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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Fate of Suco and Friends 3



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And now seek I to chant of blue heroes
Dare-devils who destroyed demons of woes
And shattered nests that blackbirds by stealth
May chirp rapid thunder to crack the earth
          Arise I to sing of trine gods’ decoy
As titans and villains yawn to destroy
Possess my cords, possess my breath to spin
Oh muse that beat by gust the boughs to din
          Touch ye my tongue, feed ye my eyes with light
Tame ye fiery dragon that flies at night
That I on its back fast into the sky
May cut to raid the truth and bid the lie
          Suco smeared no soil though she’s so adjudged
          And mourning friends en route to Hades trudged.

Monday, 18 September 2017

The fate of Suco and Friends



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The world’s bemused our earths now are quaking
The gods bemoaned our bloods now are gushing
And songs of man now supplant songs of gods
Ever since mother queen touched the pods
                Lioness hath caught her games and seeing her king
She hastened fangs to douse or rouse her king
By such goodness our queen came close to pet
And father saw her eyes and took and ate
                The sun darkened and eyes harkened to fright
And four legs burrowed deep to cloud His sight
Gaping their eyes on wonders of bodies
Unveiled for fears and curses and worries
                But no night too thick His voice canst unroot
                And He came with heavy stride of His foot

Sunday, 17 September 2017

THE RINGS OF FIRE: 2 THE REBELLION





VEXATIONS
Simi stood in front of the butcher. She opened her handbag and began to scatter things inside it. The butcher picked two knives and sharpened one with the other. He took a big piece of meat and sliced it into three and began to cut one into smaller pieces. Looking at Simi, he asked, “Madam, hope no problem?” and she shook her head. A woman with a baby on her back came also to buy meat. She was carrying a basket full of stuffs on her head. As the woman tried to lift the basket, she staggered and struggled not to fall. Simi hastened to remove the baby from her back before the women could reach the ground. The woman selling pepper and seasonings, opposite the butcher also rushed to help the fallen mother up on her feet. “Thank you all. God will not leave you. You will not lose what you cherished most.”
“Next time,” said the pepper seller, “ask someone to assist you.”
The butcher packed Simi’s meat inside nylon and gave it to Simi. She paid for the meat and took off. And baby’s mother continued to bargain for a piece of meat.
          After Simi had left, after selling meat to the baby’s mother the butcher, trying to find change for his customer found that Simi had given him three thousand naira notes instead of two. “Ha, woman yi o gba change,” he said. “O, well, she may come back,” baby’s mother responded. “Only God know what was wrong with that madam,” the butcher said. As baby’s mother was going, the butcher called her back to take her wallet. And she took it. She turned to leave but the pepper seller stopped her. “Haba, mama, agbalagba niyin ke. You’re an elder. Why did you lie?”
“What do you mean lie? Do you want to insult me?”
“No, no, but you didn’t do well.”
Baby’s mother hissed and attempted to walk away but the pepper seller pulled her back. “You’re going nowhere. You’re a thief!”
“What! You called me a thief?”
Baby’s mother slapped the pepper seller and the two women started fighting. One woman managed to remove the baby from her mother’s back. “Hey, in front of my shop?” the butcher shouted and stopped them from fighting. The pepper seller had to explain why she accused baby’s mother. “Boda Popo, this thief is not the owner of the wallet. It belongs to the first woman who forgot to collect change.”
“That’s a lie. It is my wallet.”
“No problem, mama, you’re my customer. And she is my regular customer. Let’s check your basket and your hand bag; if there’s no other wallet then it may be yours.”
“No way! I will not let you treat me like a thief.”
After much reluctance, baby’s mother allowed them to search her basket, one wallet was found inside. They asked her how much she had in the wallet but she refused to tell them. Then they searched her bag and found a similar pink wallet. Inside that wallet were different naira notes summed up to one thousand five hundred. “That must be hers,” pepper seller said. Inside the other wallet were twelve one-thousand-naira notes. No one judged baby’s mother. The wallets were the same. She might not have known that the second one was not hers. “No, problem ma, she’s my customer. I’ll keep it for her.”
