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Friday, July 1, 2016

I LOVE JESUS


RED ROSES: SHORT STORY BY GEORGE KURIAN (RIP)












RED ROSES:::

It was dawn. Sun's golden rays came through the window and competed with the cool breeze to embrace me. I was going to sleep more but I did not feel wasting the beautiful morning by lazily lying in the bed with day dreaming. After a few moments, I got out of my bed and put my sandals and walked into the garden, adjacent to my house. My long white gown had covered half of my legs and was a perfect match for my black pants, I thought.
The newly blossomed rose and jasmine flowers added beauty to the garden along with many white and yellow tulips. Dews were falling down from the leaves and squirrels were jumping from branches to branches.
The sweet smell of rose and jasmine flowers had spread and covered the entire garden.The red roses were very attractive and I tenderly touched some of them. All of a sudden,I felt an urge to pluck some of them. I did not hesitate, sure enough,I plucked some of them.
Alas! I felt a pain on my fingers and I realized that the thorns of the Rose plants had pierced through my fingers. The blood spread on my gown and suddenly I felt angry. With great annoyance, I threw the flowers on the ground and when I walked, unintentionally my sandals crushed those flowers. I felt a little agitated but I could not do anything at that point and so I continued to walk.
Momentarily I heard a cry and a sob. When I looked back, I knew the Rose plants were crying and sobbing.I was puzzled but did not want to ask them anything. Next day morning was also very beautiful and I visited the garden again. That morning, the garden was decorated with more flowers and more serenity had filled the air. The beauty of the garden and the sweet smell of the flowers made me very happy. I saw a few girls walking ahead of me happily talking.

Their long black hair was adored with red rose flowers. Oh! what a great beauty has been added with those flowers, I thought. I had forgotten the previous day's incident and without any hesitation, my hands stretched to pluck some flowers. All of a sudden I saw some changes in the rose plants. They stopped dancing anymore and started to cry.

I could not realize what was happening. I turned towards them and asked,"what is happening.Why are you crying ?"
They answered: "you are again trying to pluck our flowers, right ?"
 I answered, "Yes. Why, is it a mistake what I am doing ?"
"Surely. You are doing a wrong thing" 
 I asked them in a soft voice. "If I am doing something wrong, what did those girls walking ahead of me do? They plucked many of your flowers and they are on their hair. What about that.?"
The answer surprised me" Yes,they have done a fine job. Wearing the flowers on their hair makes them look more beautiful and so many people could enjoy the beauty of those flowers. surely, people appreciate . What you did was plucking the flowers and throwing them on the road and crushing them with your sandals without any concern of their beauty! The people came after you also crushed them without any mercy !!If you had not plucked them,people would have appreciated their beauty and enjoyed the sweet smell,even if our flowers had a very short life."
 My hands withdrew automatically. At that moment I found a great truth of life. Even if a life is for a short period only, it should be useful and beneficial to others and not to be crushed mercilessly and uselessly.
THE END
Written by George Kurian-copy rights with the author.
(Thanks to our Chief Editor, George Kurian for this beautiful and very meaningful short story). New World


Labels: George Kurian-Short Story-Red Roses 3/30/12 by Cynthia Abegail

Hyperbole, a figurative speech stimulates the mind


Hyperbole is one of the most misunderstood figures of speech in literature.  It is the art of using words in a somewhat exaggerated form.  Writers, sometimes avoid it, in order to be construed as simple, straightforward and clear.


On the other hand, it is one of the richest figure of speech, even more effective than a plain metaphor.  Its richness could be discovered especially in poetry and short stories.  



When one is telling a story, one would like the reader to exclaim,  "Ah, I get it."  The use of hyperbole will be very useful to clarify the point.  It may be quite exaggerated but the point is one is getting the message across.




Hyperbole is not for the light-hearted!  It is not suited for those people who are so plain and drab.  It makes ones heart flutter. It gives another level of meaning.  In this sense, hyperbole is one of the top figure of speech.  It's not for those who love mystery or enigma--use metaphor.  It is ideal for one who likes a stimulation of the mind, a reckoning, not with a subtle flavour.

