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Return of the King on Palm Sunday

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien tells a story in an imaginary world that somehow rings true. In Tolkien’s fantastic universe of humans, hobbits, elves, wizards, dwarves and monsters, a great evil threatens to cover the world in darkness and make every living being its slave. Chaos is the order of the day. Fear rules the hearts of most. Hope is faint. Yet amid the darkness, there are flickers of light in the love, unity and courage of  a few heroic characters. One of them is Aragon, who is destined to be king. The trilogy ends with his long-awaited return to the throne and triumphant deliverance of his people. Mark 11:1-10 is one of the Bible passages for Palm Sunday, it tells of Jesus entering Jerusalem to the cheers of the crowd, it is the return of the King: Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a c

A prayer for peace: a response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” –   John 14:27 We’re standing in the middle of troubled times. The Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, affected people from every continent and every walk of life. The young, the old, and every in-between is at risk has been affected in some way by the disease itself or by lockdown and social distancing policies brought in to attempt to slow the spread. It’s easy to panic and be afraid. Maybe you find yourself tempted to hoard supplies, anxiously watching the news, or fretting over all the horrible things that  could  happen to you and your loved ones. These are natural and normal human reactions to chaotic moments. But just because panic is a tempting reaction doesn’t make it your only choice. There’s another option that you may be tempted to overlook—peace.  Peace is something God can give us even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even when we f

COVID-19 and what not to do about it.

COVID-19 stats are suspect I just want to share with you a few thoughts about the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the supposedly novel, new coronavirus that's been plaguing the world for the past year or so.   The first thought is the fact that it is not really new. It's very similar to SARS of a few years ago now called Sars-CoV-1. This latest form of it is called Sars-CoV-2 and it's actually pretty similar to its recent cousin. The similarity is such that the Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19 cannot really be called new.   The second thought that I thought that I want to share with you is that COVID-19 is not really a pandemic. Or alternatively we could say that the definition of a pandemic has been changed for COVID-19.  A pandemic used to be defined as a widespread disease, a disease that was highly infectious across many different countries, but also that was having a significant impact on the economy of the country. That is to say, to put it bluntly, if