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The Big Rains

The Big Rains By Mabel Burton Suddenly, Eucalyptus trees Around me Flashing, dipping, dancing, Thrashing me; A cacophony of sound Envelops me; The winds come screaming Frightening me, The rushing, roaring rains in torrents Beating me. Scimitars of light rend dark skies Blinding me; Thunderous, ear-splitting blasts join the Symphony. Nerves stretched taut, my soul cries out In agony. Then, as suddenly It seems an angel of light appears Accusingly, And, at the sight, all sound flees and instead Of fury, A gentle quiet reigns, light floods the sodden earth Shiningly, And all is peace again.  Ethiopia Observer, vol.13 (1970), n.1, p.36 Mabel Burton, a British teacher, taught shorthand at The Addis Ababa Commercial School in the early 1960s.  

The Most Beautiful Cross in the World

The Most Beautiful Cross in the World - The Lalibela Ethiopian Cross Professor Tecola W. Hagos There is no other cross in the world that even remotely shares any design commonality with the Lalibela Ethiopian Cross. This Cross is unique in its highly sophisticated design and how ingeniously the greatest Biblical story is incorporated within its matrix. The first time I saw the Lalibela Cross was when I was a high school student some forty years ago--in another life. Since then until very recently, I thought of the Lalibela Cross as very mysterious and puzzling. Thus, over the years I tried to learn more about this great Cross. At times, I even wondered how it could even be considered a cross.  There are two basic designs of crosses: the Latin Cross and the Greek Cross. Every cross in the world is built around these two underlying designs. I checked thousands of variations, some improvised and others strictly traditional designs of crosses, in books, catalogs, and recently through the

Every Day an Easter

Every Day an Easter By Mitiku Adisu This Sunday, May 2, 2021, Ethiopians will be celebrating Easter. You may be wondering why a second Easter having had one on April 4. The short end of it is that Eastern and Western Churches have different traditions. Should that then be reason for not joining in or for thinking difference in tradition “gives a divided witness?”[1] Not at all; for it is only fitting that we celebrate the Risen Christ a second, a third, nay, daily, and year round. Jesus is alive. We worship One who entered time clothed in the garb of our humanity to show us the love and forgiveness of God by removing the wall of sin that separated us from the Holy One of Israel and from one another; he gave us peace, a new community, and a living hope. There is a redeemer,  Jesus, God's own Son, Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,  Holy One,         Jesus my redeemer,         Name above all names,        Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,        Oh, for sinner

The Fire

The Fire on the Mountain (an Ethiopian folktale) People say that in the old days in the city of Addis Ababa, there was a young man by the name of Arha. He had come as a boy from the country of Guragé, and in the city he became the servant of a rich merchant, Haptom Hasei. Haptom Hasei was so rich that he owned everything that money could buy, and often he was very bored because he had tired of everything he knew, and there was nothing new for him to do. One cold night, when the damp wind was blowing across the plateau, Haptom called to Arha to bring wood for the fire. When Arha was finished, Haptom began to talk. “How much cold can a man stand?” he said, speaking at first to himself. “I wonder if it would be possible for a man to stand on the highest peak, Mount Sululta, where the coldest winds blow, through an entire night without blankets or clothing and yet not die?” “I don’t know,” Arha said. “But wouldn’t it be a foolish thing?” “Perhaps, if he had nothing to gain by it,