Why I pray by C Fred Alford


Why I pray


.  On the one hand, when I look around the world and see so much suffering and misery, I can only believe in the God of Job.  The God who created the universe out of formless matter (not ex nihilo; that’s Genesis not Job), not for our satisfaction, but for His.  Or as the liberation theologian Gustavo Gutiérrez puts it about the God of Job,

the speeches of God have brought home the fact that human beings are not the center of the universe and that not everything has been made for their service (p. 74)

Along with many theologians, I hold that Job 42:10-17 was an addition by later redactors to encourage the faithful.  The Book ends with Job despising himself for his arrogance in questioning God, not with God rewarding his faith


IMGoldarmSorry,dear,I need to polish my laptop tonight
I have to wash my briefcase as the cat has had kittens in it
Why has the cat no basket?It hates shopping
I have to fill my 20  pens before the Conference pears come out
I   have to  collect my tranquillers from  the late night Pharmacy and  pick up a  tart  or two.And some bacon.I know we can’t eat but I like the smell of frying.
Yes,let’s get a  divorce.But we’ll have to ave up for it for 10 years
You are  mad because of the pain.So am I.
You have a very hot temper.Maybe you are a weapon of man destruction
When I feel enraged I clean the kitchen.
Don’t you feel I am listening?
I can feel  you but not  yout voice
Please turn off the TV.We don’t need any more drama.
Give me the remote,please.Why,can’t I press its buttons?
I want the remote.Buy your own.Rent one ot steal one
He  is the man of mass infection.All the dead are in heaven and on earth it’s hell
Don’t keep watching me all the time.I am not a laptop dancer.
I like going to bed but  it’s a sin.That makes it even better.
Why are all the children screaming Mum
Is a comma  missing?
I like nonsense if I can misunderstand it at night

What are proverbs?

My tidy home




Proverbs play very important roles in different types of literary works. The most important function of proverbs is to teach and educate the audience. They often contain expert advice, with a role for educating the readers on what they may face if they do something. Hence, proverbs play a didactic role, as they play a universal role in teaching wisdom and sagacity to the common people. Since proverbs are usually metaphorical and indirect, they allow writers to express their messages in a less harsh way.




Proverbs in Literature

Example #1: Things Fall Apart (By Chinua Achebe)

“If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings.”

Meaning: If you remove the dirt of your ancestors, you can have a better future. Everyone can build his or her own fame.

“A toad does not run in the daytime for nothing.”

Meaning: Everything happens for a reason, and for something, not for nothingness.

“A child’s fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which its mother puts into its palm.”

Meaning: Children who obey their mothers are not punished.

Example #2: Romeo and Juliet (By William Shakespeare)

“The weakest goes to the wall.”

Meaning: Weak people are never favored.

In a tilted glass

The kaleidescope is  shaken,something moves
Like the height of water in a tilted glass
The beast approaches shuffling off its groove

By poetry we cannot ever prove
We hope for Evocation  like the Mass
The kaleidescope is  shaken,something moves

We forget how culture used to soothe
 The  days of Lent  and then the Friday Fast
The beast approaches shuffling past its groove

Here is Christ, Messiah,King of Jews
Here arrive the endangered and the mad
Are we shaken, are we even moved?

God or Satan, who do you think we choose?
Two heads on one coin, we have  been  had?
The beast approaches shuffling  through the Louvre

The language is too violent,Precious Blood
Better play it softer  or we flood
The kaleidescope is  shaken, let’s be brave
The beast approaches shuffling from its cave






A contradiction  felt outside
The  sun, the wind, a barbed wire  blade
It marks my   flesh ; I run to hide

We ignore context and a guide
We live on earth not in a   glade
A contradiction ,stealth as crime

The background alters all we find
The picture frame, the pins. the shades
This marks my  heart;I long to hide

All bear suffering in the mind
So our being alters shape
Adds  paradox  to  paradigm

New creation,crucified
From the Cross  the man is draped
Our hearts bleed  or do I lie?

All unmeasured by a tape
Can we find the will to make
From contradiction   our own guide
Life marks  the flesh, love haunts disguised