The other day I read a touching tale that holds an encouraging lesson for us as children of God. The story was telling the tale of the damaged relationship between a father and his daughter, and the consequent scars on both of their hearts. Because of miscommunication and misunderstanding both of them had tucked their feelings for each other far away in dark basements of their hearts, but no matter how far we try to hide our pain unless we find real healing, such hurts will always continue to affect us and radiate confusion into our daily lives. One day, the daughter found out that her father was dying. This time she could no longer refuse to visit the man who had been such an integral part of her youth. When she came in they both stared at each other for some time in silence. At last, the old man looked up and said in weak tones, “Thank you for coming, my dear daughter. You know… I have always lovedContinue reading »

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matthew 25:40 – KJV. That scriptural section is a favorite of many. It says so much. Yes, the emphasis is on love, caring and sharing — attributes that are deeply necessary. Jesus represents all of that and more. I’m immensely grateful for the people who cheerfully help “the least of these.” Truly, doing so does it unto Jesus. There are countless homeless people who yearn for arms of love to embrace them with generous actions. It matters less how they arrived in those circumstances. What really matters is to wisely help them by showing them Jesus through reaching out in ways that penetrate spiritually, mentally and physically. James 2:17 –KJV tells us, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” Elderly people often need help navigating during their golden years. Continue reading »

Once again we’re soon coming on December 25th, the day we celebrate the birth of Christ – yes Christmas. The Bible account of his arrival is deeply cherished by Christians. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph traveled and reached Bethlehem where the Lord was born in a manger because there was no room for them at the inn. Wise men were guided to look upon the newborn Saviour. They lovingly and generously came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Repeated readings and sermons about the birth of Christ haven’t dampened the beauty of that rich event shared so splendidly in the Bible. Some church bodies have a custom of early morning Christmas services. Attending helps parishioners to be reminded of lifestyle priorities. Love and service to Christ transcend our material holiday activities. Yes, the hope of glory stands way beyond all the rest. Colossians 1:27 – KJV, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you,Continue reading »

Imagine you are on a rugged mountain path that’s winding its way up, higher and higher. It is snowing, and the cold is stinging your eyes. For a moment you rest, holding on to a sturdy fir tree, but you realize it is not a place where you can wait for too long, as the temperatures have dropped so much that you can hardly feel your fingers. You have to go on, but it is a treacherous journey. You can barely see the road ahead, and the dark abyss is near. You have a map, but what good is a map in weather like this and the markings on the road have disappeared because of the snow. You just have to struggle on and hope your sense of direction won’t let you down. What worries you the most is that this is only the beginning of the journey. The hardest part still has to come. What’s more, daylight is fading, and soon you’ll be surrounded by darkness. But you areContinue reading »

Often repeated have been the account in Matthew 14 about Peter walking on water to Jesus. When his faith wavered, Jesus was there to rescue Peter. We have all had those seasons when we needed to be saved from one thing or another. I so love that Peter had such trust in the Lord that he walked on water, albeit, briefly. Peter faltered, but it is still immensely impressive to me that he even went to the extent that he did to join Jesus on the water. The Lord continues to rescue us from our various circumstances. Gratitude flows. I love reading and hearing reports of rescues done by caring people. Strangers are often participants in rescue situations. Recently, there was a police officer who appeared on the Steve Harvey talk show. He was there to be honored for going above the call of duty. The officer responded to a traffic accident report. The woman involved experienced damage to her car that rendered it inoperable. She needed a vehicle toContinue reading »

The other day I read a touching anecdote which deserves to be shared. A father and his daughter were no longer on speaking terms. Things had happened and as a result, they both had locked away the love they had once felt for each other in the dungeons of their hearts. One day the daughter heard that the father was dying and she decided to at least see the old man one last time before he would pass on to the next world. When she sat at his bedside both of them were still. What could they say? At last, the dying man broke the silence and whispered, “My dear child, do you know that I have always loved you? I am so very sorry for the things I did wrong.” The daughter looked at him, and the bitterness welled up in her heart. “You said, you would always be there for me… But you weren’t. You hurt me that way.” The old man raised his bushy eyebrows. “How, child?Continue reading »

I saw her across the room I immediately began to pray God, please, let this be her I didn’t know her name Or if she had arrived with Someone else on her arm I only knew I needed to seize The moment before It passed by A long story short We wed several months later And she was the most Beautiful bride I’d seen Ever The envy of my friends The Queen of the Prom The joy of my life… All in one Perfect Until one day A terrible crash Lights of the ambulance Flashed Paralyzed from The waist down Scarred features On her face She barely spoke For a while As I wondered What to do No one envied me Or spoke of her beauty Some stopped visiting Or even bothering To call I could see it In her eyes The fear The sadness Her hope in us Was gone Dear Lord What am I supposed to do A fairy tale no more Some suggest I leave her ToContinue reading »

“In the world, you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” * These words Jesus spoke to His disciples shortly before His crucifixion, and they are a wonderful and comforting promise to us, His children, who are so often confused by the struggles we face. It is a reality that we will face trouble in this world, unlike the popular idea that God should take all suffering away from us and give us clear sailing from the cradle to the grave. According to Jesus himself, this will never happen. And it is easy to understand why. This worldly system and its shallow principles are not guided by the Spirit of God. In fact, they are guided by entirely different forces, forces that do not like to be acquainted with God and His heavenly ideas. And because of that, we can be certain there will be lots of tribulation. Does it matter? Not really, because Jesus has already won our main battle. Our destiny isContinue reading »

Wondrous delights surface as we dwell on the abundant lessons of Master Teacher, Jesus – Yes, he’s much more but this focus is Lord as teacher The good book is packed with accounts of his teaching excellence on manifold levels vast beyond our comprehension On the mount, Jesus taught In the garden, Jesus taught At the wedding, Jesus taught Inside the boat, Jesus taught In the temple, Jesus taught He had/has rapt audiences along with dissenters yet, Jesus taught/teaches profoundly with unmatched skill How fortunate that we have the teachings of Christ to guide and to help us navigate our varied spiritual journeys The splendor is awesome to live and behold . . .

“Why did you steal from me, son,” said the father to the son. “Have I not given you enough?” “I don’t know,” the son shrugged. “I just needed money, and you’ve got plenty anyway.” The father felt the anger rising in his heart, but he pressed his lips together and controlled himself. He had quarreled before, but quarreling did not help. “What did you need the money for?” he asked at last. The son answered him without even blinking his eyes, “For a party with my friends. We needed drinks.” The father shook his head. His son was only 14 years old. Where would this lead to? A month later something else happened. The boy did not come home that night and only returned the following evening. He clearly had too much to drink as he stumbled inside and there faced his father, who looked at him with an ashen face. “Something the matter?” the son asked. The father nodded. “Yes son… where were you last night?” The boy shruggedContinue reading »

When the wife told her husband about a new invention she had heard about, he laughed and scoffed: “Sometimes I really wonder about you. You are so ignorant and believe just about anything. What you’re saying there can never happen.” Her eyes were sad as she answered him in soft tones, “But it’s true. I read about it in a magazine, but you never believe me.” The man shook his head in disgust, grumbled another complaint, and continued reading the sports page of his newspaper. Unbelief hurts. When people do not believe you and make fun of you, it is hard to bear. There’s almost no offense so hard to bear as being called a liar, for although people would be quick to say they don’t mean it, a liar is inherently what people call you when they don’t believe you. How does that apply to God and faith in God? Unbelief in God is, in essence, the same as calling Him a liar. The Apostle John agrees. He said:Continue reading »