Cynthia Abegail

Arianna Rose Kurian-Philip: The Gifted Poet


It is very rare that we encounter a young person with a multitude of gifts.  Arianna who has a penchant for writing, is a gift for New World.  Thanks Arianna Rose for your poems and short stories which forms a part of New World's literary treasure!

ALWAYS KEEP YOUR GUARD IN PRAYER FORWARDED BY PRAYER AID




ALWAYS KEEP YOUR GUARD IN PRAYER

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground. Ps 147:3-6

Today, sit quietly and place your hand in Jesus’ Hand, and feel the security of His grasp, feel His acceptance, and His peace flow out to you. Do not be in a hurry to leave –wait! He knows your name, He knows every need of yours He is aware of your anxieties, and He is deeply aware that you have no one to help you with the burden you are carrying. There is no need for words between you and the Lord – He knows everything about you, everything that is gnawing at you He already knows.

Be quiet, hold on to His hand, and feel His love, and strength. When you have to leave, take Him with you, everywhere you go today. He will enjoy sitting at your desk, watching you work, maybe even guiding you the few times you are faltering, He will help you make decisions. Enjoy His Presence today. Then take him home with you; He will help you get all your work done.
(Thanks to Jane Pimenta for reflections fresh as a morning dew!  Excellent).  New World

LONGING FOR LOVE: POEM BY NISHA THAYIL

POEM: NISHA THAYIL
LONGING FOR LOVE
by

Nisha Thayil


Feeling such grief
Felling such despair
This is how it feels when I can't find my love out there.
I am stuck in a dark hole
Locked up with anguish in my heart
But some how I can't break free
Because the anger of feeling alone will never leave me.
Without the expression of love
I am blind, depriving me of light
But hope lingers on and I see flicker
Of love beyond my grasp.
I am tormented, I am silenced
When I look into a mirror, I see all the troubles and sorrows
My reflection prevents me from going to the right direction
Taking my desired love and affection.
It feels as though each time I touch love
It's like a rose petal that falls off to the ground
As I give my heart away
I am left with nothing
Just some disdain, some high sighs
Forbidding me from keeping my head up high.
As I prick my finger on the thorns of the rose
Blood starts to pour leaving my heart to become sore
As I look above, I see this beautiful white dove
It is so pure, innocent and so clear
Flying just like me, to find that special love.
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Republished 3/13/11, 11/7/11

(Thanks to Nisha Thayil for this touching and outstanding poem, a touch
of  Elizabeth Browning's works).  New World

TIME FOR GOD FORWARDED BY JERAMAINE ILAGO

(Something we have to think deeply, Jeramaine , explains through the verses. Thanks)New World

Time for God

We try to keep God on Sunday morning,
maybe Sunday night. We do like to have
Him around sickness and of course at
funerals. However, we don't have time
for Him during work or play. Because
that's the part of our lives we think we
should handle on our own.
May God forgive us for thinking that
there is a time or place where He is
not to be first in our lives.
Without Him, I will be nothing. But
with Christ, he strengthens me.
(Phil 4:13)
adapted Jeramaine Ilago

STRANGE LAND FORMATIONS BY justroughtours.com


STRANGE AND INTERESTING LAND MASS!

GO SELL WHAT YOU HAVE: MK 10


And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing; Go, sell 

what you have, give to the poor; and you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow me.
  
Mk 10 

There are times that we thought that just following the commandments are enough.  Jesus
showed us that love for the poor is essential for our salvation aside from following him.
Jesus, our Lord loves the poor.  It is important that we help those who are marginalised
especially if we are abundant in life.

God owns everything!  If we are well-off financially, it is just a lease!  So why do we 
relish on what we have so extravagantly when we see our brothers and sisters with nothing 
to eat?

Life is too short to swim in pleasure and lose our very souls.  Set aside for the poor and
you will have treasure in heaven.  Do not store barns of wealth on earth because we can't 
bring it when we die.  Instead, assist the poor, distribute food for the hungry, clothe
those who lack necessities in life.  In so doing, we gain honour in the eyes of God.

