I Dare You Not To Cry For 2015

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The year 2015 is almost over but I would be an ungrateful fool not to give Glory to who Glory is due. It has been an amazing year, if not for anything but for the fact that I am alive to type this message to you. It has been a year of untimely deaths, a year of ISIS strikes, a year of Boko Haram killings, a year of political assassinations, a year of ghastly accidents on the road, on air and even on sea. The year a dear friend passed on after a long battle with Sickle Cell Anaemia aged just 24, the same year many BBM contacts put up pictures of beloved friends and family members who passed on. This is the same year a Gubernatorial candidate of a state in Nigeria died just as he was about to be declared winner of the election he contested. In all, you and I are still alive not because we are the holiest lot, or because we are better than those that died, but just because God’s grace and mercy has stood by us through thick and thin.

We might not be where we desired at the state of the year but my brothers and sisters only those that have breathe can make plans for the future. I want you to sit back and count your blessings one by one. For those that graduated this year, count your blessings (for if you read the news, you would have seen stories of undergraduates who cultists, sickness or police brutality killed). For those who entered service or finished service, count your blessings (for many corpers gave up the ghost during their service year). For those that got married, count your blessings (a young woman due to get married the following week died in the Paris attacks). For those that are seeking employment, count your blessings (I am sure you are aware that dead people don’t look for jobs).

In ALL things my people, give thanks. For the Christians amongst us, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “In all things give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” For the Muslims, Quran 39:66 (Khan translation) says “worship Allah (Alone and none else), and be among the grateful”. Both scriptures didn’t specify the conditions to which we should be grateful. It didn’t say we should be grateful only when things are going well for us, or only when we have good jobs, or only when we achieve our heart desires. The Bible scripture specifically said, “in ALL things, give thanks”. All means no exceptions my brother and sister.

I don’t know about you but I have looked back at this year and its another proof that God exists (for those doubting) and no song encapsulates my gratitude to God that Sinach’s song “Great Art You Lord”. Below are the lyrics of the song:

 

Holy Holy, God almighty
It’s a privilege to worship You
Maker of all universe
It’s an honour just to stand before You

With a grateful heart I lift my hands to You
Proclaiming Lord You reign
With a grateful heart I lift my hands to You
Proclaiming Lord You reign

Great are You lord
Greatly to be praised
Greatly to be praised
Father You reign

Great are You Lord
Great are You Lord
Great are You Lord
Great are You Lord

I dare you to enter a secret place, don’t even kneel down, just sit on your bed or on a chair, put your earphones in your ears, close your eyes and listen to this song while counting the blessings of 2015 and see if tears won’t flow down your eyes. I tried it and I can’t keep a dry face and I dare you to try it and mean it. Click HERE to download the song and click HERE to download the video. God is GOOD people, see you in 2016.

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