Are you man enough …

I came across this poem that gives you ‘knots’ in your stomach.  I am sharing the full  post on http://soulofachristiantriathlete.blogspot.com/2009/03/adrian-plass-poem.html whom I thank profusely for sharing this.

Adrian Plass Poem

 If you are interested on learning more about Adrian Plass, please visit his site at www.adrianplass.com.

When I became a Christian I said, Lord, now fill me in,
Tell me what I’ll suffer in this world of shame and sin.
He said, your body may be killed, and left to rot and stink,
Do you still want to follow me? I said Amen – I think.
I think Amen, Amen I think, I think I say Amen,
I’m not completely sure, can you just run through that again?
You say my body may be killed and left to rot and stink,
Well, yes, that sounds terrific, Lord, I say Amen – I think.

But, Lord, there must be other ways to follow you, I said,
I really would prefer to end up dying in my bed.
Well, yes, he said, you could put up with the sneers and scorn and spit,
Do you still want to follow me? I said Amen – a bit.
A bit Amen, Amen a bit, a bit I say Amen,
I’m not entirely sure, can we just run through that again?
You say I could put up with sneers and also scorn and spit,
Well, yes, I’ve made my mind up, and I say, Amen – a bit.

Well I sat back and thought a while, then tried a different ploy,
Now, Lord, I said, the Good book says that Christians live in joy.
That’s true he said, you need the joy to bear the pain and sorrow,
So do you want to follow me, I said, Amen – tomorrow.
Tomorrow, Lord, I’ll say it then, that’s when I’ll say Amen,
I need to get it clear, can I just run through that again?
You say that I will need no joy, to bear the pain and sorrow,
Well, yes, I think I’ve got it straight, I’ll say Amen – tomorrow.

He said, Look, I’m not asking you to spend an hour with me
A quick salvation sandwich and a cup of sanctity,
The cost is you, not half of you, but every single bit,
Now tell me, will you follow me? I said Amen – I quit.
I’m very sorry Lord I said, I’d like to follow you,
But I don’t think religion is a manly thing to do.
He said forget religion then, and think about my Son,
And tell me if you’re man enough to do what he has done.

Are you man enough to see the need, and man enough to go,
Man enough to care for those whom no one wants to know,
Man enough to say the thing that people hate to hear,
To battle through Gethsemane in loneliness and fear.
And listen! Are you man enough to stand it at the end,
The moment of betrayal by the kisses of a friend,
Are you man enough to hold your tongue, and man enough to cry?
When nails break your body-are you man enough to die?
Man enough to take the pain, and wear it like a crown,
Man enough to love the world and turn it upside down,
Are you man enough to follow me, I ask you once again?
I said, Oh Lord, I’m frightened, but I also said Amen.

Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen; Amen, Amen, Amen,
I said, Oh Lord, I’m frightened, but I also said, Amen.

 

And from me Amen ten times and more … tough Lord but I’ll try.

(PS. In following protocol of sharing the post I mention that the highlights of last verses are mine )

Life of a Pencil.

I’m Ralphie the pencil.  I was born in Australia and I am owned by Shyler Rasquinho. She is one of my best friends.  I love writing – that’s my hobby.

My favourite place to go to is class because I meet so many new people and they use me. My favourite people are people with soft hands.  It feels very comfortable. I love to eat rubbers.  It is like my treat.  If I am good, no sharpening is needed and by the way I have only one leg.My best friends are Shyler, Mary, Bob and Austin.  Pens are very mean to me but I love humans.

One day, it was the first day of school and I was nervous but Shyler told me there is nothing to be scared of.  I was scared that my point might come off and Shyler said if it does, she could always sharpen me and I stopped being scared.  That was the end of it. I continue to live a happy life with my best friend, Shyler.

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An essay written by my niece Shyler which I found fascinating.  Such imagination  …!  Have a hunch she will be a writer pretty soon :) 

Profile of the author  – exploring a berry she found !!

