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A nocturnal chat with God!

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This month, I do not wish to offer readers a specialist blog on the MENA region. Marcus Jones & I will tackle some of those hard issues with our MENA Analysis on Thursday evening. Instead, I will share with you today a nocturnal chat with God that helped me replenish my depleted batteries, revive my flagging spirits and cope with my high stress levels. 


"Come in," God said. "So, you would like to talk to me?"

"If you have the time," I said.

God smiled and said: "My time is eternity and is enough to do everything. What questions do you have in mind to ask me?"

"What surprises you most about humankind?"

God answered:

"That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again;

That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health;

That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future;

That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived."

Then, God's hands took mine and we were silent for a while and then I asked:

"As a parent, what are some of life's lessons you want your children to learn?"

God replied with a smile:

"To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. What they can do is to let themselves be loved;

To learn that what is most valuable is not What they have in their lives, but Who they have in their lives;

To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on the basis of comparisons;

To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least;

To learn that it only takes a few short seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them;

To learn to forgive by practising forgiveness;

To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express, share or show their feelings;

To learn that money can buy everything but happiness;

To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally different;

To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them and likes them anyway;

To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves."

I sat there for a while enjoying the moment. I thanked Him for his time and for all that He has done for me. He replied, "Anytime. I'm here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for me, and I'll answer."

Perhaps I should remember that:

People will forget what you said.

People will forget what you did,

But people will never forget how you made them feel.


This chat will not stop me working with the MENA, nor will it make the issues of the region less serious. However, the chat might help me contextualise those events and examine them with a slightly different prism. A prayer for us all!

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