Tuesday, September 22, 2015


I have noticed that when people are in the midst of their final call home by the LORD.
That they and this really depends on each person, either one month, 2 weeks, a day, or even hours before.
Sort of loose their interest in things that they did or things that U do, when before there was a sparkle in their eyes and great excitement about that interest.
Yes U could say “Go Figure Richard” after all, they are contemplating much more other than a show and tell at this moment in time!”
True enough but just like everyone knows not to stare into the sun; it's something which U are told when you're a kid. "Don't look at the sun or you'll go blind!" But sometimes U want to understand something so badly that you'll almost risk going blind for just a glimpse of what it might all be about?
For I believe that the world is made up of the big things that happen to U and the small ones.
The part that's so unfair is that we call them "big" and "small", because when something happens to U, when U lose something or someone that U really care about, that's all there is. The world may be blowing up all around U, but you don't care about that, U don't care about that at all…
When they are passing over as I said that they just do not care, as I believe it is just their reality going numb in their brain, sort of a blessing from GOD as a form of comfort to them.
My childhood friend Kelly Obrien was like that, my father in-law Ken Henwood  was like that and my wife Joyce was like that too. Her last day was sort of an unusual calm after my morning nursing duties were over and I started out for my afternoon appointment.
Then Joyce got a phone call from a home care nurse and Joyce gave that nurse a “I couldn’t care less response to questions,” which caused the nurse to call me as I was driving to my appointment. Puzzled by this and almost half way down our back alley, I stopped to call home, yet Joyce was still so calm?
So I asked Joyce if I should return home to her right now and asked Joyce are U OK? Joyce said “NO” do not come home, as she was just perfectly fine but tired and Richard, U better get going, as U are going to be late (we were always late, it was our tradition), then Joyce said that she would see me when I got back. “Kiss noise, I Love U!” we both said to each other and I let her go…
A true recount but how do you let someone go? How do you understand that it is alright and that from this point on everything changes? How do you find a way for this event to make you feel good about your life, instead of the breaking of your heart?
For the hardest thing you'll ever learn in life, is how to say goodbye and this is only, if you are given that chance.
Sometimes I have found the best way to move into the unknown in my life is to take familiar steps, small steps. To do ordinary things to deal with something that is in no way ordinary. We're always going someplace new in this life all the time. Familiar things just let us pretend that we aren't moving into unfamiliar territory. U take those small familiar steps as U become dishonest with yourself and to live as if nothing had changed but still to go on with your life. But there are times when what you need is a piece of how things used to be!
As for most people change is kind of slow. They're who they are and then after a while, they're someone else. But some people know the exact moment where their lives changed. When they first saw the person they were going to marry or the look in their baby's eyes the first time they smiled. For some people, it's not the good things in life that made them change. Or it's something they've gone through like the passing of my wife Joyce that makes everything that I look at from that moment on, seem very different from how it had always been. Till my and your own end that things, will forever be.
of Sir Richard…

Thursday, September 17, 2015


In actuality anyone down any of our city streets can be killers. For if the young are taught ASAP the difference between right and wrong they can change. Take the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces of pre-1945 brought up in a distorted self-superior fashion of bullies from the top down. From the Meiji Restoration to 1945 the Japanese Combined Armed Forces held the belief that they would be instantly going to heaven upon giving their lives in a Bushido Code of Honour, fighting for their god Emperor. Before this, giving one’s life for the many facets of codified Samurai Honour or the Shogun for a thousand years held this same belief. Now the Japanese do not do this kind of lifestyle way of thinking, they have changed. The Emperor is no longer a god! In fact just this week for the first time since 1945 the Japanese Parliament passed legislation which allows the military, called the Self-Defense Forces, to defend the U.S. and other countries if they come under attack, even if it is outside of Japan.

Opponents say the conditions for involvement are overly vague, giving future governments too much leeway to interpret them as they see fit. They also criticize the forced vote by the ruling bloc in the Japanese Parliament as tyranny by the majority.
Recent Japanese polls show about 80 percent of Japanese, oppose the bills and the majority believe the legislation is unconstitutional. They do not want any War or to return to the Bushido Samurai War like thinking of the past.

The Daesh (isis), take their belief from a skewed interpretation of the Quran and though mentioned there in, the belief is only 1,365 years old. So I believe that the young people that come to Canada as refugees, if shown the proper path would not become jihadists.
The concept of jihad is indeed a Quranic one, but sadly, a false and twisted version of this Quranic concept has been used by terrorists acting in the name of Islam to commit various terrorist acts. These terrorist acts, which occur all over the world, aim at the indiscriminate killing of innocent people. They are being undertaken in the name of “jihad”. These non-Islamic acts have gone a long way towards distorting the image of Islam.

