Dare To Desire.


The man was lying curled up in the sun, like a pile of rags thrown there by accident. The man barely looked like a human, but those who crossed the door to get in and out of Jerusalem recognized him. As far as they can remember, this place was his. He was crippled, dropped off there every morning by a member of his family, and picked at the end of the day.

Since years, the pool of Bethesda was a real human museum: the lame, the blind, the deaf, the lepers, and so on, met there, as rumour claimed that an angel would sometimes stir the waters (nobody knew exactly when) and the first patient to get in was cured. A sort of lottery. And like all lotteries, desperate hope for a miracle. So in theory, the man was not alone.

But as no one had really spoken to him, long ago, he first thought the question was for someone else. Squinting into the sun, he did not recognize the face leaning over him. The cripple then asked him to repeat his question, perhaps he had misunderstood. If the voice was soft, the question seemed harsh, even cruel, “do you want to be healthy?” (John 5:1-9)

“What kind of question is that? What other purpose could I have spending every day of the last thirty-eight years lying here? He mocks me.” The man was accustomed to ridicule and suffered a lot of harassment. However, his vision was adjusted to the light, he could identified his interlocutor, and his eyes too. There was no trace of mockery in him. Obviously, this man takes his question seriously and expects an answer: “What do you want?”. Who would dare ask such a shocking question? JESUS! Obviously this man wanted to be healed. Not need to be God.

Really? Like most questions asked by Jesus, this one had a greater purpose than it seemed. Of course, Jesus knew the answer, but what about the man did he know It? All his life had been shaped by suffering. Every day, he had wanted only one thing. No question of wealth. No question of celebrity. NO,  this man’s life was summed up in a simple but inaccessible DESIRE: WALK!  So he was at this place for thirty-eight years, hoping to hit the jackpot.

Since when did he start to get discouraged? How long can we maintain our desire when disappointment is perpetual? Some resist longer than others, but ultimately, we all reach a state of resignation, cynicism or bitterness. Over the years, this man, as some of us, lost all vital link with the desire of his heart. He had given up his desire.

Asking him what he wanted, Jesus  brought him into the secret of his own heart, to his deepest desire. Why? Because the desire must be our destination if we want to meet God.

It may be surprising, but Christianity is not an invitation to morality, or a program to conform to our society or to reform it. Christianity, essentially, begins with an invitation to desire. It has a powerful effect on our lives, but this transformation always start in your HEART!

“WHAT DO YOU WANT?”

Love In Pink!


I remember all those Valentine’s days we celebrated together with my Marc. Each celebration was something different, but always retained the magic of this special day!

The most memorable Valentine’s Day was in 2010 when we were in Burkina Faso (West Africa). That morning, February 14, 2010, we discovered our courtyard covered of pink flowers. It was magical even for our children (I mean two of them: Dara and Michael)

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This year, our Valentine’s celebration will be magical as well: snow-covered, with -5°C to -10°C according to Edmonton weather’s broadcast. It will also be special because my husband has to work that day from 5 pm to 1 am. Do you follow me, if our love does not keep his magic every day, what different will make a Valentine’s Day celebration?

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Let’s be positive: if I can not get magic of love this February 14, 2014 between 5 pm and 1 am, my heart is still full of love to share with those around me who lack it everyday. Come on, you, all my friends and our Adventure fellows, Happy Valentine’s Day! We love you!

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“We can not do anything for you…”


“Sorry, but we can’t do anything for you …”

That’s what two doctors told me last weekend when I went twice to the emergency for chest pain, difficulty breathing when I sit or lie down. A new symptom of the disorder of my immune system.

I confess that at that moment, listening to the demoralizing verdict of the doctors, I thought: here are two people who have spent years in medical school, obtained specializations and qualifications with names that are often hard to pronounce ,  saying they can do nothing against this intolerable pain. They add that the pain will not go away before days or even weeks!

That confirms the limitations of the human, despite his knowledge and qualifications. Ultimately, only God, my creator can DO EVERYTHING , because, in him the word impossible does not exist! So, on our way to home, in tears, Marc and I  prayed to God again.

Dear friends, I’m much better today thanks to the Lord and your prayers, THANK YOU!

We would like to share this with you because when all is well in our dream land, we do not hesitate to share with you and give glory to God. Also, in time of trial, we want to keep the same attitude:  glorify Him, 47295-ExcellentQuotations.com-Author-Unknown keep the faith and trust in our Heavenly Father!