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John Laurinaitis is now General Manager of both Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown.  Not surprisingly he has started to abuse his power.  He offered Teddy Long a job then threatened to suspend his grandchildren education fund if he did not accept.  That is sinking a bit low.  Mess with the man all you want but when it comes to children’s education, you don’t mess with that.  He should be ashamed he even said that for the world to hear.  He is talking about people power, giving the people what they want but what he is displaying is Johnny’s power, getting even with the  people who supported Teddy Long.

He has already threatened C M Punk and tonight R Truth was his first victim on Friday Night Smackdown when he was placed in a handicap match with David Otunga and the world’s strongest man Mark Henry.  I do hope good sense will prevail and he will focus more on pleasing the people rather than pleasing himself.

Randy Orton redeemed himself after his loss at Wrestlemania by beating Kane in a No Disqualification Match.  It was a tough fight going back and forth but in the end Randy managed to pull off a RKO which won him the match.  No doubt Kane is going to want to return the favor.  We are going to see how this one goes.

Tonight Daniel Bryan displayed to the world that he really is a jerk.  I am not surprised that he blames AJ for his loss at Wrestlemania, sharing none of the blame himself.  As far as he was concerned it was all her fault. If he had won he of course would have taken full credit.  It comes as no surprise also that he would publicly humiliate her by dumping her in public, he never did care much about her in the first place, but calling her dead weight and shouting at her to get out of his ring?  That was taking it a bit far.

Big Show continued his winning streak by defeating Heath Slater.  He attempted a cat and mouse game with with Cody, however Cody got away.   Alberto De Rio returned to Friday Night Smackdown and was able to manipulated his way into winning the match causing Sheamus to lose his temper and attack the referee.  This of course will not go down well for Sheamus.

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ON WINGS OF HOPE

Today is Good Friday, a day we celebrate in remembrance of Christdying on the cross to wipe away our sins and give us the hope of everlasting life.  As a young child growing up in the Catholic Church I had heard the Crucifixion story over and over again but I never really got the full understanding, or maybe I never paid much attention until I was about ten or eleven years old and read about it in St. Matthew.

Back then I was a very ardent reader and one Saturday not being able to find a book I had not already read, I picked up the bible and began reading St Matthew.  I read about Mary becoming pregnant with the young child, the birth of Jesus and how he grew up in Nazareth.  What I found fascinating was when Jesus began teaching and healing…

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Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, a day we celebrate in remembrance of Christ dying on the cross to wipe away our sins and give us the hope of everlasting life.  As a young child growing up in the Catholic Church I had heard the Crucifixion story over and over again but I never really got the full understanding, or maybe I never paid much attention until I was about ten or eleven years old and read about it in St. Matthew.

Back then I was a very ardent reader and one Saturday not being able to find a book I had not already read, I picked up the bible and began reading St Matthew.  I read about Mary becoming pregnant with the young child, the birth of Jesus and how he grew up in Nazareth.  What I found fascinating was when Jesus began teaching and healing.  He was healing the sick, making the blind see, the deaf  hear and the lame walk.  I thought this is really a good person, He is doing all these great things!

When Jesus began to speaking of His death, I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to betray Him or kill such a good person.  I remember the part where He went into the Garden Of Gethsemane to pray and the disciples kept falling asleep and I kept thinking, He is always there for them and now when He needs them, they can’t stay awake.

I remember how Judas betrayed Him and how Peter denied Him three times,  just as He had predicted.  When they brought Him before Pilate, he could find nothing wrong with Him and I thought, surely they wouldn’t put an innocent man to die?  By now I was so caught up in the story that everything seemed real.  I t was as if it was happening right there  and then and I was witnessing everything.  It seemed as if I had gone back in time and these thing were happening right in front of my eyes.

When Pilate asked the people if they would have him release to them Barnabas or Jesus, they shouted for him to release Barnabas.  I felt so disappointed, I was so sure they would have chosen Jesus, but no, they wanted Him to be crucified.  It was then that I began pleading with God.  I remember saying ”You really not going to let them kill Him?”  I said “Look what He did for these people and now they want to kill Him.  You going to let Him die for these people?  They don’t deserve it!   I smile sometimes when I remember that.  Little did I realize back then that He was dying for my sins too!

By this time I was literally crying as I read how they mocked Him, spat on Him, struck Him on the head and when He asked for water, they gave Him vinegar to drink.  I thought these people are so wicked, couldn’t they just give Him some water?  When He gave up the ghost, I felt sad to know that He was dead.

Then I read about Mary going to the tomb and finding it empty.  When He appeared to His disciples I realized that He was no longer dead.  He had risen!  I found myself laughing and crying at the same time and I recall saying ” Wretch them, the think them was going to kill Him and Him was going to stay dead!”   I had this experience many years ago but I still remember it like it was yesterday!

Here is a poem about the crucifixion.  I am not quite sure who this poem but I hope you enjoy it.

He Was Crucified

I remember the day he was crucified
The cross stood bold on the hillside.
The nails stood out, and on the cross there He was.
The crowd gathered around as I watched Him.
HE WAS IN PAIN!
His eyes were red and blood shot, His body was limp.
The high pitched screams were like tormented demons they deafened our ears.
They stunned us as He suffers.
The people scourged Him; they cursed Him they spat on Him; they teased Him.
The even filled His mouth with vinegar.
WHAT A SET!
I watched death fall upon Him.
The shadow came closer, and then
AS IF HIS SOUL WAS TORN FROM HIM.
HE SCREAMED!
The spasm of pain tormented His soul.
HE SCREAMED AGAIN!
And then………… He was silent.
I still remember Him, but what can I do?
When He is now dead after He was crucified