Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Where are you mon ami?


It’s been such a long time since I have heard from you dear C.B. I have been thinking about you so much recently... I hope that you are well and that life is treating you kindly?

Your friend, Dianne xxx

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Passing by soon... please wait. C.B.

dianne said...

I will be here.

Anonymous said...

I was wandering back in 1998 through the Conservatoire d'Art et d'Histoire after having strolled the edge of the Jardins de l'Europe where my mother took me as a child to see the boats out on Lac d'Annecy and to go for a ride on one of the little white wooden pedal horses for children past the parasols lining the waterfront. She would take a round mirror out and and check her makeup, whilst I pedalled up and down showing her how fast I could pedal. I would be brave and go as far away as I could but quickly come back to surprise her as she sat on a bench looking at the view to the mountains on the other side of the lake. The red flowers were in full bloom. The boys were taking out the young girls on the pedalos to go around the lake, kissing like teenagers and quite unaware of the future that lay ahead of them.
https://cdn.tripnbike.com/assets/images/5ae20e43ac46f067732487.jpg

Leaving the Conservatoire d'Art, I passed into the Musée du Film d'animation and stopped to watch a film of Raoul Servais inspired by Paul Delvaux (Papillons de Nuit). There was no one in museum but me and my breathing as I watched. I was conscious of my breathing. Sighing. A feeling of lost nostalgia. I was quite lost. Nothing. I ran my finger along a clear perspex top under which was a motionless blue butterfly. I hoped it might move and I could watch it. I wandered from one dark room to another. One dark corridor later, I was back in the film room with the whirring projector and dancing ladies projected onto the dim wall. I was standing very still.
https://vimeo.com/channels/1297688/157798546

I took a long route returning from the Musée following the small canals of the town back to the old iron Pont des Amours and crossed over to the Jardins again. I sat on a bench. I took a photo of myself with my camera on the ground. I used the self-timer of the camera. There. Maybe someone, one day, will look at it. At me. I got sad suddenly. I was getting older by the moment. I felt foolish. Two young girls rode past on their shiny bicycles and smiled warmly. At me. I think they did. I turned round as they went past. Waiting. Perhaps. One suddenly turned round and smiled again for a brief moment and continued cycling with her friend. I would never see her again in my life. Of course. Unless, it was willed by someone high up. I bit my lower lip. Never brave enough to. Too shy to say a sound. Never to experience more than the dream that emerged from novels and cafe tables. It was about risk. Rather, not taking them, in my case. Turning my face away, the moment a sunbeam flickered through the leaves, trying to warm me. I was there only to watch happiness unfold for others. I wondered then what is love? What is it? And I realized it was a feeling. Toutes mes amitiés. C.B.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubj-2eVPwYA

Anonymous said...

Thái Nguyên province in northeast Vietnam is known for its mountains, rivers and tea plantations. No, Dianne, I haven't been there recently! I was in the northern provinces of the Philippines. I came across Hao Lak by a completely different coincidence. Don't really know her at all but I liked her smile. Smiling is so important in this cynical world of today. I keep having to remind myself. If you liked that song, here's two more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxBY4FZ_xy4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwe4lfeBcjg

Culture and background is so important. I was thinking of travelling around the world last week but they say air travel might be a bit risky for health reasons... I just need some sun so desperately. You have it in NSW when I don't, here in Hampshire. I haven't been to Annecy for such a long time, I can't remember the last time.

I don't know. I'm worried things have changed too much in Haute-Savoie and I will be disappointed. I wish I was more confident about anything. I know it's about taking a risk. But with experience comes mental projecting. Little children don't do it because they are usually experiencing the present for the first time and not re-experiencing or re-living the past all the time. If only we could go back to living the present and stay in it, feeling the present moment, and not thinking "Should I?", "Shouldn't I?" all the time. Have you had some interesting experiences since the last time, when you just spontaneously chose to do something for the fun of it without the feeling of self-consciousness and it was not to do with somebody else's life but your own? A thought. My regards. C.B. (PS: I went to Chawton Library some months back. About 1km from her family house. Deserted rooms upstairs. It was great. Very quiet. Gilbert White's House & Gardens more recently. Lovely. Snowdrops all around the tree trunks. Pink blossom just appearing on the branches.)

dianne said...

