Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORY Powerful Prayers

 

Powerful Prayers

Kim and Ray were very close companions. They were neighbours, classmates at school, and later, colleagues at work.

One day, they decided to go on a sea voyage to explore strange lands. They began their voyage in a cruise ship, and travelled far and wide. However, in the course of their trip, the weather turned very destructive. The ship was wrecked in the middle of the ocean. Most of the passengers were killed, but Kim and Ray could swim to a nearby island.

The island was deserted; not even a tree was there. Kim and Ray realized that they could not survive on the island without divine intervention. They decided to pray to God. They wanted to see whose prayer would be more powerful. Kim moved to the eastern tip of the island, knelt down and began to pray there. Ray went to the western tip of the island and prayed there.

Kim prayed to God to give him food to survive. Surprisingly, he got a pile of food, fruits and vegetables on the sea shore. After two days, he requested for a beautiful girl as his wife, as he was feeling very lonely on the island. In a few hours, there was a ship wreck near the island and a lone survivor; a beautiful girl. Kim married the girl. Whatever Kim prayed for, was granted to him.

Almost a month after the ship wreck, Kim decided to move back to his hometown. He prayed to God to send him a ship to take him home. Sure enough, there came a ship to take Kim and his wife home. As the couple was about to enter the ship, Kim heard someone speak to him. It was just a voice. “Are you going alone, leaving your companion of life here?”

Kim was surprised, “May I know who is this and whom you are referring to? I have my wife with me!” The voice said, “I’m the one to whom you offered your prayers, whom you requested to save your life, and whom you requested food and shelter and of course, a wife!” Kim knelt down in awe and said, “Thank you God!” Then Kim remembered about Ray, whom he had forgotten all this time. He was overcome with guilt.

God said to him, “I was not answering your prayers. I was only fulfilling Ray’s prayers. He prayed for only one thing! He said ‘Please fulfil all of Kim’s prayers’. That was his only prayer.” Kim was in tears and rushed to the other side of the island. He realized that he had not even thought about his best friend Ray, and was happily enjoying his own life.

He could not find Ray there. He asked God, “Where is Ray?” God replied, “I took him with me. The man with the golden heart should be with me! But I will fulfil all your prayers as I promised him to do so!” Kim was completely broken. He realized why his friend’s prayers were more powerful. It was because Ray’s prayers were totally selfless. Moral: Selflessness is the highest form of prayer. From http://www.kidsworldfun.com.

 

RIDDLES

The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?

 

What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs?

 

David's father has three sons: Snap, Crackle and?

 

Tall I am young, short I am old, while with life I glow, wind is my foe. What am I?

 

I am not alive, but I grow; I don't have lungs, but I need air; I don't have a mouth, but water kills me. What am I?

 

What is more useful when it is broken?

 

Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain on Earth?

 

Answers

1.       Footsteps 2. A penny 3. David 4. A candles 5. Fire 6. An egg 7. Mount Everest

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know crocodiles are colour blind?

 

Did you know grasshoppers have white blood?

 

Did you know blue and white are the most common school colours?

 

Did you know spiders have transparent blood?

 

Did you know mosquitoes prefer children to adults and blondes to brunettes?

 

KIDS AND HEALTH

What is earwax?

It's sticky. It's shiny. But what is earwax, anyway — and where does it come from?

Earwax is made in the outer ear canal. This is the area between the fleshy part of the ear on the outside of your head (the part you can see) and the middle ear. The skin in the outer ear canal has special glands that produce earwax. The fancy name for this waxy stuff is cerumen (say: suh-ROO-mun).

After the wax is produced, it slowly makes its way through the outer ear canal to the opening of the ear. Then it either falls out or is removed when you wash. In most people, the outer ear canal makes earwax all the time, so the canal always has enough wax in it.

So why do we need wax? Earwax has several important jobs. First, it protects and moisturizes the skin of ear canal, preventing dry, itchy ears. Second, it contains special chemicals that fight off infections that could hurt the skin inside the ear canal. Finally, it acts as a shield between the outside world and the eardrum. When dust, dirt, and other things enter your ear, the earwax traps them so they can't travel any further.

If you want to get rid of earwax, here's what you need to do: nothing! Most kids don't need to do anything special to remove earwax. If you wash your hair regularly, this is enough to keep your ears clean.

You can wipe the outside of your ear with a washcloth but don't use a cotton swab, your finger, or anything else to poke around inside your ear to remove earwax. Your ear canal and eardrum are very delicate, and you may hurt them or cause bleeding by trying to get rid of wax this way. Poking around in your ear can also push and pack the wax in further.

In some kids, one or both ear canals make extra earwax. If this sounds like you, tell an adult. Doctors often can prescribe special medicines that are placed in the ear to get rid of extra wax. From https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/earwax.

 

QUIZ

1.       How many colours are there in Nigeria’s national flag?

 

2.       When does Nigeria celebrate its independence day?

 

3.       Where does a hen live?

 

4.       Which organ is used to taste food?

 

5.       A baby cat is called?

 

Answers

1. Two 2. October,1 3. In a pen 4. The tongue 5. Kitten 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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