So, why not just not have any sex scenes..!
CHARLIE WATTS - DEAD AT 80
Charlie Watts kept an almost perfect rhythmic beat behind songs and performances of the Rolling Stones...He didn't grab the headlines like Jagger and Richards but he kept time for the music and songs on the drums.
SPUTNIK 5 - SLAYING THE 7 HOUR DRAGON!
Inculturation in Bolivia Includes the God given grace to slay the dragon of surviving long queues. And my experience in a massive queue for 7 hours to get my second dose of the Sputnik 5 vaccine testifies to this Grace.
I arrived at about 5.45 am at the Gabriel Rene Moreno University, and slipped into the line; a clerk approached me, took his black marker and wrote number, 409, on my left wrist. He didn't say a word.
I left the University, dazed more than tired, but, fully vaccinated at 1.30 pm.
Surprisingly I didnt feel drained inspite of the long wait this time around when compared to the tiredness after a 6 hour wait for my first Sputnik dose a few months ago.
I felt psychologically prepared for a very long wait, this time around. Also, the pleasant weather today offset the previous experience of standing in the queue under the wretched heat.
A lady behind me yakked away endlessly and LOUDLY throughout the wait trying to attract attention; someone wanted her to shut up, but he bit his tongue. Lord only knows where she got the energy to annoy us with her commentary on politics, scandals, culture etc.
The growing queue overflows and takes up space in the pavement; people had begun to line up since 4 am this morning.
Folk know how to hustle in Bolivia: vendors sell coffee and curry puffs for breakfast; young ladies offer to photocopy documents; men rent stools n chairs to those waiting in the queue; and we had an incredibly talented blind singer who put great emotion into his singing. He deserved every cent his assistant collected for his incredible performance.
I couldn't see a single policeman controlling the massive and growing queue; people sit on rented stools and follow the person in front of them when it's their turn. We're restless, funny, angry and calm, but also nasty at anyone wanting to cut the queue. You get the sense that this extraordinary collective effort at maintaining discipline in the queue might fall apart if a small number decide to get into a fist-fight.
His Grace n Mercy holds everything together; and more than props up the fragile discipline of the queue.
I finally entered the dispensary to get my Sputnik 5 second dose with others. The admin staff and the nurses greet us with a smile and do a great job in administering the vaccines to the masses with patience and skill. I leave the dispensary relieved, jaded but also grateful for His grace.
Get vaccinated! These vaccines strengthen us in the fight against COVID-19.
Michelle gets her 2nd dose of the vaccine next week. 👩🏻👩🏻
In the Lord's hands we continue to slay the dragons in battles that leave us in a daze! I have no side effects from the vaccine yet... God is good! Amen! 🍇🍇🍇🍇💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
BOLIVIA'S BLUE SKYUnder the afternoon blue sky,
THE SACRED EMBROIDERY
A thread finds its way into the needle's
eye, and goes for a holy walk, weaving
sacred beauty on life's embroidery.
Sharp and pointed, the needle plunges
through tiny orifices like a diver, plunging
into the dark sea.
The needle breaks tiny bubbles below and
surges through the cloth's surface, carrying
the thread across minute openings, visible
only to the needle. Oh to breathe fresh air!
And darkness around the needle
dissipates under the Sun's light;
now; the angels sing to the threaded
needle, their voices weave the needle
across life's sacred embroidery.
Leaves drink the Sun's
sacramental light and shine through
green foliage; perched on their
tips don't petals look for attention?
Slender veins hold the green
leaves on the stem, giving them poise,
next to others in Godly design.
And they stand not alone but together
to claim holy attention.
Blessings n greetings from Bolivia!
Thank you for your prayer support in these trying times. Praise the Lord for all of you! Serving in Bolivia is like a never-ending David and Goliath battle.
A few days ago during my weekly meeting with the clergy through zoom, we received reports of an increasing number of COVID-19 related deaths and infections. Except for one congregation, the rest have gone back to digital services.
Pray for the church's zoom driven discipleship programs to thrive and grow during the week. Together with the senior clergy, we are working towards a national leadership training program in March...pray for the Lord to equip His Church to face the challenge of making disciples from the COVID-19 harvest. Pray for anointing, confidence, and for humility to learn.
Pray for a revival that will move many to Christ and pray for the church to reap and disciple this harvest!
The present government has more or less chosen the economy n politics over the need for strong social measures to stem COVID-19's rising tide e.g rigid quarantine
The doctors and frontline medical staff lobby for the latter because health services have broken down again before the avalanche of cases in the hospitals.
Meanwhile campaigning for the regional elections on March 7th, to elect governors and mayors, continues unabated without much interest in social distancing. Some candidates have died and infections continue to mount. Lord have mercy on us!
One silver lining is the cancelation in February of the annual "Carnaval" - 3 days of debauchery, drunkenness, waste, and deaths from fights and road accidents. Sadly, only the COVID-19 threat, has the muscle to overcome the big financial interests (liquor companies) that prop up Carnaval.
Pray for the Anglican church to GROW and find its voice and testimony in the midst of a growing national tragedy. We have perhaps yet to see the worse of COVID-19.
Pray for Michelle n I to not lose our bearings and to find the quality time to build up each other in Christ. We work from home these days and spend most of our time in this self-imposed confinement.
Thank you once again for your support and intercessions. PTL!