the baby in
the "hands" of this faithful dog and went out shopping. When she
returned, she discovered rather a nasty scene. There was a total mess.
The baby's cot was dismantled and his nappies and clothes torn to shreds
with bloodstains all over the bedroom where she had left the child and
the dog.

Shocked, the woman wailed as she began looking for the baby. Presently,
she saw the faithful dog emerging from the under the bed. It was covered
with blood and licking its mouth as it had just finished a delicious

The woman went berserk and assumed that the dog had devoured her baby.
Without much thought she clubbed the dog to death. But as she continued
searching for the "remains" of her child, she beheld another scene.
Close to the bed was the baby who, although lying on bare floor, was
safe. And under the bed the carcass of a jackal torn to pieces in what
must have been a fierce battle between it and the dog which was now

Then the reality hit the woman who now began to understand what took
place in her absence. The dog fought to protect the baby from the
ravenous jackal. It was too late for her now to make amends because in
her impatience and anger, she had killed the faithful dog. A dog
deserving praise and adoration that fought to save the life of her dear
beloved child received death in return.

How often have we misjudged people and torn them to shreds with harsh
words and even with physical assault before we have had time to evaluate
the situation? It is called the sin of presumption. Presuming things are
one way without taking the trouble to find out exactly what the
situation really is. A little patience can drastically reduce major life
long errors.

Friday, August 13, 2010


My summer project has been to pray for as many countries of the world as possible. I have a fascination with God’s people throughout the world and if I had the means, I would love to travel and see God’s image in the many nationalities of the world. Lately though, I have been shocked to see the tragedies that seem to follow one after another in many parts of the world. It is hard to see the desperation of people on TV and not being able to do anything. Of the many gifts that we have, prayer is possibly the only gift anyone can use from anywhere. It is priceless. I didn’t know where to start. I chose to use letters of the alphabet and pick countries in ascending order. I realized as soon as I started that this is not a small project. I discovered (through the internet) there are countries that I have not heard of! I never knew for example that Tuvalu is a country! I now know that this will be more than a summer project but I am glad that I am learning about God’s people and their struggles through this exercise. The CIA website provides me with the basic facts to start with. I have also discovered that X seems to be the only letters of the alphabet that has no country of the world named after it!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


"For the turtle to make progress, it must stick out its nake." Unknown author