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Contextualizationof Biblical texts is a priority of every exegete, who endeavors to bring the ancient scripts to dialogue with contemporary issues. This paper, which studies Psalm 72 and a prayer composed for good governance in Anambra State Nigeria, focuses on this hermeneutical interpretation. The writer adopts a simplified literary method in Biblical research that takes cognizance of the varied poetic techniques in Psalm 72 and engages in a detailed comparative study of a Psalm composed more than two millennia ago and a prayer of our time. Such comparative study reveals a striking similar preoccupation of the composers of both texts. Both prayed for good governance of which all developing countries today are in dire need.
The divine image,
which every human being bears as a result of God’s benevolence at creation, attracts
us to the Divine. Human beings are religious by nature and in order to fully
realise themselves as humans they have to be and live out the divine qualities
instilled in each of them by the Creator. The opposite is often the case when
human actions are critically evaluated. One of the divine qualities, which we
ought to acquire and practice in order to enhance good human relationship, is
compassion. This singular divine feature characterised Jesus earthly ministry
in words and deeds. In this paper, the writer focuses on an episode in the life
of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospel according to Luke 7: 11-17. Jesus had
compassion on the widow who lost her only son; he consoled and restored her son
back to her. In following Jesus’ footsteps we can make our world better and be
able to bear and live with others.
Massive hemoptysis is a frightening and life-threatening
event in children. Prompt, aggressive evaluation and management are necessary.
The most common cause of hemoptysis in a pediatric patient is infectious, but
other various etiologies including tracheotomy related problems, cystic
fibrosis, bronchiectasis, congenital anomalies of the cardiopulmonary
vasculature and suction trauma must be considered as well. Presented is a
report of a case of acute, massive endotracheal hemorrhage with multiple
methods of management including balloon tamponade, highly selective embolization,
and mainstem occlusion. This case is an addition to our previously reported
case series of nine pediatric patients with massive pulmonary hemorrhage.
Various diagnostic and management techniques of hemoptyis in pediatric patients
are discussed with an extensive review of the literature.