Blog Post #76: Magical Joy & Peace

Dear Readers,

Within my family of three, Michael (my son), Jenny (my wife) and Paul (that’s me!) try to be always thankful for everything. We like to think of M, J & P as representing Magical Joy & Peace.  The answer to the question “How long will it last?” depends on us properly recognising the everlasting source of true love, joy and peace.

It may seem easier, at first, for people to be thankful only when events in the world appear to be calmly under ‘our’ control, but since that is never really the case (not even for world leaders), it is wiser to realise that CS Lewis was right when he wrote: “Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.”

I consider the forthcoming Christmas to be a reminder that, if we will now faithfully live our lives filled with a spirit of hope, patience, respect and gratitude for Jesus’ promised return, then all of us can look forward to indescribably magical joy and peace that will last forever.

The element of gratitude is vital. If we truly recognise that our salvation is then guaranteed because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for all of us, then the need for our gratitude is suddenly obvious.

Romans 5:8
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”


Ephesians 5:20

“Give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Hebrews 11:6

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

Rather than living for fleeting, transient things such as


focus on the eternal


One of my favourite anagrams is


That reminds me of this fun, wee puzzle that I made just recently:

I have a friend whose birthday (with day and month in the form DMM) is a cube number.

It’s particularly special because it’s possible to rearrange the order

of the digits to get another three-digit cube number.

Your fun challenge is to figure out the exact day and month

of my friend’s birthday before peeking down below to

confirm your answers!

You can also find an 8-letter anagram beginning with M


IS CALMER = M _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

Jenny, Michael and I wish you a Christmas filled

with love, joy and peace xxx

Paul Motwani.

P.S. = Puzzle Solutions!

512 = 8 x 8 x 8 = 8 cubed

125 = 5 x 5 x 5 = 5 cubed.

My friend’s birthday was on 5 December.



Author: Paul A. Motwani

My name is Paul Motwani, but my colleagues, my students and their parents mostly call me "Mr. Mo"! My middle initial, A, stands for Anthony, because I was born on the official feast day of St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of miracles and of lost souls. I love teaching Mathematics and Chess, and giving fun-packed talks and shows in schools and clubs. The popular ingredients of Math, Chess, Mystery and Magic are my "Fantastic Four", and I give prizes too! I am an International Chess Grandmaster, and (loooooong ago!) I was the World Under-17 Champion. I am the author of five published chess books and hundreds of newspaper articles. I live with my wonderful wife and son in Belgium. I also love music, movies and puzzles. I blog at My e-mail address is You can find me on Facebook, too.

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