As with any religious concept, its correct definition lies in the scripture and not in the interpretation of humans. Christianity itself has only stopped or paused one War that I know of and this was the Christmas Truce of 1914. So as a Christian I pray that we on day act like Christians and “Thou Shall Not Murder!” as written during the time of Moses.
So to fully understand the Quranic concept of jihad, though I am a novice but from what I have read, to understand jihad it is essential to address the following issues:

1- The Quranic definition of the word jihad
2- What is “The cause of GOD”?
3- Are the ones who explode themselves in 'suicide bombings' really going to Heaven as they have been led to believe?
4- Does the concept of a 'holy war' have Quranic authorisation?

FIRST: The Quranic definition of the word jihad
The literal definition of the word jihad is: striving to achieve a goal, while the Quranic definition of the word is “striving with one’s self and one’s money in the cause of God”.
This Quranic definition is confirmed in a number of Quranic verses which speak of jihad. The following are some examples:
“The true believers are those who believe in GOD and His messenger, then attain the status of having no doubt whatsoever, and strive (jahadu) with their money and their lives in the cause of GOD. These are the truthful ones.” 49:15
“Those who believe, and emigrate, and strive (jahadu) in the cause of GOD with their money and their lives, are far greater in rank in the sight of GOD. These are the winners.” 9:20
“As for the messenger and those who believed with him, they eagerly strive (jahadu) with their money and their lives. These have deserved all the good things; they are the winners.” 9:88
p.s. the word “jahadu” is the verb form of the noun “jihad.

SECOND : The cause of GOD
Now that we have established that jihad means to strive with one’s self and one’s money in the cause of GOD, we need to determine what is the Quranic meaning of the phrase: “the cause of GOD”?
Striving to uphold the “cause of GOD” simply means striving to uphold all GOD’s commandments and a strive to condemn all GOD’s prohibitions. Hence, a jihad in the cause of GOD is a strive to preach and uphold GOD’s way and God’s Law. Since the word jihad has been manipulated to advocate violence and the killing of innocent people, it is necessary to establish, with clear Quranic evidence, that the “cause of GOD” does not allow unlawful killing or violence.
1- First, we must always be aware of the prime declaration in the Quran which states that GOD does not advocate sin:
" GOD never advocates sin. Are you saying about GOD what you do not know?" 7:28
2- Following from that, the Quran states categorically that killing any innocent soul is a gross sin:
"...... You shall not kill - GOD has made life sacred - except in the course of justice. These are His commandments to you, that you may understand." 6:151
"You shall not kill any person - for GOD has made life sacred - except in the course of justice. ....." 17:33
The prohibition to kill any innocent soul has always been the law of GOD, in the Quran and in all previous scripture:
"......, we decreed for the Children of Israel that anyone who murders any person who had not committed murder or horrendous crimes, it shall be as if he murdered all the people. " 5:32
3- GOD does not allow fighting (war) except in the case of self-defence:
"If they leave you alone, refrain from fighting you, and offer you peace, then GOD gives you no excuse to fight them" 4:90
"If they resort to peace, so shall you, and put your trust in GOD. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient." 8:61
“do not aggress; GOD dislikes the aggressors.” 5:87
4- GOD commands that there will be no compulsion in religion:
"There shall be no compulsion in religion ..." 2:256
"You have your religion and I have mine" 109:6
"Had your LORD willed, all the people on earth would have believed. Do you want to force the people to become believers?" 10:99
The commands in the above verses are very clear. The Quran confirms that belief must be attained voluntarily and not forcibly. If we are forced into becoming Muslims, there would be no credit due. The choice must be a voluntary one.
"Proclaim: "This is the truth from your LORD," then Whoever wills let him believe, and whoever wills let him disbelieve" 18:29
"You shall remind, for your mission is to deliver this reminder. You have no power over them" 88:21-22
The message of no compulsion in religion is once again emphasised in the above Quranic words.
5- Quran advocates pardon, forgiveness and tolerance:
"You shall resort to pardon, advocate tolerance, and disregard the ignorant" 7:199
"Tell those who believe to forgive those who do not long for the days of (meeting) GOD. He will fully pay everyone for whatever they have earned." 45:14
The Quran condemns the killing or even the persecution of people merely because they embrace a different religion. The Quran mandates absolute freedom of religion among all people. Respect and mutual co-existence must be exercised with those of other religions. The Quran urges Muslims to treat such people kindly and equitably:
"GOD does not enjoin you from befriending those who do not fight you because of religion, and do not evict you from your homes. You may befriend them and be equitable towards them. GOD loves the equitable." 60:8
As all the above verses indicate, the Quran is clear in prohibiting all violence, unlawful killing and also forcing others into Islam.
Attacks on civilians and on innocent people around the world by these terrorist groups is a violation of all the verses quoted above. This is an act that is condemned by all religions including Islam.

