Our Daily Manna 12 October 2021
TOPIC: LESSONS FROM ANGELA MERKEL’S EASTER APOLOGY
BASIC SCRIPTURE: PROVERBS 15: 1-9
15 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
Our Daily Manna 12 October 2021
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Angela Merkel is the immediate past Chancellor of Germany. She left office in a blaze of glory in April 2021 after leading Germany’s population of 80 million people for 18 good years. During the 18 years in office of this Chemical Physicist, records show that she had led this most powerful nation in Europe “with competence, skill, dedication and sincerity. She did not utter nonsense. She did not appear in the alleys of Berlin to be photographed”. The Germans referred to her as The Lady of the World.” She was described as the equivalent of 6 million men. As the world continues to battle the fire of the corona virus, it was important for Germany to take a decision during Easter 2021. Angela Merkel decided to make plans for a strict lockdown over the Easter holidays. Under the plans, all shops and businesses were expected to be closed on Thursday before Good Friday to Easter Monday. People would have been were urged to remain at home. Supermarkets and groceries were to be permitted to open for only one day on Saturday so that people could stock up provisions. Our Daily Manna 12 October 2021 – LESSONS FROM ANGELA MERKEL’S EASTER APOLOGY
Churches were urged to cancel services, the Jewish community was requested not to gather to mark Passover, and Muslims were asked to cancel Friday prayers. In the early hours of Tuesday morning of that week, the German Chancellor forced the plans through after storming out of a 12-hour talk with regional leaders, accusing them of not taking the threat from the new virus variants seriously enough. The Easter shutdown plans were however met with immediate resistance. The German Retail Association warned that they would drive up infections by forcing everyone to shop for food on the same day, and epidemiologısts said the break was too short to have any lasting effect on infections. Mrs Merkel’s party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), was not happy and did not support the decision. Senior ministers in her cabinet were equally opposed to the idea of the lockdown. One CDU backbencher said he as no longer prepared to Support the government in a confidence vote. Another furious member of parliament (MP) said, “We are about to ruin our economy and culture.” Yet another MP described the plans as a “declaration of surrender to the virus. The interior minister pointedly announced that his ministry did not support the call to cancel Easter services. As the criticisms grew, Mrs Merkel made a U-turn. She decided to take personal responsibility for the mistake. She announced, “The idea of an Easter shutdown was created with the best of intentions. This mistake is my mistake alone.” She added that the plan had been hasty and could not be implemented in such a short time. She apologized. The idea of an apology or saying ‘sorry’ is too big for some people. Some men cannot apologize to their wives when they are wrong, and vice versa. Some others even feel too big to reverse a decision that is obviously wrong. Apology is a mark of humility and sincerity. Today’s Word tells us that a soft answer turns away anger and a wholesome tongue is a tree of life. When wrong, learn to say you are sorry. Take a cue from Angela Merkel. Our Daily Manna 12 October 20 – LESSONS FROM ANGELA MERKEL’S EASTER APOLOGY
PRAYER POINTS: Take any song of adoration as led now.
- Repent from any attitude in you that is not in tandem with the Word of God.
- Oh God, help me to be sincerely sorry when I am wrong.
- Ask for the grace for humility. Pray for brokenness.
Our Daily Manna 12 October 2021 – LESSONS FROM ANGELA MERKEL’S EASTER APOLOGY