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November 2009

The chief Physician

J. Peter Daniel

“Just a tiny prick on the wound; initially, it will be painful; after that, it will be alright” the Nurse informed the patient named Maran in the treatment room.  Actually, he had come to the Hospital with a swelling on his right thumb.  The damage had occurred when he had tried to close the main door in his house.   Initially, he didn’t care about it.  After a week, it developed into swelling which was posted for operation.

While the nurse was conversing with him, a Doctor in white coat entered the room with a stethoscope.  Quickly, he explained the procedure step by step to Maran.  His heartbeat had gone up when he listened to the words of knife, scissors, stitching, etc.   Slowly, the Doctor finished the procedure and prescribed medicines for alleviating the pain.  After a week, Maran entered the Doctor’s cabin and showed his healed hand and expressed his gratitude to the Doctor.  Moreover, Maran quite forgot the prick and the pain.

This episode teaches lessons related to life.  The outward appearance of the swelling is actually indication of inward damage.  The cure of the swelling depends on the healing of inward part.  For complete cure, the swelling has to be operated to remove the pus as well as administer antibiotic medicine to suppress the virus and bacteria.

Similarly, the world has been immersed with evils such as social injustice, casteism, terrorism, drug addiction, immortality, debauchery, same sex marriage, rivalry among brothers, divorce, accumulation of wealth in one place and poverty in another.  The outbursts of evils are due to the inward selfish attitude of people.  For instance, gratification of sexual desire leads a father to rape his own daughter of nine years with a help of his wife and greed for wealth leads one to kill his own son to get rid of a curse, and so on.

These evils are like the wound and have disturbed whole human race.   People try to undo past, present and future ‘karma’ by doing a lot of outward religious activities.  It hasn’t either cured their inner turmoil or delivered them from evil.  It has aggravated the problem instead of alleviating it.  One of the scholars said that he wanted to do good things but he was doing evil.  He wanted to escape from this but no one can do it.  Who will help this type of a wretched person?

We have tried our best to untangle ourselves from the spider’s web but ended up with a new problem.  In the end, we feel lonely and depressed because of our attitudes haunt us day and night.  It may be a relationship problem, emotional hurt, hurting others, cheating, etc.

We have to realize and accept our inability to deal with our own problems. The acceptance of inadequacy helps us realize that we need a specialized physician who can clean and transplant our heart. The human doctor cannot perform this type of operation because they have studied to treat the patients physically. In this operation, we need a doctor who is flawless and sterile from all those evils.

If you are in this situation, it is better to start searching for a specialized Doctor; just we are finding out the right Doctor for our kind of disease.  The first question is how to recognize such a person?  First of all, the person should not have done any evil or sin in one’s life time on earth.  Secondly, the birth of the person should be different from other persons’.  Otherwise, the inborn nature of evil comes as a default. Thirdly, the person should endure hardship and death just as we do. Fourthly, the person has to face the consequence of death. Fifthly, the person has to resurrect from death.

Second question comes, who is that person?  It is better to analyze the criteria. The fifth point deals with the resurrection as per the sequence. The word ‘resurrection’ has not been attached with any leader. It has been credited only to Jesus Christ who has resurrected and is living today. His tomb was left open. He came to this world with the purpose of delivering a people from power and presence of sin. He lived and died for us. His birth was unique and different from normal.

Third question rises, what do we have to do?  For instance, the doctor should get permission from the patients before touching them. Similarly, Jesus Christ is being standing at the door of our life and knocking at our heart. He will not enter unless until we open the door because the key is with us. Once we open our heart to Jesus Christ, then He will come and dwell and dine with us. We have to confess our sin as well as confess that Jesus Christ is our Lord who has incarnated as human after setting aside all His power and glory. He substituted our place on a cross. He was buried on the same day and kept in the borrowed tomb which was guarded by the soldiers. On the third day, the stone was rolled away and Jesus Christ was raised and revealed to many people before going to heaven. He promised that He will come back as He has gone up to heaven.

The following prayer, done silently, will help you feel the burden rolling away from you. Moreover, you will feel the presence of God and power of God.

“Lord, I believe You came to this world to die for me and my sin. I often try to act as though I am a saint but I am a sinner when compared with your holiness.  I accept my sinfulness. I have to die but you have died for me and paid the penalty of my sin.  Thank You, Lord Jesus for being my substitute. Lord, please accept me as Your child and give me a new heart, new life, new thoughts, new purpose, new Spirit and a new vision.  Do come into my heart and be the Master of my life. Please give me a peace which can’t be given by this world. Give me a heart to seek You and know You more. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”  Amen.

This prayer makes you feel His presence in your life.  You have to continue to be in touch with God reading the Word of God (The Bible) and praying to Him about everything going on in our minds and life, and have fellowship with like-minded people who have accepted Him just like you.

P.S. You can use the above article as tract for distributing among patients

J. Peter Daniel
Glocal youth vision
Kingdom of Bahrain
Email: peterpearline@gmail.com / yahoo.co.in
Skype: peterpearline
www. glocalyouthvision.wordpress.com
www.kirubai.org
http://www.glocalleadersnetwork.com

I.  A touching story by a girl.

“When I was a little girl, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had  made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.

On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of fruits and extremely burned toast in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if  anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom, and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him  that night, but I do remember Watching him smear butter and jelly on that toast and eat every bite!