Hello dear C.B.
I’m so pleased you saw the post on my blog. It is lovely to hear from you. I was wondering how you were and if you were well and had the injury to your elbow healed? You must be feeling better if you are considering world travel. I would delay any travel at present with this coronavirus spreading worldwide and infecting so many people. It’s a worry.
Yes, there is sun here in fact we have just had the worst Summer. Temperatures well above 45°C, the destructive bushfires and the drought.
Your Springtime is not far away, so you will be able to enjoy the gentle warmth of the sunshine there.
I’m so pleased you saw the Hao Lak song “Fly Away” I posted for you and thank you for the links to the other songs “Darkside” and “Symphony”. How great that you met her. She is young, beautiful and has a sweet voice.
I have been having so many problems with my WiFi reception and access to the Internet, it’s so annoying. I would have replied this morning but I have had no internet. I have also had problems with access to my blog. I don’t know what is happening.
It has been a very sad year so far. Andrew my youngest son collapsed at home on New Years Day and died later on that day in hospital. It was such a shock as he regained consciousness when the ambulance arrived , he was apologising to them for getting them out on a day that would be so busy for them. Typical Andrew, always caring. I did not expect him to be dead when I arrived at the hospital. I thought he would be in A & E not resuscitation. They tried to save him without success. I was allowed to spend quite some time with him afterwards, it didn’t seem real. I kept hoping it wasn’t real. I hope he was aware that I was there for him. I stayed until the the people from the Coroner’s came to collect him. There was a coronial enquiry as it was a sudden death and he was only 39years of age. Such a waste of a beautiful, kind and gentle person. We were great friends as well as Mother and son. He had been living back here since his marriage broke up. I am heartbroken, it is a feeling of sadness that won’t go away. He had died from congestive heart failure.
Please take care my dear friend. I will send this while my internet is working and will reply again later.
Love, Dianne xxx

dianne said...

Such a lovely memory from your childhood. You were a brave littke boy pedalling so far from your Mother. Do they still have white wooden pedal horses there and the pedalos?. Thank you for the image of the Pont des Amours. Annecy is such a beautiful place, the lake is a beautiful colour. Your words painted a wonderful image for me.
I remember you posted Papillons de Nuit on one of your blogs many years ago. It is a strange little film, bare-breasted ladies, butterflies, the man catching the butterfly with his tongue like a frog. Obviously I missed the message of the film. I noticed the lady covered her boot with her fan, I guess ankles were more taboo to see than breasts?
You have had a wonderful and interesting life, far more experiences than I have had. That is partly my fault as I have always tried to remain safe and not take chances. My children came first.
Yes, love and romantic love is a feeling, wanting to share your life, your whole self with another person, completely.
I should have died, not Andrew. He had been very down for weeks, for reasons I cannot discuss here. I think he had lost the will to live, gave up the fight to survive. I’m tired of being in pain, it would be good to rest.
Please take care of yourself. Love, Dianne xxx

Anonymous said...

Dianne, you are not going anywhere yet, my friend. No,no. You, you've got to stay on this earth until Andrew is brought back from his rest. The first thing he will say is, where's mum? I know you will be there.

After healing the sick, blind and lame persons with leprosy, Jesus turned to the crowd and said, “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28)

Even Mary and Martha who lost their young brother Lazarus from illness were well aware of God's promise to bring back to earth all those who had died, some 2000 years ago:

' When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary kept sitting at home. Martha then said to Jesus: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. Yet even now I know that whatever you ask God for, God will give you.” Jesus said to her: “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him: “I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life; and everyone who is living and exercises faith in me will never die at all. Do you believe this?” When Mary arrived where Jesus was and caught sight of him, she fell at his feet and said to him: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he groaned within himself and became troubled. He said: “Where have you laid him?” They said to him: “Lord, come and see.” Jesus gave way to tears. At that the Jews began to say: “See, what affection he had for him!” But some of them said: “Could not this man who opened the eyes of the blind man prevent this one from dying?” Then Jesus, after groaning again within himself, came to the tomb. It was, in fact, a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said: “Take the stone away.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to him: “Lord, by now he must smell, for it has been four days.” Jesus said to her: “Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” So they took the stone away. Then Jesus raised his eyes heavenward and said: “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. True, I knew that you always hear me; but I spoke on account of the crowd standing around, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice: “Lazarus, come out!” The man who had been dead came out with his feet and hands bound with wrappings, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them: “Free him and let him go.” (John 11:17-26, 32-44) '

Dianne, either Lazarus was brought back to life or he wasn’t. Jesus affected this world more than anybody else combined. Few have not heard of him. Even a properly-educated man like the Roman centurion Cornelius was so impressed he decided to become a Christian. Paul, was a Roman citizen, a tent-maker by trade. He wrote 14 books of the Bible. When you read them, you can tell he was educated.

