wordsout by godfrey rust
The sailing of the ark  < 40 of 45


Our African friend Kenneth says
his church depends on spiritual power

because they've no money for medicines.
Our sceptical analysis is nothing more

than the reasoning of the rich, who have placed
their faith in the NHS and BUPA

to insure against such acts of God.
These healings are

like early blossom of a coming summer:
this is his nursing love, to ease

the symptoms of a dying world, where health
is a mercy and not a right; and where although

the antidote was given long ago, it still appears
sin's virulence must run its bloody course.

Our African friend Kenneth Ononeze is pastor of the Winners Celebration Chapel in Jos, Nigeria. All income from the sales of my books and albums since about 2000 has gone to support the building of a new church and two schools there.

health is a mercy and not a right I got this phrase from Dr Tim Billington in conversation with him in Southampton.