Now, baby’s mother looked at the women. She didn’t know who had removed the baby from her back. And that person had taken off with the baby. “Mogbe o! Omo mi da? Where is my child? Ha! Baba Luku, is this how you want to afflict me?” She didn’t care about her basket, or wallet. Many people joined her to look for the unknown person who had removed baby from the mother’s back and had taken the baby away. They wouldn’t find that person. Baby’s mother would wail all over the place. No one would find the baby. Baby’s mother said her husband will kill her if she returned home without the baby. “She is our only child. “Yeh! Okansoso! I was barren for thirty years. My husband’s family pressured him to marry another wife but he didn’t. He loves very much. And now that we’re blessed with a child Baba Luku has done this that my child to should be stolen. Baba Luku o! Baba Luku o!” Baby’s mother wailed.
Similoluwa came home. She dropped the sac and her bag by the door and rushed into her room. She opened her wardrobe and began to search. She removed each cloth and searched pockets of all that have pockets. “No, it can’t be inside the wardrobe.” Simi moved to a corner where a big bag was settled. She opened the bag and began to take out all the books therein. She opened the books one by one perhaps something was inside any of them. “Where did I put this thing?”
Prophetess Tejuola came down from upstairs and saw a sac by the door. She walked to it. Similoluwa had come back. “What happened in the market? She didn’t buy my plantain, she didn’t but stuffs. Only meat? Or she’s in the kitchen? Is she even inside this house? Simi o!”
Simi came to the sitting room and began to check everywhere. She didn’t respond to Prophetess Teju’s questions. “Did anyone fight you? Did you misplace something? You lost the money you took to the market?”
“I know where I forgot my wallet.”
“Then what are you looking for?
“Where is Aaron? Where is he? I need to know.”
The Prophetess looked at Simi’s eyes. Simi looked like she might cry. She ran upstairs to continue her search. And the Prophetess followed her. “Wait, Becky told me that Aaron is fine.”
“You’re hiding something from me.”
Prophetess Tejuola reasoned within her if it would be good to let Simi know that Aaron was missing and might be in danger. And she knew it would be difficult to lie to Simi concerning Aaron’s situation. “This girl knows something is wrong.  If I lose her I might lose my son.” Prophetess Tejuola called Similoluwa to the sitting room down stairs and promised to tell her the truth. She told her what Becky had said about Aaron’s situation. “My Aaron? My Aaron is missing?” Simi asked. Prophetess Teju only nodded. “My Aaron may not remember me?”
“Yes, your Aaron may not.”
Similoluwa saw her bag. She quickly moved to the door side and carried it. She wanted to search again. “It’s not inside your bag,” said Tejuola.
“What do you think I’m looking for?”
“I know it. It’s not inside this house.”
“You … found it? And you hid it? No? You burnt it? Or you threw it away?”
“This is a Christian family. Hoodoo is not allowed in this house.”
Simi slowly sat on the floor. Tears rolled down her cheek. Prophetess Tejuola moved closer and also slowly sat on the floor beside Simi. The prophetess cuddled Simi and begged her for forgiveness. “It’s for the good of all of us. We cannot serve God and Mammon.”
“It’s for the good of your pride. You’re a prophetess! Do you know why I keep that gourd? Do you know what’s inside it? It’s all for Aaron’s sake –to keep him safe and to make him prosper.”
“It is for the same reasons that I’ve thrown it away –to keep him safe and to make him prosper.”
“Hmmm, that means I am a threat to him. You’re saying that what I kept and what I did to help him only endangered his life? So, I was trying to thwart his prosperity?”
“No, but he’s a Christian. And it is better …”
Simi suddenly rose up and rushed into her room. She locked the room to prevent Prophetess Teju from entering. After some minutes, she came out with a small bag. “Thank you for everything you have done for me since my parent’s death. You will be rewarded. You’ve only tolerated me you haven’t loved me. If you’ve loved me you’d have respected me or at least not thrown away my thing without telling me.”
“Hey! I made that choice for love. I love you. Mogbe! Simi! Another trouble. Please don’t go so that we can look for him together. And you have nowhere to go do you?”
“No I don’t have nowhere to go and that’s why I can go anywhere. How dare you think of me as a helpless orphan and treated me as such?”
Though Prophetess Tejuola pleaded that Simi should not leave Similoluwa still left the house with annoyance. And the Prophetess began to cry. “I had hoped that if Simi is with me and see her safe, Aaron will be safe. He will come back to me. How will I now be sure?”