Anonymous said...

Critics scoffed for decades that the man Pontius Pilate never existed and that the Bible story of him is just a load of myth passed down to our day. That is, until the Pilate stone was discovered under an ancient theatre in Israel in 1961, archaeologically dated from the 1st century and specifically mentioning Pontius Pilate by name, a prefect of the Roman province of Judaea from AD 26 to 36 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilate_stone).

But it's important not just to trust and believe in stones before one can believe in God. Faith that he exists is critical as Hebrews 11:6 says, ' Moreover, without faith it is impossible to please God well, for whoever approaches God must believe that he is (or exists) and that he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him. '

As for me, most of my time is now spent sitting with the homeless and showing them a hope for the future from the promises of the Bible. I got re-instated last year as a Jehovah’s Witness after 30 years of being out of it. I am trying to show some gratitude for what God has done for me.

This world can't be fixed by anyone - whether it's about climate change or disease or government or people marching in the streets to initiate change. It's beyond human recovery. It needs its Creator to step in. The Bible says that and so do the Jehovah Witness magazine trolley carts pointing to God’s promises in the Bible as the only solution to the mess we’re in. It took me most of my life to accept that. Like everyone else, I followed my heart through life rather than pay God any real attention.

Get a magazine from one of the Jehovah Witness trolley carts. Check out what it says in the Bible. The Bible is key. The moment you do this, Satan will be on your case and will give you the hardest time imaginable. You may be ridiculed by so-called close friends. Just like I am by my family. You need to expect it. You will hear awful rumours about Jehovah Witnesses, and later you, of the worst things possible which you will be totally innocent of. Why?

Because Satan doesn't want you or anyone else to know the truth from the Bible that Jesus spoke of. He uses religions and politics to keep people confused. Once you have shown Satan you will not be put off, he'll move onto others to work on. So don't give up. Read the Bible daily. Prayer is your best friend. God hears the prayer of those sincere in heart. He will answer in a way you will never expect and reward you generously. You have to trust me on this. But you will be happy and one day realize why we were made to cross paths this way.

God will show you what he can do regarding Andrew very soon. Unbelievable. Impossible. Absolutely, I agree it sounds unbelievable. But that’s why I’m still alive after leaning off a high bridge over the River Thames and about to let go. He used a tramp to stop me killing myself when I was at my lowest. You too were used by God during my later attempts to leave this world of misery.

The last book of the Bible, the book of future prophetic events, Revelation 21:3,4, promises:

' And I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

Un de ces jours, C.B.

Anonymous said...

I just felt panicky. Really worried about you. Don't give up, Dianne. I can feel you. I know you are on your knees at this point in time. Really desperate. Your lowest ever. What you have been through in your life. I suddenly had this feeling you needed help. I just got on my knees a moment ago. For no reason. But that's not really true. There was a reason. You are trying to stay light for me, uplifting. But you are so sad. On your own, of course. I know that feeling, my friend. We both know it well. Don't give up. When you have not an ounce of energy left to even smile at yourself in the mirror, don't give up. Look out of the window and breathe. It's going to be a wonderful paradise soon. As soon as those who are messing the world are gone.

All that you ever wanted, to be loved, to be wanted, to be desired, to make you feel complete - it will happen one day. It's just the now, that's the hardest to bear. I keep reminding myself that God permits things for a good reason, sometimes it’s just too difficult for me to comprehend until later.

