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hope

Hope is what keeps you going

Hope is what you cling to when all things seem to be falling apart. When dark clouds surround everywhere around you, hope is the only light the shines through it all. It may seem small and meaningless, but when we keep hoping in the face of daunting challenges, our heart is made stronger.

Some years ago, I lost my Dad and it was one of the darkest moments of my life. It was a huge blow because Dad was like a pillar to me. He was a mentor, a friend, and an ever-present companion whenever I needed someone to talk to.

I had to adjust to the reality of life when things became tough after his demise. The one single thing that kept me going, was the hope that there was surely going to be light at the end of the tunnel. It was something that strengthened me even when everyone I was looking up to had abandoned me.

Things were so bad, that I literarily struggled all through my university program, as I had to sponsor myself. The pain of going through the journey was made worse when Mum died years later. It was painful seeing her go the way she went after years of battling several ailments.

Her death created a huge void in my heart. The void was so deep, that I cried bitterly the day I was informed of her demise. Amid the pain and distress, I refuse to give in to discouragement. In my life experience, I have come to discover that hope is what had held the fragments of my life together.

Hope made me see some ray of lights despite all the darkness that kept flooding my pathway. It kept me going when I should have given up. I held on when others felt I should have let go. It was never a pleasant experience.

Some days were so hard that I found it difficult to rise from my bed. The desire to fight was gradually waning and dwindling with each passing day. Some nights, I cried and remembered the last words of my Dad. They were words of hope and courage: “No matter what it takes, always aspire to the very top in all you do”.

He was lying on his sickbed, but he never stopped encouraging me, even when he knew he had a few months to live. The look on his eyes was that of a loving father who so much desired the best for his son. A father who sacrificed all he had to ensure one lived a better life.

Today, I look back and my heart is overwhelmed with joy. The joy of knowing that hope kept me in the path that few mortals walked. A path that was rough, windy but full of amazing tales that have inspired me to keep pushing and never give up.

prayers

Some funny prayers can still receive urgent answers

Prayers are usually our ways of expressing our heart feeling to the creator in times of appreciation or need. And so it was some years ago on a cold windy Saturday night. I joined the youths for a rally within the small sleepy town called Mereje. It was time to go home and we all walked home happily after a successful rally. In the company was my best friend Tonia. An amazing friend she was to me. Black, beautiful and gracious in beauty and character.

As we made our way home, she called me aside and slipped a small parcel into my hands. It was a touch of class and love. I could barely resist the temptation of opening the parcel before I got home, but I had to stop myself from doing that knowing the fact that others were watching. It was the longest 30 minutes of my entire life.

Finally got home and as soon as I got into my room, I tore the parcel open and wrapped within the parcel was a beautifully designed wristwatch and an envelope. I gently tore the envelope and folded inside was a pink hand-made card. It was so beautiful that my heart raced a degree high as I opened it.

Written in the most elegant handwriting were the loving thoughts of my friend Tonia. I sat on my bed and read line after line. It was like she was sitting next to me. The message within the card echoed through my small room.

‘Hi Clement

Treasures are hard to find

But they are worth the pain

True friends are rare to come across

They not only bring joy, happiness, and fulfillment

But also inspire us to greatness

More than a treasure you are to me, and like a true friend, you have been one of the reasons why I wake up daily.

Added sunshine to my life and have shown me through your simple, humble, and loving affection that there are still good people out there.

I love your warm and gentle spirit

Tonia.

It took me a while to get myself together, before looking at the beautiful wristwatch she wrapped inside the package. It was a silver wristwatch that came with a unique alarm system. The alarm sound was that of a rooster crowing.

The following weekend, we had a camp meeting and I took my precious wristwatch along with me. Unfortunately, I set the alarm wrongly. Rather than set it at 6 am, I mistakenly set it at 1 am. We had all fallen asleep when suddenly in the middle of the night, a mysterious sound pierced the serene atmosphere. It was the sound of a rooster crowing, and the sound was coming from a bag in one of the tents.

Rachel, one of the most pious sisters in our midst burst in prayers. She prayed with all her strength against any evil attack and demonic powers. I had woken up and listened quietly to the prayers. I knew what the sound was all about because it was coming from my wristwatch.

Two minutes after Rachel prayers had gathered momentum, the rooster stopped crowing. She started thanking God for answers to her prayers and others around joined her. I was engrossed in secret laughter, as I was wondering how it would sound telling them it was not Rachel’s prayers that stopped the rooster from crowing. It would be a blow to her inspired spirit if I had told her it was my wristwatch alarm system that triggered the strange sound.

All I could remember was that she was happy to see her prayers answered, and I happy to see her funny prayers receive instant answers. It was a lesson I’ll never forget in a hurry. We all look at life differently, depending on which side of the divide we stand. There are things we take for granted, but others hold on to them because their dreams and goals depend largely on them

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