My Manchester- Together We Stand

Mayhem broke loose, youngsters crying
Families desperate for answers, for help
The injured smeared in blood; in pain, and helpless;
My city in shock, confusion and disarray
Bodies scattered, life oozing out sadly so
Emergency services in frantic redemptive scurries
Eyewitnesses recounting the horror

Don’t go to school, there may a suicide attack
Don’t go to church, there may a suicide attack
Don’t go to a concert…
Don’t go to a football match…
Don’t go to town…
Don’t go to the mall…
Don’t go to the work…
Don’t go to anywhere… there may a suicide attack
We must not allow ourselves to live in fear
Fear leads to bondage and unhealthy distrust

A war of twisted ideologies and religious fanaticism
Undermining our usual way of living and existence
How do you combat such extremism and radicalism?
How do you fight such war?
How?

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At 12:50am this morning, I got a distant call from one of our family friends in Nigeria, he called to make sure we were safe. I was confused, and asked him why he asked. He said, “There’s been an attack on Manchester it’s on the news”. I tuned on BBC News and witnessed the terror as shock spread across my face and tears welled up my eyes. Young children screaming in panic, parents searching for their children… all these was happening in my town.

How do we wage war on twisted ideologies? It’s a mind game. How do you know what people are thinking about? And sometimes like this one, it’s calculated, planned and purposely executed. How do you prevent such attacks?

As you read this, please remember our city in your prayers. In the words of our Mayor Andy Burnham, “We are grieving, we are strong, we are together.”

God bless you! God bless Manchester! God bless the United Kingdom!

Eye of the Storm (Nice, France)

As the world shudders at the horrific terrifying stomach-churning attack that happened today in Nice, France; I share this song by Ryan Stevenson in honour of all its victims and survivors. Since 9/11, peace and freedom have gradually become the fantasies of an insane man while the sane is compulsorily forced to live in fear and bondage.
May God comfort the hearts of these victims and their families at such great tragedy, Amen.

Chorus:
In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
In the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me, in the eye of the storm

When the solid ground is falling out, from underneath my feet,
Between the black skies and my red eyes, I can barely see
When I realize I’ve been sold out by my friends and my family,
I can feel the rain reminding me

(Chorus)

When my hopes and dreams are far from me, and I’m running out of faith
I see the future I pictured slowly fade away
And when the tears of pain and heartache are pouring down my face
I find my peace in Jesus’ name

(Chorus)

When the test comes in and the darkness says I’ve only got a few month left
Is like a bitter pill I’m swallowing, I can barely take a breathe
And when addiction steals my baby girl, and there’s nothing I can do
My only hope is to trust You, I trust you Lord…

(Chorus)

Oh, in the eye of, oh, in the eye of the storm
I know You’re watching me, yea, ay
When the storm is raging (when the storm is raging)
And my hope is gone (and my hope is gone, Lord)
When my flesh is failing, You’re still holding on, oh whoa

The Lord is my Shepherd
I have all that I need
He lets me rest in green meadows
He leads me beside peaceful streams
He renews my strength
He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His Name
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid
For You are close beside me.
(Ryan Stevenson)

Daily Prompt: Storm

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From Romeo to Juliette

Dear Juliette,

Speak to me and let me listen, in words and ways I can understand
Share your heart with me and let me into your world
Each time I try getting closer, I see the walls you built around you
The hurts of the past are so evident in your eyes
Your feet have lost their majestic gaits
You don’t love anymore, you don’t trust anymore
Love is not enough you say
But my love will be more than enough you’ll see
My love will intoxicate you and kiss away your pains
I want to understand your heart, your mind, your soul
What makes you smile and that I’ll do everyday
What makes you sad and that I’ll surely avoid
What motivates you and I’ll take you there
What hinders you and I’ll shield you from it
Where are you from? I’ll respect your past
Where are you going? We shall face the future together
Hand in hand we shall ride the storm together
And sit on the sunny beach together as one happy couple
Hand in hand for I will not let go of your hand
If only you will let me into your world
If only you will let me understand you

In anticipation I await your response,
Your Romeo.

Daily Prompt: Understanding, Companion, Storm

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Heaven’s Beautiful Shore

Unfriendly tempests around us assail
As we sail to that Beautiful Shore
With God’s Word to lead us forth
Against each tide we will prevail

How we trust our Father’s hand
To lead His children safely home
Fear not Pilgrim, do journey on
Soon on Heaven’s Shore we shall stand

Sweet Holy Spirit give us strength
Sin does beckon with every tide
Draw us near towards Your side
Dark lusty waves are not our friend

Let heaven’s wind bear us on
May our heartfelt prayers prove our course
Each heart rejoicing with praise to God
When we stand on Heaven’s Beautiful Shore

In response to our daily post word: BeachJourney

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