I was an very ill child. I missed most of my school years. My mother worried I was not going to get better. All I could see each day when she was out with her trolley basket at the shops was the bright yellow beams of sunshine on the bricks of our next door neighbour's house which was outside my bedroom window. When the sunshine came out and the bricks lightened up, it was like God was smiling on me. That's how my mother explained it to me. Then I would fall asleep during the day again. Tired. Weak. Very ill. I could only hear the children outside my house, playing, laughing. I imagined what it must be like to play. I daydreamed what school might be like. I imagined I was back in the mountains with my mother running through fields of flowers. I developed imagination for beautiful things. Flowers. Squirrels. Butterflies. White clouds rolling slowly past and letting the sunshine flicker through. I imagined it all and felt some consolation from doing so. So, I well know how it feels when the warm reality is not there and the sad reality is what I am left with instead.

Guess what? I don't believe it. Just now. The sunshine, which has been missing now for weeks on end, just lit up my keyboard as I'm typing away with two fingers. There is a beam of warmth from my window. How strange is that? Two long amber-white beams are striped across my keyboard originating from the window ledge. How strange. How warm and lovely. Something good is coming to you. It's a message. It's got to be a message. It's like... I don't know. Someone saying, I'm here too. I can feel like a gentle palm on my brow, fingers gently stroking my hair to one side and comforting me not to worry.

You are very special, my friend. What has he, up there, got for our future? What really is his plan? Are we going to meet one day or something? I just have this feeling that everything exists for a reason. Not just chance. I just don't understand exactly. A feeling of expectation. I know it's not love in the way most people think of. A physical or romantic. It's more about a yearning to co-exist with one's inner person with another person on a very deep level of trust together with a feeling of calm.

Something very good is coming your way, Dianne. It may be a new friend. I feel it may be soon. C.B.

dianne said...

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful messages. Please don’t worry about me, I haven’t given up on life. I have to go on, I have a daughter, son and three grandchildren. My time will come when my body gives up on me.
I’m so sorry you were ill as a child, that’s so very sad. I’m sure your Mother did everything she could to make your life much better and interesting for you. You may have missed out on some schooling but it hasn’t stopped you from being the most educated and intelligent man I know.
I pray that Andrew is in a good place and I do hope to see him again. I’m pleased there was some sunshine and some sunbeams for you. I don’t know that I want a new friend. I am so emotionally and physically empty, I don’t have the strength for the friends I already have. I like to sit still in peace and silence and quiet. Anything else is exhausting.
I’m so pleased that you are doing better.
Thank you again dear friend.
Love, Dianne xxx

Anonymous said...

Yes, I understand Dianne. But that new friend may simply be a bird singing outside your kitchen window. I hope your other older children are keeping well. You cared for them much more than 'he' did, I am quite sure. A credit to you. I remember how you said you had to visit Matthew in hospital. But what you missed out on in terms of love and affection which is needed to make this life bearable because of putting your children first, well, I feel sure something good is coming to you. Someone high up noted it all down. That's not something he would forget. I say this because you helped me too quite unknowingly, unaware of the details of my life. You felt compassion. Empathy. That is so missing in this world. Now today falls the heaviest rain of the week. You could have done with it during your recent heatwaves and resultant bush fires. Strange times we live in, Dianne. But in a way, predicted to happen. My mother would never believe what's happened since her falling asleep. I never thought I would get this far myself. Yet, somehow, both of us are still breathing. Just. The thing to do is to rely on him and stop worrying like the rest of the world does. They will not find any way out from where they have brought themselves. But we must not worry. In time, he'll beckon you to one side and let him sort things out for good. It has to happen. His son tried to tell everyone in advance what will one day happen. They got rid of him. They will try to do the same to those who try to follow what he asked them to tell others. The innocent will be rounded up to be wiped out but the moment they think it's done and dusted, that they have no protection at all, that will be their fatal mistake because the Almighty will act as never before on the behalf of his meek people who declare his glory. Like some of the homeless say to me, "Listen man. We had a nice chat but I'll believe in God when I see him." Of course, everyone else will at that moment! But I want to make sure now that I'm trying to do something tiny but worthwhile so he might consider me on that day and have mercy. It's just a matter of time. The majority of the world has lost all belief in any higher power. Some might turn up to church for a wedding. A funeral. A christening. But really, nothing serious. Nothing is said there to warn people to act now. The Bible says it clearly but religion, nope, most leave people in the dark or talk about their soul popping up to heaven when they die. That would be great news if the Bible actually said that. It doesn't. The ones who passed away are simply asleep, unconscious, unaware at present of anything at all. No suffering. Just awaiting to be brought back to consciousness an awareness. That goodness my mother is not suffering but just asleep. Like Lazarus was. I'll say a prayer for you to give you strength. :-)

dianne said...

