Good morning. It is another day of bright sun here is the pearl of Africa. I am grateful for the breeze that blows between the patio and kitchen door. At home I take for granted my oven, microwave and stove but here I am getting much better at using a stove top only. Pancakes from scratch, no Bisquick mix this morning! They were delicious with my cup of tea and glass of juice while sitting on the patio enjoying the early morning sun. Life is good.

Today is a new national holiday here, just announced last week, so offices, the university and government offices are closed! It is honoring the late Bishop Janani Luwum. Here is a bit about him from one of the local newspapers, The New Vision“In May 1974, Bishop Janani Luwum succeeded his mentor Archbishop Erica Sabiti. Bishop Janani Luwum became the second African Archbishop of the Province of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire; and the second Bishop of Kampala Diocese. On February 16, 1977, Archbishop Janani Luwum was martyred at Nakasero by the regime of President, Gen Idi Amin Dada.”

This country has a deep history of both peace and conflict, of being ruled and self-rule. Two days from now this country will be conducting presidential and high level government elections. This happens once every five years and President Museveni has been in power for the past thirty.

On Sunday, to a packed house, the minister talked about the role of citizens in elections. He did not tell them how to vote but using scripture that they needed to vote and why.

There is uncertainty, even fear regarding the future of this beautiful country, so full of untapped potential. I would like to close with one of the scriptures from Sunday. Please pardon me for changing the words so slightly. I hope you will understand.

“Pray for the peace of Uganda. May all who love this country prosper. O Uganda, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your government, homes and businesses.  This I ask for the sake of all  my friends who live here.  Psalm 122:6-8 TLB (word in italics changed)

May it be so….


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