When I got Up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad For burning the toast. And I’ll never forget what he  said: ‘Baby, I love burned toast.’

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if He really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, ‘Debbie,  your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides-a little burnt toast never hurt anyone!’ You know, life is full of  imperfect things…..and imperfect people. I’m not the best housekeeper or cook.

What I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults – and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences – is the one of  the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting marriage relationship.

And that’s my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your married life and lay them at the  feet of GOD. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a marriage where burnt toast isn’t a deal-breaker! We could  extend this to any relationship in fact – as understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!! “

“Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.”

II. Helicopter Parents:  Parent types:  1) Helicopter:  parents hover overhead, rarely out of reach, whether their child needs them or not.  2) Rotor Blade: The overfly fussy parent, fidgeting constantly over their off spring.  A lot like the rotor-blades of a chopper.  3) Curling:  As in the Olympic ice sport of curling, parents who try to ‘sweep ice’ (obstacles) out of their child’s path.  4) Black Hawk: Like the US military helicopters, aggressive parents who will do whatever it takes for their child’s success.  Today, parents need counseling.  They should understand that every child cannot be forced to excel in everything, and that a child needs unstructured play time. Children should be given space to take charge of their life.  ‘Parental anxiety’ is predominant worrying for the best environment for their children.  In a generational shift three factors are true:  First, parents will be highly involved in their children’s lives; Second, parents opt for fewer children, wait longer to have them and are more affluent, so they tend to micromanage children’s lives and have trouble letting go;   Third, An outward sign of economic anxiety, parents want to prepare their children for fierce competition they are likely to face in an uncertain job market.  In an effort to be aware of every aspect of their child’s life, and therefore control it a lot of parents take the ‘friend’ approach.  Unfortunately, buddy parents often turn overprotective due to lack of faith, and time for their child.  Hovering can frustrate children and make them stifled, and some react to become ‘rebel’.  Setting boundaries is a good practice, with freedom to move within those limits.  Here are some signs to recognize: 1) Quick fixers: Always opt for shotgun solution to suit their child.  If the child does not like a teacher, parents will demand the principal replace him or her.  2) Ranters & Ravers: Loudly complain about anything that doesn’t go their child’s way: always crib about unfair treatment or about losing out to those with better contacts.  3) Attention seekers: Believe the world revolves around their child.  If their kids want to run up and down airplanes aisles, so be it.  Be expected to ooh and aah over them.  4) Rule bakers:  Show little respect for the views and needs of others, or fo authority.  They always side with their child, no matter how poorly behaved or bratty.  5)  A telltale sign:  Parents masquerading as their child online.  There needs to be a balanced between protective parenting and permissive parenting.  The household needs to be a democratic set-up.  Parents should be authoritative, but not authoritarian, they need to discuss disciple and responsibilities.   (Nandini Narayan & Sharmi Ghosh Dastidar, India Today 21 September 2009, p. 60-64)

Half of world’s hungry live in India:

India is high on the hunger map. Despite the government’s tall promises on the food security bill, nearly 50 per cent of the world’s hungry live in India and the global economic crisis may add more as food prices decline. Nutritional and health indicators are also extremely low.

About 35 per cent of India’s population – around 350 million – do not know where their next meal will come from. Nearly nine out of ten pregnant women aged between 15 and 49 years suffer from malnutrition and anemia.

Though many hope that the economic recession, will not last more than a year or two, there is one segment that is going to feel its impact lifelong. A majority of children below five in the country whose health may be compromised forever. Experts warn that the country cannot afford to wake up when its too late, when shocking figures start showing up in health data.

Balamma carries leftovers from the home where she works as domestic help for her two children. Her two-year old toddler, crying in hunger usually gets his first meal at noon. Balamma’s husband Krishna has not been keeping well and getting work as construction labour has been very erratic recently. “It’s very difficult, even when we have to buy oil and dal once a week. I don’t give the children any milk because I can’t afford it,” she says.

In India, 40 to 45 per cent of the children under five are already undernourished and stunted in growth. And 70 per cent of the children consume less than 50 per cent of the micronutrients they are supposed to consume. This deprivation, made worse by economic recession could be a healthy future lost forever for an entire generation.

Dr B Sesikeran, Director of National Institute of Nutrition says, “Even those marginally better nourished, will be pushed into the undernourished bracket because of the economic recession. That is a major concern.”

For children less than two years old, this will leave a lifelong imprint.

Dr G N V Brahmam, community data expert on nutrition, says, “Diet survey have shown intake of protective foods like pulses, leafy vegetables and other vegetables is very, very low. Midterm solution is to fortify foods with micronutrients because we are not able to meet through balanced diets.”

Nutritionists point out that this is nothing less than an emergency and existing infrastructure must be quickly geared up to meet the challenge. http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/hunger_crisis_a_future_lost.php accessed on 16 October 2009

Humor

Gloria Greenwood

From half way across the store, I could hear a mother calling for her son: “Jimmy, Jimmy!”  I turned a corner into another aisle and found a sis-year-old playing by himself.

“Are you Jimmy?” I asked.

“Yes”

“Didn’t you hear your mother call?”

“Yes”

“Aren’t you going to go to her?”

He shook his head.  “She ‘s not hysterical yet.”

Note: Item II and III has been taken from Glocal Urban Vision – Rev. J. N. Manokaran – http://www.glocalleadersnetwork.com

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