Thank you for your kind message dear C.B., you always make me feel better. I love listening to the birds singing early in the morning and again at dusk as they settle in for the night. I see it’s still raining in Hampshire, I hope the sun breaks through the clouds for you later in the day.
We need much more rain here, especially in some of the country areas where they still have drought conditions.
I love the smell of the rain. It is so beneficial for the plants, just one heavy downpour of rain can bring the buds and flowers out on the plants which have been dormant for weeks. Yesterday was a beautiful day, I actually felt some happiness. The sun was shining, the air was fragrant with the scent of the grass, leaves and flowers. It was cooler in the afternoon with that lovely feeling of Autumnal crispness in the air and a soft breeze moving through the keaves. I must look for happiness in nature every day.
Your Mother and my Mother would both be very disappointed with the way that society and the world has deteriorated. Thank you for your words of wisdom and helping the homeless, I’m sure God will consider you on that day of truth and revelations. Please concentrate on those who are more worthy, those who have lost everything, not me.

Matthew requires more abdominal surgery this year, he is not particularly well. My daughter Rebecca is very busy with her family and works too hard. She is presently working at a school caring and assisting students with physical disabilities and mental disorders. She is a caring person.
I’m so pleased that I was of some small help to you back when you were ill. I could feel how down you were, your pain. I was very worried about you. I thought you would get angry with me and tell me to go away and I would never know if your were alright. I’m so pleased you are still here.
Take care dear one. Your friend, Dianne xxx

José Ramón said...

Tu blog siempre fue un buen lugar de encuentro Saludos

dianne said...

Gracias querido José, desearía poder escribir más poesía, pero parece que me falta inspiración. ¿Espero que estés bien?
Saludos cordiales, Dianne x

Anonymous said...

I passed by Somersby Manor this morning and yesterday. Walked at sunrise down the street - deserted. I thought I saw Veronique in the very far distance. I miss you. I am aware always of the tiniest movement of the leaf in case you are here. May the kind Provider of Life grant you much more. So few are aware of him now as he watches us all. Next for this world of knowledge and enlightenment... street fighting to protest the violence of the authorities. The irony is lost. It's sad but predictable. The current crisis is not to be feared but the one coming when all on this earth will stand and declare "Peace and Security". All, except the few who remain silent knowing in advance what will come immediately after this false lie. Since narrow is the road leading to life and few the ones finding it, it might be best to begin a good relationship now in prayer to one's Creator because no one will escape His judgement. For the ones who support and stand as a witness for Him and support only Him, a paradise garden in a beautifully restored earth awaits them where there will be no tears nor pain anymore. Not in heaven as the empire of Christendom claims but here on earth as it was originally designed, for occupation. Not under the cruel rule of man but under God's loving direction and care (Revelation 21:3,4).

“Also, there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth anguish of nations not knowing the way out because of the roaring of the sea and its agitation. People will become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But as these things start to occur, stand up straight and lift up your heads, because your deliverance is getting near.” Luke 21:25-28

https://www.jw.org/en/library/bible/study-bible/books/luke/21/

Take care, dear one. Your heart is precious and He sees all. C.B.

dianne said...


Good morning dear one, it is so lovely to hear from you. I think of you every day but have felt your presence closer in the last few days.
I have missed you too and feel ashamed that I haven’t written to you. I am still here for you. I hope that you are well and taking good care of yourself?
I have really put myself into isolation since Andrew died and this Corona virus pandemic has changed the world.
I wondered if you had visited Winchester Cathedral in Springtime and enjoyed resting on the grass looking up through the leaves at the glistening sunlight?
So lovely that you visited Somersby Manor, I so miss those days of happiness...your words always lifted me up. I wish I had met you in the garden, though it was quite misty and cold here this morning but the sunshine broke through later. There are a few pretty and fragrant flowers in bloom. Sadly nothing as beautiful as English gardens but in my imagination it can be.

