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Right from the bat, straight off that is, let me throw down the division line. I am a Christian speaker ( the word minister is linked to Government in this part of the world and a dangerous link in a recession!!) who is pro life, that is I want ALL to see the fullness of themselves come into the world and impact others. I am a proper Christian, as you can see I have a beard and everything….

What I want to write about is a little piece called WHY ME?.

When I was just a newly wed, 23 years old and with a wife just gone 21 years old, we sat in a labour ward in the local hospital in Drogheda, Ireland. In the midst of the chaos, the roaring, the goo (I likened it to a scene from Black Hawk Down but let’s move on) my sweat covered wife looked at me with those two pools of pale blue eyes and begged me to answer a question as another push was needed…”Why me, what am I doing here?”.

Now my answer was simple, logical and totally male painted in a colour of black and white “Because you have to be, and you have no choice but to go through with it now. it’s circumstances!” and on my wife pushed to the birth of our first child, a cool kid called Jamie. As our country here, Ireland, is freeing itself from decades of slavery to religion, after decades of near slavery to a foreign power, people are unsure what to do with that freedom especially now the Celtic Tiger has caught a cold and died, and at the moment we are caught in the midst of a debate on legal abortion and churches are gearing themselves to form a response to Govt and trying to influence the law makers to ensure the church standard is imposed on the nation.

This current hot topic got me praying and thinking the other day as I walked and I heard the cry once more of “Why me?” in the whisper of my spirit and I began to think of those who lie in an abortion clinic, alone sometimes and scared, asking the questions to the air, “Why me?”

The answer is not what we have often wrongly tarnished at these girls of ‘Because you are loose or a sinner’ or whatever judge and jury scripture was thrown at them. The answers is the same as the answer I gave my beloved wife…..circumstances.

We, the church, have failed the girl who in the midst of circumstances made a choice and we failed to listen to her “WHY ME?” and were too eager to tell her how to live her life and not listen to the life she is living.

I believe, and I will ask Him someday, that when the woman caught in adultery was brought before Jesus, the crowd wanting to stone her, and Jesus wrote in the sand with his finger. I believe the words He would have written is M  I   N  E. The woman was His, she was in the midst of circumstances, the middle of her choices, surely thinking “WHY ME?” and when she spoke Jesus listened to the life she was living………..

We Christians can as easily stone people today with placards, demonstrations and inflammatory on line comments, but where are we thinking of a God writing the words MINE in the sand? Are we too worried about building laws and not tearing down circumstances to allow the “WHY ME?” girl to stand on the rubble of her circumstances and see the liberty of her potential………………

I do think the life on the unborn child is vital and should be protected, I often wondered have we aborted the child who was to go on and cure cancer, but I am as equally convinced the “WHY ME?” girl or woman is AS VITAL. How many times have we let her be stoned and not looked at her potential and see the writing of the King of the universe say about her  MINE!!!!!!!!

Till next time

Be Love and Be Loved!!

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Rhythm moving, on beachhead groaning;

Unwed love. A discovery!

Blood! Two lives,

now one. But both hearts miss the beat.

No winners!

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Reconciliation… Finding the common ground!.

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As a public speaker, I have the privilege to be able to tease out topics and bring a slant onto that arena of thought with a group of people. I love it and will of course speak for money, mocha or M & M’s depending on the constraints of the organisation or church…. However last night I spoke to a group, the majority of them being in the age group of teens to the mid 20’s range, about the Christian’s mission in life of RECONCILIATION, something we have failed in quite spectacularly in the past.

Reconciliation is only ever built on common ground, on a base that both parties can see as a stable base to build from. For example a husband and wife going through a difficult patch do not need the issue discussed until a solid platform- a joint launch pad, even if it is that just  both love the kids- no matter how hard and deeply buried it is, can be found. Then as that common ground is reconciled and both are joined in one arena of agreement, or perhaps more areas, the elephant in the corner is tackled (not a real one guys..stay with me).

We, the Christian speakers, have been guilty of displaying a stand or view point as a way to reach the world, promoting one cause or another with great passion and taking it on ‘head on’.

This is not reconciliation, it is confrontation.

We were we were called to make a difference, not a point and only by engaging the minds of those who feel alienated by the Christian viewpoint and reconciling on a common ground can we make a difference.

The bible says we all have one Father, that is a pretty strong piece of common ground.

Recently I encountered a promotional organiser for a certain international organisation and they felt it necessary to ‘explain’ why the policy of Pro-Choice and Anti Death Penalty were so correct for the world and that I had an issue with them.( I never said I had an issue, he assumed I had I might add)

Let me first point out, I am not now nor did I then make a leaning on either side of the fence, but as I talked with this guy and found a common ground on his love for humanity, we started to reconcile-bond on a common landscape- and as he laid out his policies, and I, in an often lost concept to Christians  LISTENED and examined HIS policies, he started to find he was unraveling his own view point.

He walked away with some stuff, of his own mind and mouth, to ponder and I walked away having had a eventually jovial conversation and some time reconciling with a fellow human being…

My job is not to sort you or anyone else but to reconcile…….

P.S  They have to be peanut M & M’s.

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