THIRD : Are the ones who explode themselves in 'suicide bombings' really going to Heaven as they have been led to believe?
Suicide is a state of disbelief and loss of faith that is condemned by GOD throughout the Quran. In the Quran, GOD commands the believers never to despair or lose hope but instead have faith in GOD and work for a brighter future:
"none despairs of GOD 's grace except the disbelieving people." 12:87
It is true that many of the youth who commit suicide bombing live in dire situations and there is no denying of their suffering and oppression. But there is no justification for breaking GOD's commandment. Oppression is not a reason to break GOD 's law. On the contrary, oppression is a good reason to hold tight to these commandments and to show more faith in GOD. Two wrongs do not make a right.
Sadly, many young people in Islamic countries who get drafted into one of the terrorist groups are completely brain washed to believe that when they explode themselves in what is known as “suicide bombing” that they die as martyrs and are sent directly to heaven!
Young male youth, who are easy prey for the devious politically motivated preachers, are totally brain washed into believing that beautiful virgins are waiting for them in Paradise!

Those who kill innocent people in the name of Islam or in the name of GOD, and who think of themselves as martyrs, should think twice. Their act is categorically condemned by GOD as per the above verses of the Quran. These people are disobeying GOD's commandments and instead upholding the fabricated claims of their teachers/leaders!
“You shall spend in the cause of GOD; do not throw yourselves with your own hands into destruction. You shall be charitable; GOD loves the charitable.” 2:195
“O you who believe, do not consume each other’s' properties illicitly - only mutually acceptable transactions are permitted. You shall not kill yourselves. GOD is Merciful towards you.
“Anyone who commits these transgressions, maliciously and deliberately, we will condemn him to Hell. This is easy for GOD to do.” 4:29-30
As per all the Quranic verses presented, we understand the following:
1- Killing an innocent soul is a great sin in the sight of GOD
2- Suicide in any form is condemned by GOD.
3- The Quran does not promise Paradise to those who commit suicide but rather warn of great retribution.

FOURTH : Is there such a thing as a “Holy War” in the Quran?
Various terrorist groups portray “jihad” as a “holy war”. The media in the west has been sucked up into accommodating or reporting this false interpretation.
In the light of the Quran, there is no war which is holy; not under any circumstances. In fact, the whole text of the Quran promotes peace rather than war. The word Islam itself is a derivative of the word “salaam” which means peace.
There are times, and in specific circumstances, when the option of war is allowed. This stems from the fact that the Quran advocates opposition to aggression and oppression. And thus, in such circumstances war is allowed but only as an act of self-defence, but never as an act of aggression.
Whenever there is a possibility to avoid war, then this alternative, as long as it is reasonable, must be taken.
"You shall prepare for them all the power you can muster, and all the equipment you can mobilise, that you may frighten the enemies of GOD, your enemies, as well as others who are not known to you; GOD knows them. Whatever you spend in the cause of GOD will be repaid to you generously, without the least injustice. If they resort to peace, so shall you, and put your trust in GOD. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient." 8:60-61
"Permission (to fight) is granted to those who are being persecuted, since injustice has befallen them, and GOD is certainly able to support them. They were evicted from their homes unjustly, for no reason other than saying, "Our LORD is GOD." If it were not for GOD's supporting of some people against others, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and masjids - where the name of GOD is commemorated frequently - would have been destroyed. Absolutely, GOD supports those who support Him. GOD is Powerful, Almighty." 22:39-40
The case made in the Quran for war and perhaps the most important and often confused as a holy war, is the war “in the cause of GOD”. Fighting an oppressor or aggressor is fighting against oppression or aggression, thus it is fighting for justice and therefore in the cause of GOD.
”You may fight “in the cause of GOD” against those who attack you, but do not aggress. GOD does not love the aggressors.” 2:190
Clearly as the above verse states, fighting in the cause of GOD is a case of fighting an aggressor and thus is a case of fighting in self - defence.
Fighting oppression “in the cause of GOD” is also the subject of 4:75
"Those who readily fight in the cause of GOD are those who forsake this world in favour of the Hereafter. Whoever fights in the cause of GOD, then gets killed, or attains victory, we will surely grant him a great recompense. Why should you not fight in the cause of GOD when weak men, women, and children are imploring: "Our Lord, deliver us from this community whose people are oppressive, and be You our LORD and MASTER." 4:74-75
Thus it becomes clear that the concept of “in the cause of GOD”, is not restricted to the case of fighting a war “in the cause of GOD”, it is also about striving with one’s self and one’s money in the cause of GOD. This could be a way to spread the “way of GOD”, or even giving charity as per the words:
“You shall spend in the cause of GOD; do not throw yourselves with your own hands into destruction. You shall be charitable; GOD loves the charitable.” 2:195
The underlined words confirm the relationship between spending “in the cause of GOD” and having that money spent towards charitable causes.