This world is a cruel and violent place, or many of the people in it. Cruelty to animals just breaks my heart. One has to look deeper and deeper for the beauty to block out the ugliness ... fortunately I can still find some beauty.
Thank you for thinking of me and my existence in the next life, I know you will be saved because you are such a good person. I feel the world as it is now will come to an end quite soon. I don’t know that I will be saved as I have made many mistakes and wasted so much of the time I was given...I should have applied myself to more valuable and meaningful pursuits.
Please take care dear one, your heart is precious too, precious to me.
Much love, Dianne xx

Anonymous said...

"By this we will know that we originate with the truth, and we will assure our hearts before him regarding whatever our hearts may condemn us in, because God is greater than our hearts and knows all things." (1 John 3:19-20)

Dianne, I really don't think I'm worth saving. I condemn myself before others do. But this verse was read to me when I went back to the Jehovah's Witness meetings last year. A kindly man explained that as far as God was concerned, the past is the past in God's eyes. He is not one to hold grudges or bring up the past. He is happy to wipe the slate clean and puts our past mistakes far in the distance behind him. He promises in the Bible that he will soon step in to put things right on this earth before the animal world, the earth, the environment has been totally destroyed by the selfishness of the human race that has chosen to think independently of God and convinced that they have all the answers. God thinks so vastly differently to most of mankind. This human tendency to have a lack of humility to accept a higher power than ourselves. A power existing silently, watching and waiting to act on behalf on those who put trust in him. It has been a very long time coming. When it is clear that life as we know is about to end forever, God will step in and save those who have been kind, who have been caring to others, who listened to his Son and spoke good news to those without hope. Dianne, you should consider yourself one who has cared much about others, given others encouragement to go on, for it is true. He will soon restore this earth to its former glory when the following will become a reality:

"The wolf will reside for a while with the lamb, And with the young goat the leopard will lie down, And the calf and the lion and the fattened animal will all be together; And a little boy will lead them. The cow and the bear will feed together, And their young will lie down together. The lion will eat straw like the bull. The nursing child will play over the lair of a cobra,
And a weaned child will put his hand over the den of a poisonous snake. They will not cause any harm or any ruin in all my holy mountain, Because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:6-9)

This is about the future. Many animals in the wild do not trust anyone or anything. Their world has been shaken and terrified. But God will one day reassure the animal world that he will restore calm peace to the earth with no more world wars or bombs exploding to scare them. It's up to us to convince the Creator that we want to be part of his plan for the future. It's an open offer at this moment. That offer will finish one day soon and he will be forced to act. The time to think about this is right now. The opposer Satan is keen to convince you, me and everyone else on this earth that God doesn't care about us and this is the reason why he doesn't get involved. The truth is the opposite. God does care very much. Andrew will be back to a paradise earth and everyone else who has died like a young friend of mine who died from Covid19 last month. Jesus Christ promised this himself. He hung out with homeless, the destitute, the blind, the lepers, the sick, the deaf. The miracles were a taster for what he would one day do. Ask your Creator for help and within a day, you will get a knock on your door. Trust me. It happened to me and it was no coincidence that it was a Jehovah's Witness. C.B.

dianne said...

My dear one I cannot imagine why you would think that you would not be one of the chosen people to live on this Earth in the Paradise it will be returned to. You believe in Jesus Christ and God, you are kind and generous, you help the homeless, sick and poor. You say that our sins will be forgiven and the slate will be wiped clean, so surely you will be forgiven for any mistakes you have made and I doubt there are many. Please don’t condemn yourself, for if anyone deserves a second chance at life it is you. I sure you were there to comfort your young friend who died of COVID 19 without any regard for your own safety. I would love to live in a world where there is no cruelty to animals by the hands of ignorant humans. Just watching the news and seeing a poor cow beaten to the floor into submission by four cruel men so that she could be killed for meat. The cruel practice of dancing bears with chains drilled through their noses and the cruel practice of locking a bear in a small cage for life and draining its bile for Chinese medicine and aphrodisiacs. It just makes my heart ache to think of their suffering. I could go on and on about the cruelty animals suffer, they are sentient beings too. I try to do my small bit to help as a member of the World Wildlife Fund and other animal welfare charities...but it’s not enough, it will never be enough. Also innocent children starving and dying from disease in third world countries, its wrong. Women being beaten and treated as slaves and shocking medical procedures performed on them is wrong too. Women being treated in some cultures as objects, possessions with no free will, it is wrong too. Yes, I would love to live in a world without all of this cruelty.
Sorry, I’m on my soapbox again but I feel very strongly about these injustices.
Please take care dear one and believe in yourself.
Much love, your friend Dianne xxx

Elia said...