Saturday, 16 September 2017

COPING WITH COMPLEXITIES IN THE CHURCH: CHAPTER ONE



COPING WITH COMPLEXITIES IN THE CHURCH
CHAPTER ONE:
NO ONE IS IGNORANT, MANY MAY JUST BE UNLEARNED
One day, a group of servants decided to mock an enviable servant. The servant was very ambitious. He became very close to his master such that the master always discussed plans and journeys with him. But who would blame the mockers or the jealous. They had served the master for many years and suddenly he brought in a new servant and made that new one his favourite. They had spent years learning the ways of their masters and so they believed their junior was ignorant. They wanted to vex him with their pedantry. “And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace (2 Kings 2:5).” They were all of one order, one faith, one practice, one master and one God. They were all sons of the prophets and were of God. In our text we can deduce that they knew that Elisha knew about Elijah’s imminent departure. Yes, they did. Elisha had become of the order of the prophets and was expected to know. But they supposed he had a dull mind or weak memory. That was because of the crazy thing that Elisha was doing –following Elijah everywhere.
          How many times have we ridiculed some person(s) because we think we know or truly know something than such ones? How many time have we become irritated because someone who should know about something seemed to be acting as if he lacks knowledge about that thing? Maybe we’re not the ones who ridicule others. Maybe we’re actually the one ridiculed in such a case. How many times have we restrained others because they were new or junior to us in terms of years spent in the fold? Perhaps we’re the one treated ‘somehow’ because we’ve spent just few years in the church compared to other people.
          When someone is ambitious that person must be strange –he or she has to be. And often times, those who are complacent, those who fear risks, those who fear change, those who do not see the vision that the strange fellow had seen and those who do not understand the mission of the strange one will wait for the eventualities. Their expectation is not for the success of the strange but for the failure and regret of such one so they can gloat. This is not unknown in the household of faith. “And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan (7).”
          There was a man whose sagacity and manoeuvring surpassed that of every other person. He was well known among the nobles and soon rose to become a beloved friend and one among the chiefs of a king. But he never believed that anyone should have an idea contrary to his. The king, to this man’s vanity, must always seek and follow only this man’s advice. “Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he saith … And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time.  (2 Samuel 17:5&7).” Ahithophel’s counsel was perfect. “And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness (2 Samuel 15:32).” David and all knew that Ahitophel was learned and cunning. But David told Hushai to return to Absalom. He trusted that Hushai could convince Absalom of loyalty and he trusted Hushai wouldn’t betray him like Ahitophel. “But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will be thy servant, O king; as I have been thy father's servant hitherto, so will I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel (2 Samuel 15:34).” Obviously, the sagacity of Hushai was also known to the king and other people. David prayed to God that the counsel of Ahitphel be turned into foolishness. David di’n't pray that Ahitophel should die. David, after praying now chose Hushai and sent him to Absalom with the faith that with God’s backing, Hushai shall defeat Ahitophel. Where then is Ahitophel’s invincibility or exclusivity to knowledge?
          How many times have we felt hurt because our own idea was not implemented or was turned down and another person’s idea was valued? How many times have we felt hatred just because some had another view of what we think is best? As Ahitophel was sagacious so also was Hushai. And both were cunning. Yes, Ahitophel’s counsel was perfect for the good of his new lord and Hushai’s counsel was good for the safety of his own lord.
No one is ignorant, some may just be reticent
None is ignorant, some may just be yet uninformed of a thing, but of other thing(s) they’re informed. That is why some believe that all are born ignorant. That is why Socrates asserted that man does not know. And that is why man has been trying to know. To be ignorant is to be uniformed. So, it has a context. Someone informed in a context or on a subject shouldn’t gloat on the ones that are not informed on that. None is ignorant in so much as no one, no human, is knowledgeable in all.
No one is ignorant, some may just be unlearned. Then it is learning that has caused a difference and developing, a further difference.
No one is ignorant some are just observant and are yet to talk. Maybe they’re not yet allowed to speak. So, not all who seem uninformed or unlearned are actually so. Some are waiting for a better chance or right time to talk or contribute. And it is wisdom to keep quite where one’s opinion is not needed.
Anyone born of human being is capable of knowledge (of good and evil). The search for knowledge has directions and the development of knowledge has paces for knowledge, to man, is inexhaustible but not exclusive. On to this issue of knowing what is right, having the right idea, having the best option or thought for a mission was what caused division between two chosen heralds of the Gospel.
“And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.  But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.  And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus (Acts 15:37-38).”
Contentions in the church?
Argument in the church?
Grudges or malice in the church?
Envy, jealousy, factions and so on in the church?
Well, it happened not only in the Corinthians Church and Paul and Barnabas had their differences too, which they couldn’t resolve but could have or ought to resolve. We might say that it was good that they separated to cover more lands. After all persecution that scattered the church caused the spread of the gospel even on to Samaria. Yes, that’s true. But they could have separated without contention. And we’re not without such occurrences in this age.
Complexities were found in all churches: the Galatians, Ephesians, Corinthians and so on. Most of the time, knowledge, –that one person knows better and must be listened to and that his word must be revered above others –has birthed these contentions or grievances and most of such are not spoken or treated.
Nevertheless, we cannot despise the gift of the words of wisdom and the gift of the words of the knowledge which the Holy Spirit gives to certain people as He chooses.
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