To conclude, it is quite clear that the word jihad has been badly manipulated by those with political aims, and in violation of the Quranic truth. The word 'holy' has never been used in the Quran in connection with war. There simply is no reference anywhere in the Quran for what they call “holy war”.
There are times when war is permitted, but as we have seen in all the Quranic words, it is only permitted as a practise of self-defence, and it is never called a “holy war”. Islam resolves around the concept of peace:
"If they resort to peace, so shall you, and put your trust in GOD. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient." 8:61
Maybe isis could be changed one day as well and stop emulating Kamikaze like attacks, or marking Christian homes with "N" like the Nazis marked the homes and businesses of Jews? Then on the other hand Daesh IMO are also the army of the Anti-Christ but as I am not GOD. Only He can say what should be done with these people. But JESUS CHRIST begs us to at least try! Amen?
Posting thoughts of Sir Richard…
JESUS said;
John 14:27
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid! Amen…

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Let Us Pray For:

Let Us Pray For:
Hailey Dunbar- Blanchette and Dad Terry Blanchette;
As you are both in our prayers and thoughts.
May the LORD GOD give your Family and Friends the strength,
to see them all through this difficult time.
For this in JESUS CHRIST's name I pray,
That His Healing Hand be put upon all Family,
and Friends and also onto each of our troubled hearts.
Let Your presence LORD GOD change our sorrow into comfort,
our anxiety into trust, our despair into faith,
so that we will all know of Your Love.
Just as Hailey and Terry now both enjoy, with Thee in heaven.
This we ask this in the name of;
GOD the Father, JESUS CHRIST the Son and the HOLY SPIRIT.
This comes close to home for me, as I too was once a single Dad.
Raising a child on my own and if not for help from
Cassie, Sandy, Joyce Child Find Alberta, Family and Friends
things would have been much harder.
As fearful things stalked me but unlike Terry and Hailey it was kept away…
Sir Richard.


Monday, September 14, 2015


People seem to think that the refugees are moving through all the countries from Turkey to Hungary because they are just being opportunistic. The reality is that these countries will not let them stay there and where most of them are coming from they face barrel bombs, mustard gas, nerve gas, pieces of metal entering their bodies and not to mention disease and starvation. Sadly speaking, of the Hungarians they do not want them in their country for they seem to have forgotten how in 1956 we took in thousands of them into ours as refugees, who were fleeing from Soviet Tanks.
As for the Syrians I am not fearful of them as if properly vetted, they will be fine. Then a little off topic but the Urban Myth Meme about the drowned boy on the beach as being somehow tainted due to his families not proven failures (to make this horror easier to handle), is ridiculous for he is still just a little boy who was found drowned on a beach!
The Bigot like fears about the current refugee crises is upsetting for me! As I also remember how everyone was afraid of Communists sneaking into Canada at the time of the Vietnam boat people.
For as of yet, I have not seen PM Harper wearing a "I Love Uncle Ho" pin.
My fear is as Canadians, we have reverted back to Bigoted Fearful Thoughts!
Historically with such examples as our Chinese Head Tax, The WW1 Ukraine Internment Camps and The Japanese WW2 Internment Camps. Then the fear of DP's (Displaced Person's), from Europe after WW2 as being somehow dangerous but in reality all these people only enhanced and help build Canada (such as my Dad), to become the GREAT COUNTRY that CANADA IS TODAY! Or should we take this belief back now, as our current intolerance and paranoia is predominate in our National Thinking?
Only the Indigenous First Nations can sort of lay claim to all of Canada but even they are in fact refugees, driven out long ago from somewhere else, for reasons long ago forgotten to become the First Canadians.

O' Canada French and English Version
O 'Canada français et en anglais Version
O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command,
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits,
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O' Kanata First Nations Version
O' Kanata
Oh Canada

Kmîtkinu kinu
Our territory

Me'ki ksite'lmulek
We feel highly for you
In our hearts

Kesi ksalulek
We love you

We're proud of you

You have given us strength

Ta'n tetutki'k
The entire area

U't maqmikew
Of this land

Melki ankweyulek
We strongly protect you

Kisu'lkw wli-anko'tj
May the Creator protect

Our territory

O' Kanata melki ikalulek
Oh Canada we strongly protect you

O' Kanata melki ikalulek  
Oh Canada we strongly protect you

Posted by this born here, Dutch, Scottish, English, French,
Northern Cree Canadian and what ever.
Sir Richard…
A knight in thy service of the King of Kings Jesus Christ!