Years ago I was alone looking for the right path on my own. I got lost as someone ignorant would. It wasn’t until you came and you held my hand that I found that track…it’s not easy and it hurts most of the time but I know I’m not walking alone. I know too that you will fulfill your promise, for at the end of that road is the paradise that we all once lost.
Matthew 7:13 “Go in through the narrow gate; because broad and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are the ones going in through it; 14 whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it.
Matalinghaga mang maituturing, kakaiba man kung titingnan, ang daan na aking nilalakaran ay hindi ang aking nakagisnan. Dumarating ang mga panahong napagtatawanan pero di ko iyon alintana.
Patuloy akong nanghahawakan sa kanyang salita: John 8:31 Kapag mananatili kayo sa aking salita, totoong kayo ay aking mga alagad. 32Malalaman ninyo ang katotohanan at ang katotohanan ang magpapalaya sa inyo.
Matthew 24: 28 Also, on the matter of clothing, why are YOU anxious? Take a lesson from the lilies of the field, how they are growing; they do not toil, nor do they spin; 29 but I say to YOU that not even Sol´o·mon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. 30 If, now, God thus clothes the vegetation of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much rather clothe YOU, YOU with little faith? 31 So never be anxious and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or, ‘What are we to drink?’ or, ‘What are we to put on?’ 32 For all these are the things the nations are eagerly pursuing. For YOUR heavenly Father knows YOU need all these things. 33 “Keep on, then, seeking first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these [other] things will be added to YOU. 34 So, never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Sufficient for each day is its own badness.
One of the easily understandable bible verses that tackles about the simplicity of life and the importance of putting the kingdom and its promises in our lives first.
1 Corinthians 11: 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
On the 14th day of Nisan, the full moon on the first lunar month of the Jewish calendar, Jesus instituted a special commemorative evening meal, described by the apostle Paul as “the Lord’s evening meal.” Paul relates that on this occasion, Jesus commanded his disciples then present: “Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11: 24). A few hours later, he gave his life for us.
Sunday’s study article was very strengthening especially to the young ones. It is about being guided by God’s word and being loyal to him even when alone. It reminds me so much of Joseph, the eleventh son of the Patriarch Jacob.
Joseph, out of envy was sold into slavery by his brothers, he was taken to Egypt where he is sold to Potiphar as a household slave. Potiphar makes Joseph the head of his household but Potiphar’s wife, furious at Joseph for resisting her attempts to seduce him into sleeping with her, accuses him falsely of attempting to rape her. Potiphar casts Joseph into prison but it did not hinder him from being a man who recognizes God.
Joseph has been away from his family and has then lived a life different from what he was used to yet he knew that sleeping with Potiphar’s wife is something God wouldn’t approve of. Though there were no security cameras to record his action, Joseph knew that God could either be hurt or be happy with his actions.
It is when we are alone or relaxing when our spiritual guard can be down and that we are vulnerable to attacks. (morally speaking) That is why it is advisable to develop one’s “perceptive powers” to distinguish right from wrong. (Hebrews 5:14)
It will also be helpful to think of how God would feel before doing something in secret. Remember his words:
” Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice, that I may make a reply to him that is taunting me.” (Proverbs 27:11)
It has been a year and 3 months since my dad passed away. There was not a single day that I don’t remember…..At times, I would wake up with tears and almost choking because of a dream about him. The dreams were almost always similar…that he was alive although sick but I was there…telling him to take his meds or be careful with the things he is doing. It must be my subconscious being guilty for not being there during the remaining days of his life. Not being able to take care of him nor comfort him through his pain. It’s too late now, but what ifs are inevitable…what if I had known then of a liver and colon cleanse that really works…then I surely would have recommended dad to do it…What if it was able to help him…then he might still be alive today.
One of my earliest post in this blog is about death….I just wrote it out of whim not thinking of a particular someone. It feels so different reading this again compared back then without the hurt I feel now.
(Entry originally published on Oct 25, 2007)
“…Weep with people who weep.” -Romans 12:15
Death, perhaps for everyone, is an enigma that’s so hard to accept.
When death strikes, eveyrone in the family, as well as other relatives and friends are often at a loss, mostly asking the question ‘why did this happen?’
The bible urges us to weep with those who weep. Helping a bereaved person calls for compassion, discernment, and much love on one’s part. We should not wait for the bereaved one to come to us. We should not simply say, “If there’s anything I can do . . .” Find that “anything” , and then take the appropriate initiative.
I have seen people become devastated because of the death of someone they love…though uncalled for, the verses below are comforting words that the bible gives…
“Death is swallowed up forever. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?”—1 Corinthians 15:54-55
“…the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. ” -John 5:28-29
This is a wonderful promise that we can be sure of happening…at least for me who firmly believes the bible. Though the resurrection hope raises some questions like “where are the dead?” Are they in heaven living in a peaceful state? If they are, then why would there be a need to resurrect them? Or are they being tormented in a fiery hell?
Let’s look it up soon…
I don’t remember following up the topic nor answering the questions I raised here. My answer remains the same but I will not elaborate it for now. Still, I hold on to that promise…John 5:28 – this I have always written about here a lot of times already. I look forward to that day, to seeing my dad again.
Remember the Good Samaritan? One of the timeless stories about overcoming racial differences, helping those in need and sacrificing one’s own for a neighbor. A parable that exemplifies the ethics of Jesus Christ himself.
To this day, we do not travel with a donkey nor do we walk on long roads to reach our destination. (Though there are still undeniably undeveloped areas in the world who have and do those). The trouble we face is when getting flat tires, overheating and all problems included owning a car. Of course there would still be good Samaritans out there disguised as roadside assistance towers and mechanics. Naturally, it’s not free, we have to pay for the service, far from the Good Samaritan in the story who even paid for the Jew’s stay in an inn. 🙂
photo credit: Doris Ettlinger