My dearest Tomi,
I hope you’ve been great. Been a while since I last saw you. Your replies have been very heart warming. You certainly are right, relationships are definitely overrated and the virtue of patience, down played. I think most of it stems from the false romantic fairy tales Hollywood keeps selling to us. The situation is further compounded as people emotionally launch out prematurely. I believe a degree of emotional independence (among other things) has to be achieved before one should venture into such commitment. Albeit, we are all learning to live.
In your last letter, you detailed a rather unfortunate occurrence that got you disappointed and angry. A very heart-wrenching news. It made rounds on the internet and his actions were absolutely inexcusable. To think that he would blatantly stand in front of his congregation and say it was none of their business was just out rightly irresponsible. Silence of his infidelity would have been preferred or golden even. This pastor’s extra-marital affair is saddening.
However, here’s what I need you to consider, you shouldn’t be discouraged about this mishap, because Jesus gave you salvation not the pastor. We learn from them, we submit to them, we acknowledge and honour them, but just as Paul told the people of Lystra, when they tried to exalt him as a god, they are men of ‘like passions’. Meaning, they are plagued with the very [...]
My dearest Tomi,
I’m very delighted to hear that my last letter is beginning to help redefine your perspective on love. I trust that you’ve been good. I thought I should share some thoughts on what our evangelicals constantly harp about. Some preachers, it seems, over emphasise it, and others under emphasise it. How come we keep threatening people with fervent heat when Jesus kept telling us that ‘your sins are forgiven’?
Ever wondered what sin really is? Is it just not drinking? Or not fornicating? Or not stealing? Or not killing? Or not lying? Is it any of these? All of these? None of these? Could ‘morality’ be all there is to living rightly? The main words used in Hebrew that have been translated to mean sin are majorly ‘chata’, ‘pesha’ and ‘avon’. The Greek word translated to mean sin in the New Testament is ‘hamartia’. The Hebrew and Greek words ‘chata’ and ‘hamartia’ respectively, connote the same meaning, which is to ‘miss the mark’. It conveys the picture of an archer who shoots an arrow but doesn’t get the bullseye. While, the Hebrew words ‘pesha’ and ‘avon’ basically infer a trespassing. Doing what you’re not supposed to be doing or being where you’re not supposed to be.
I’ll choose to stay up late in the night to write love letters and spoken word poetry about you my love,
To read the 66-book-love-letters you wrote to me,
To write about the beauty of your face when you stood just two inches from me,
So intimately close to each other that the very breath of your nostrils became the air that filled my lungs,
Causing my cells and organs to kick and scream, bursting into life with the sounds of activity as your magnificence filled my senses,
My body ached for your touch.
When Elohim stood in front of the first man Adam to breathe the breath of life into him, the Ruach-Elohim,
Adam awoken to see his first sight, God standing right in front of Him,
God who is love. God is love,
You are my love at first sight.
I can’t wait till we get re-united again at the marriage supper of the Lamb,
Although right now I’m here handing out invitation letters for people to attend our marriage ceremony,
And even if I had 99 problems you wouldn’t be one,
Even if I had 99 problems, you could never be one.
Yes, the world would know that we have been with you,
For our faces would shine from having seen your face; as we behold the mirror of your written Word, we are continually being changed into your very image,
Our hearts would be changed because it would no longer be made of stony tablets but would [...]
That’s what she said to me, that I had a way with words. I said you’re right, thank you very much. We were both speaking the same language, but not from the same world views. Our perspectives on the issue at hand were eons apart. She meant it as a compliment, to mean that I have some mastery with the craft, but I… Well, let’s leave my mental process out of it for now shall we?
God, the master of the milky way and the governor of the galaxies, the uncreated creator and inconceivable wonder, He spoke the heavens and the earth into existence. Isn’t it interesting that all what He says is termed the ‘WORD of God’ and not ‘words of God’? (But that’s none of my business right now.) Following the account of Genesis 1, God doesn’t mope around the darkness, complaining and worrying, He simply spoke everything to be. Light, birds, fishes… All of them.
Every successful person would tell you to be careful what you say, especially the things you say to yourself, for they are true. ‘He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right’ the popular saying goes. Our words have the capacity to shape the worlds we live in. There’s a law of attraction in operation, constantly bringing that which we utter. Sound always creates. So yes, I do have a way with words. But, probably not [...]
My dearest Tomi,
I imagine you must have been anticipating this letter. I hope you didn’t have to lose any sleep over it though, I trust you to take good care of your body. This is the only physical asset God has entrusted in your care which gives you license to carry out your assignment on earth. You of all people should understand its gravity.
I’m impressed with the homework you did on the subject of love. You did well to mention some of its qualities: love is kind, patient, long suffering, takes no record of wrong etc. However, what I want you to understand is Love Himself before you mention His qualities. Here’s what I mean, it’s only when someone has identified the gate to our house before they can start mentioning its qualities like it being black and having vertical bars. The qualities only serve to substantiate and verify Love’s identity, but if you miss who Love is and start searching/finding these qualities somewhere else, you’ll more than likely end up with a copy cat.
Firstly, I need you to understand and remember who we are and whose we are: we are kingdom and we are God’s children. Every believer of this Truth most first and foremost realize that God is the source of all meaning and purpose; He gives relevance to all that we see and know. I need [...]