 

 

 

Port City Project

I posted my comments on this a few months back.   This cartoon from the newspapers last week captures it well :

Cartoon Port City Project

Land-filling 450 acres of ocean  will sink Sri Lanka in more ways than one.   Fiscal … there is a chance of recovery – generations for the next few centuries can pay the debt.

Destruction of the environment – IRREVERSIBLE.

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Earth day April 22

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Google mail icons today are colorful vibrant doodles to remind us that it is Earth Day – April 22nd.    Perhaps Google should also stamp Earth day across these beautiful doodles so that the millions who see them will be reminded that it is Earth Day.

earth-day-2013-istock23733018.The Earth day logo which I have selected from the many non ‘Google’ images available reminds us that all life and activities need to be in harmony and balanced with each other for continued sustainability and JOY.

Happy Earth Day everyone  …  :)

Please do a little something today for Mother Earth to minimise your footprint.   Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-Facts-2

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. http://www.greenenergysavingtips.com/reduce-reuse-recycle-facts/

 

 

 

Land based clouds

Driving to the office today I noticed something unusual and slowed down to take a picture.

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I wonder whether you can spot the peculiarity ?

This is a close up of the next click – minus the bonnet of the car:)

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What struck me as unusual was the big cloud that seemed to be rising from the ground!  The road ahead was flat so you could not attribute it to a horizon that drops.  It was just a mundane cloud deciding to come down to earth.

and hoping I will share him with Jithin’s blogger community that finds beauty in the little things. 

Beating the heat !

Your door-step you said ?  Forget it.  We are not moving ....”

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Water buffaloes enjoying the shade

“Ok .. no protests from me. You really are a beautiful specimen.  And the heat is almost unbearable so you stay … I’ll just park next door:)     Let me first get a picture of you though for the Mundane Monday community.   Done.   Now I’ll just wait here till you are ready to move . ”   Image result for emoticons

Colombo and many other regions of Asia have been experiencing a heat wave.  The animals are the hardest hit … as are those  in drought lands that have no water at all where humans too are succumbing to the heat.

One of the big questions in the climate change debate: Are humans any smarter than frogs in a pot? If you put a frog in a pot and slowly turn up the heat, it won’t jump out. Instead, it will enjoy the nice warm bath until it is cooked to death. We humans seem to be doing pretty much the same thing  – Jeff Goodell

Grumbling at the heat … but doing nothing to minimise our carbon footprint.

Nature’s parachutes

hbhatnagar‘s picture of a seed pod last week, reminding me of a similar capture of mine -the same week ! – of a pod of a Stephanotis plant on my balcony.

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The parachute-like seeds are natures strategy for dispersal.  They float in the wind, land on soft ground and take root.   Man-made parachutes and most of man’s inventions – even the air-plane, have  all their design inspiration from nature.

Hope you enjoy these pictures.  I could not get the angles I wanted because the seeds kept spilling out each time I moved the plant for a better view.

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Close up – Stephanotis pod and Nature’s parachute.

Posting in response to Jithin’s Mundane Monday challenge to find beauty in the mundane .. and  ..to make the mundane beautiful.

Posted for Mudane Monday Challenge hosted by Jithin.

At Calvary …

The years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.

    • Refrain:
      Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
      Pardon there was multiplied to me;
      There my burdened soul found liberty
      At Calvary.

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
At Calvary!

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Spiritual Freedom

Freedom birds from cage

Freedom from what binds us

Spiritual freedom is an interior freedom, a freedom of the mind and heart.  People who are spiritually free know who they are – with all of their gifts and limitations – and are comfortable with who they are.  ** 

When we let go of unhealthy attachments, fears, and other blockades, we gain the freedom to be our best selves, our most whole selves.

** See Day 3 of following link for full quote on Spiritual Freedom 

Picture Credit :  found on various sites on internet.  Have not been able to obtain original source.