What then is so fulfilling as to please our Creator whom we owe our existence.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

HOLY SPIRIT, BIND US TOGETHER




Come, Holy Spirit bind us together in love!
Bind broken hearts with your consolation.
Bind divided families with your solace.
Bind war-torn nations with your peace.
Bind us together in common solidarity
with all humanity.  Amen

A TRANQUIL MOMENT: POEM BY MERCY ABRAHAM

                                                        
**A Tranquil Moment **

A poem by Dr. Mercy Abraham
Al Ain, Abu Dhabi- UAE


My Soul soars to worlds unknown
Like a skylark that soars across the lake
What heights of joy and depths of deep Love
It can go and find its treasures.

 Peace fills my mind at this moment solemn
As I gaze across the green placid lake
Where else can I find such a place except
In my own country- "Gods on country!

Where birds come to nest from eons abroad.
It is just pleasant to spend some moments
In this tranquil time - when time seems to be standstill.
And peace soaks into my heart

The shots seam very clear, which
Does not fade in memory,
when You look across the years
What nostalgia will fill your mind, when

You be old and want to go back
To your cherished moments in your memory- lane---
I can see this now as I sit and
Jot down this lines beside the tranquil lake

And as I look at the white birds across the marshes
Some of the birds fly in pairs and
Dance in the air, and go back to their nests
Where their bird lings hatch

I love this moments where everything is quiet
And at a slow pace, when I go back
To my restless and monotonous pace, and
I will be glad if my words bring cheer to you
Across the ocean, and you are far away.

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(Thanks to Dr Mercy Abraham for sharing with us this sweet and
romantic poem that gently unfolds a loving tone in the tranquil
moments of nostalgia and pleasant memories!  Excellent!)
New World

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ALL THINGS WORK FOR GOOD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM FORWARDED BY PRAYER AID

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28

Let us consider these two lines deeply today.  Whoever we are, no matter where we are or what we are encountering at this moment, it is all going to work out for our good.  We will never know how the trials and temptations we face will be to our good later on – we live with mystery!   So did our beloved Mother Mary.  She never knew how things would go or how they would end, but in the end every one of her sufferings was fruitful.  God has called us to a life of faith to be a branch on the vine, to walk with him at all times trusting Him, then for sure all things will work for our good even if we can see no good today.
(It takes the eyes of faith to trust the Lord unconditionally.  Thanks Jane for this beautiful reflection.  Excellent).  New World

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

PRAYER OF TOTAL SURRENDER BY MARIA CASSIA


ALMIGHTY GOD, CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE,
I TOTALLY SURRENDER TO YOU MY LIFE,
MY FAMILY AND ALL THAT I HAVE.  I
TOTALLY YIELD TO THY EVERLASTING POWER
AND MIGHT.  THINE ART MY ROCK, MY FORTRESS
AND I DEPEND ON THINE PROVIDENCE AND
GREAT MERCY.
THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, FOR YOUR CARE,
FOR YOUR PROTECTION AND FOR YOUR
INCOMPREHENSIBLE LOVE FOR ALL OF US!
THANKS FOR EVERYTHING FOR WITHOUT THEE,
I COULD DO NOTHING. In the most Holy Name of Jesus, Amen.

JESUS CHRIST IS LORD (PHIL 2: 10-11)

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"Ask and it will be given to you" Reflection by Cynthia Abegail


"So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."  (Lk 11: 9-10).


It is one of the Lord's promises!  Ask, but are we persistent in asking the Lord on asking for what we need?  Are we just asking for material things and not for the things that matter in life.


Sometimes, we qualify only material needs as the highest priority in our lives.  On the other hand,  protection, happiness with our family, peace and spiritual growth are more important than those transient things.



Seek the Lord with all your heart and you will see His absolute goodness and mercy.  We may not feel it in an instant, but it will come.  It's a matter of faith!  Believe and God will never fail you.  But it just does not come like magic.  It comes at the most unexpected places and undetermined time.  We may ask why...because God is God!  No one can predict His ways, how can we?  For God's wisdom is beyond understanding.  Seek Him for you may never know, like a good shepherd, God is already seeking you and your soul for many, many years!   Allow Him to find you, even if we are in mud or quagmire, He will raise us up.


How do I know, you may ask!  Because He did it to me!  Praise the Lord forever and ever...In Jesus Name.  Amen.


Cynthia Abegail Bernardo