Posts Tagged ‘Understanding’

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Being a Big Brother in spite of disappointment

November 7, 2011

What follows is a paper Jonathan wrote for his class. Linda and I thought it was cute. I figured if he ever said he didn’t like Jillian because she was annoying him… We could present an online account of how he really feels about his little sister. Enjoy.

“Jillian and my best day Ever!”

By: Jonathan Ekong

I woke up and I heard the tv on and yelled, “Hannah turn it off!” The tv kept on going so I jumped down and out of my bed and went into the living room to see if it was Hannah.

It was not her.  It was my Grandma. “Grandma” I muttered.  “Hey Jonathan” she said.  I asked, “Is mommy in the hospital?” She said, “Yes she is, and she had the baby.”  “Is it a boy or a girl?” I screamed.  My sisters woke up because I screamed so loudly.  My grandma said, “Hey my grand daughters.” “Hi grandma!” responded Hannah, Hailey, and Jocelyn.  Then my grandma said, “I can’t tell you if it is a boy or a girl.”  “Fine I won’t go to the hospital!”, and I stomped hard back into my room and slammed the door hard and locked it so no one could get in.

Then I came out and ate a little breakfast. I was eating breakfast and I was almost finished when my dad opened the door and gave us the keys to the blue van because my grandma’s car is to small for all of us to fit in.  Then my dad hopped into my grandma’s car as I was watching him pull out of the drive way slowly and driving away.

I asked my grandma, “When are we leaving to go to the hospital?” “Right now,” she said. We were in the van going to the hospital.  We were driving right through the rain.  When we go to the hospital we ran inside to the elevator.  “Wee,” all the kids said.  We got to the top floor where my mom was.  We went in and gave my mom a huge hug.  My mom said, “It’s a girl Jonathan, sorry buddy.” I was starting to cry and while I was crying I was thinking this was my last chance to have a brother.

No more kids.  I then took a look at Jillian and it didn’t matter any more.  She was so cute.  I was used to taking care of sisters.  I have three already so I can handle a fourth.  I asked, “Can I hold the baby first please?” “Sure,” my mom said.  Then we took a few pictures and then Hannah, Hailey, Jocelyn and I said, “Bye.” “Bye” our mom said.  Then we left.

The End

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Father’s Day 2011

June 19, 2011

As each year goes by I find I have more and more in common with my Father. This past October my Father turned 70 and in January I turned 35. For whatever reason I never really thought about the time span in our ages. It was not until Friday early morning that this popped in my head. Roughly 8 hours after witnessing the birth of my fifth child Jillian. My dad was just about 35 years of age when he welcomed me into the world.

What I have come to find out is that in very interesting way our lives parallel each other. We both grew up with very strong father figures who equipped us with scriptures and a zest for education. We both married “very” strong willed, God fearing women. We both held church leadership offices shortly before heading to seminary. We both enrolled at Concordia Seminary after other employment.

As I look back over the past 35 years, I see more traits of my father and grandfather in me. Two men with whom God has worked through to spread His ministry. Mannerisms, sayings, and demeanor’s are present in both of us. When I look in the mirror these days, I see an updated version of my father. I would guess that is the wish of most sons… To see his father’s life and hope to emulate him. It is my hope that I can continue to be the father to my children that my father was to my sister and I.

I grew up in what most would call “one of the ghettos of Cleveland.” I am a 35 year old, God fearing, husband of one wife, father of five children, never dabbled in drugs, and not only finished high school, but college and half way through grad school. My grandfathers and more importantly my father set the example for the way to live life.

So, today I stare at the statistics with a triumphant smirk. Acknowledging my role model and my blessing from God; My Father. Happy Father’s Day Rev. Hosea J. Ekong

I believe my sister said it best: Some say that your relationship with your earthly father helps to formulate your first image of God… I am thankful to both of my Fathers for always Protecting, Providing and Supporting me.

It is my desire to pass these lessons on to my children…

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How Great is Our God? Do we really know?

March 4, 2009

Every morning I transport a few Christians of the churches future (aka my children) to school.  Along the ride the kids and I listen to contemporary music so they can sing songs about God.  Well, it just so happens on Monday I switched and put all Chris Tomlin in the cd changer.  He has an album “Live from the Austin Music Hall” that stood out.  I’m always a fan of anyone’s live performances.  Well, track 7 is called “How Great is Our God”.  Towards the end of the song he incorporates “How Great  Thou Art” from the LW 519.  Well, this morning I just felt the need to hit repeat a few times and listen to the words.  Why do you ask?

I have the privileged to be surrounded by very strong Christian folks in my life as well as those that are working on realizing God is calling them to be closer to him.  All that really means is I’m blessed to see the various ways God works through each and everyone of us. I don’t know if God has just opened my eyes to the things happening around me more so than ever before or what, but let me tell you God is one busy bee.  Ask any Christian if their God is Great and without a doubt, the answer will be YES.  Now ask them just how great is their God.  We all can testify and say how much HE has blessed us with family, work, friends, etc.  Or we should be able to….

That leads me to the question do we really know how Great God is?  I could tell you stories of healing, comfort, shelter, guidance, forgiveness, and strength just in my life in the past 4 months.  Do I really know how Great God is?  Do any of us know how Great God is?  I have to be honest I must be underestimating God’s power or there is some sort of disconnect someplace.  I’ll be the first person to say put it in God’s hands and that he is always with us through our trials, tribulations, and transgressions.  And mean it with my whole heart and soul.

I now wonder how it is we short change God’s power.  To deliver a fleeting congregation looking for a pastor, to warm the heart of his lost sheep, to comfort a nation/world in this economic climate, and to raise up those in HIS flock working through them to witness and evangelize the Word to the nations.  We know from stories/teachings in the bible that God can do away with world, prosper a people, and raise up HIS followers to do great things in HIS NAME.  I think the one that stands out to me more so than anything is pointed out in John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. NIV

God is so Great that HE chose to save you/me long before we were blessed to be on this world.  HE loved us so much that he sacrificed HIS own for our sins.  All the blessings I have seen or experienced still pale in comparison to HIS Greatness to save us from eternal damnation. 

How Great is our God? I don’t know if I will ever really know completely.  I do know each second, I experience something new and realize that God has yet again surpassed my understanding of just how great HE is.  For my fellow Christians realize the just How Great God is on a daily basis and don’t hesitate to share HIS greatness with all you come in contact.  God works through us via the Holy Spirit to plant the seeds for HIS lost sheep (those who have strayed and those who don’t yet know of HIM).  Don’t be afraid share God’s love.  There is work to be done. 

My God is Great.