Hugs from Spain, dear Dianne ^^

dianne said...

Hola querida amiga Elia!
gracias por tus abrazos!
Espero que estés bien y que tu vida sea mucho mejor ahora después de la tragedia de perder tu hogar y tus pertenencias. ¿Espero que hayas podido reconstruir tu vida y tu hogar?
Enviando amor y abrazos!
Tu amiga Dianne ^^
Besos

José Ramón said...

Pase a visitarte y desearte una buena semana que disfrutes plenamente Saludos

JUAN FUENTES said...

Amiga Diana la muerte siempre nos deja una tristeza muy grande que a veces no podemos soportar.

Anonymous said...

Dear Dianne

For those who have recently lost loved ones in death, there is the positive Bible hope that all those who have died in the past will, because of Jesus Christ's sacrificial death, have a chance to be brought to life again back on earth one day as Acts 24:15 emphasizes, "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." It's clear that God would not resurrect unrighteous ones to heaven, so this resurrection must be a resurrection back to earth of ALL those who have died - both righteous and unrighteous.

This is confirmed by another scripture, where after performing many miracles, Jesus said, "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which ALL those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment."

It's true that the earth has been ruined by mankind and we can see the effects of climate change right now. In fact, the Bible prophesied that God would act as Revelation 11:18 points out, "But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth."

Jesus himself described what will happen in the last days, shortly before God acts, "Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs." Luke 21:10,11.

We have seen all these things happen and also, recently, the effects of climate change caused by mankind. The good news is that Jesus Christ said, when these things occur, we should not get downhearted but remain positive whilst we wait for God to act on behalf of right-hearted ones who fully trust him to finally bring justice and peace to mankind as he also originally intended for the first human couple, Adam and Eve, before they turned away from him to do things their way and start off the whole awful history of independence from God and the results that occurred by mankind's living distant from God.

In Luke 21:28, Jesus gave the following advice to his followers, "But as these things start to occur, stand up straight and lift up your heads, because your deliverance is getting near."

We should therefore not get downhearted but in earnest prayer to our Creator, Jehovah God, ask for the endurance needed to get through these difficult times we are currently living through until God decides to act and restore the earth to the beautiful paradise it once was. Mankind has proved it can't do it. It's time to remember why Jesus came to this earth and gave up his life to encourage us to return to God in faith and trust and believe that he alone has the power to bring the necessary changes to this earth.

I think of you often over in NSW and you are often in my prayers, Dianne. Don't give up or lose heart. Having returned to Jehovah's Witnesses, I remember the memorial of Christ's death at this time of the year which, this year, will be after sunset on Saturday, 27 March. If you want to listen to the 1 hour memorial Bible talk on Zoom, you can get the Zoom ID and Password by leaving your name and contact number on the web page below and someone will get back to you with the logon details. You'll be under no obligation afterwards to continue, if you don't wish to. If you want to study the Bible further, you will have to ask the person who contacts you because Jehovah's Witnesses certainly don't "convert people" as many claim but will, of course, help anyone to study the Bible if and when asked.

Take care, my friend.
Christian Love, Rod.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dianne

Using the 'Find a location near you' button on the website https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/memorial/, I found 2 locations near Somersby but because of the pandemic, the talk will be online this year on Zoom. The free 'Zoom Client for Meetings' can be downloaded here: 'https://zoom.us/download'. For those who haven't got a computer or internet, the person you ring can give you the option of a freephone telephone number to ring and listen in to. You only need to ask.

Memorial Observance - English
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Tuggerah - NSW
7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Phone: 02 4329 7536

Memorial Observance - English
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Gosford - NSW
6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Phone: 02 43 24 6802

Have a lovely day, Dianne. Things will be wonderful very soon, I am absolutely sure now, after all that's happened in our lives. God really cares for both of us.
Your friend, Rod.