Sunday 25 June 2023



I was thinking this morning.... I remember my early days of Sunday School at First Baptist Church, Warri. We were told how God changed the name of Abram to Abraham and that the inserted 'ha' signifies the breath of life. Since then I have believed that the short audible breath through the mouth associated with pronouncing 'H' signifies a deep commitment from the soul.

When I saw the inscription 'Save me Ho God,' I immediately understood that it wasn't a typo but the heart cry of a drowning man. Simply put, 'Save me ho God' is the senior brother of 'Save me oh God'. When someone is experiencing challenges, he says 'Save me oh God,' but when going through problems pro max alias 'shege,' he shouts 'Save me Ho God.'

As I mused on those words, I remembered the incident of the early morning hours of 15 April 1912, when RMS Titanic, with an estimated 2,224 people on board, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean, four days into her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. As the Titanic sank in icy waters, after striking an iceberg, I can only imagine the horror on the faces of the people and many screaming, 'Save me Ho God.'

Fast forward 111 years. Five persons boarded a submersible watercraft and set out on an expedition. Where to? Wait for it. To explore the Titanic shipwreck in the North Atlantic, about 12,500 feet deep in the ocean. The same Titanic that took the lives of close to 1,500 persons. No be juju be that? As details began to surface of the catastrophic implosion of the Titan craft and how the five men died, I could only imagine them screaming 'Save me Ho God.'

Meanwhile, somewhere in Okomomaiko, Lagos, a father of four is still struggling with petrol price increase to over N500/ltr and then he heard that electricity tariff will increase by July 1. He shook his head and says 'Save me Ho God!'

These are perilous times and life can be tough but no one prays to experience a heart-wrenching situation that will make one shout 'Save me Ho God.' Whether you are saying 'Save me oh God' or 'Save me Ho God,' crying to God for help is the right call to make in an impossible situation (Psalms 3:7). 

Stay hopeful. God's got our back.

Happy Sunday!

......Just the thoughts of a certain Wey Mey

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