Following the electoral count over the next few days a new President will be sworn into office. At home, while both my family and our household staff patrol the tube for election updates I decided to retreat into reflection…not about the elections nor about politics, but about righteousness, which sadly has been plastered and marked as a highly-overrated commodity these days…naturally, because these are the end times. Armageddon in case you didn’t know, is not a fairy tale, it is imminent.
I read something today that upheld my sentiments about the commitment I made to the Lord when I was nine years old. I committed to live a life pleasing to Him and one thing He promised me that night was that I never needed to be afraid of the dark again. It was a simple enough request because I didn’t know how to sleep alone in my room. He didn’t promise that darkness would not come, it most certainly would, He just promised that He would be with me. Wherever He is more than enough light shines for you to know where you’re at. Read on to the end.
Holy Week or Spring Break as it’s called abroad is a time of renewal and rest, but always hopefully a time of reflection. Lots of people won’t really relate to what the Bible says about Holy Week, because they haven’t encountered Jesus in the way that matters or to tell you the truth sometimes frankly the words on the pages of Scripture don’t make sense or can point out our more obvious sins, but it’s not all about telling us about right and wrong, the Bible was written to remind us that we are loved. Those of us who feel negatively about the Bible (more specifically broken people who spout the Bible) tend to shy away from festivities or activities of reflection in connection with Jesus due to the fact that a lot of humans representing Jesus have let us down or we think we’ve let Him down in our own way. The truth is we can’t shock God with blow by blow accounts of how we’ve let Him down. What He is waiting for is whether we’ll take his hand and allow Him to lift us up again. Today, in a bit I am sharing two videos with you to soothe your soul and encourage you. Below is the short trailer of the longer video.
I believe it isn’t ideal to shy away from God’s Word even when we don’t understand it, because His Word will always come through for you, even if you don’t understand at first. The garden, the flood, the parting of the red sea, and the baby in a manger are historical accounts of God’s power and love coming through for the human race, and He hasn’t stopped. Think of His words in the Bible as a foreign language, the truths are another language from another dimension. You’ll only get the hang of the language if you try to talk to Him first in your own. There was once a rapper/comedian who turned over a new leaf that said in a video somewhere that for him it doesn’t make sense when confessing or ranting to God and trying to avoid being profane or rude in his desperation at times because He actually knows the words in his head before they come out. Think of God as the friend who’s watching you punch walls or rip up paper while trying to tell Him how awful it all us and how fed up you are. Read on to get to the two videos I chose for men and women that I believe will help reset your heart and bring peace this week.… To full post & COMMENTS...
“I once was lost, but now am found, I once was lost, but now am found, I once was blind but You touched me, I once was blind but now I see…and now my lifesong sings…” –Casting Crowns
It was that song around 3 years ago that gripped me from a video my cousin, Paolo, edited of the Walkway activity. The melody has forever been in my heart as far as I can remember since the CS’ Walkway Stations of the Cross installation began. The young people of Church Simplified, a Christian church, put faith into practice by providing an installation per station coupled with an activity that aids in reflecting inwardly and Spiritually.
This is my Dad at the 7th Station carrying what represents an actual cross during the time of Jesus. There’s no self-mutilation involved because God wouldn’t want that, we are not worthy of penance, this was only an activity in order to understand the weight that Jesus carried. Yesterday was Palm Sunday, Holy Week has officially begun. We bought a couple of shirts from the booth at the end, and the lovely Patty Laurel of Da Patty Laurel Blog assisted me when I paid for my shirts plus a lovely music CD of compiled music by different CS supporters like Julianne, Paolo V., Jay Enrile, Jay Durias and more.
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re at, or what you’ve done, the opportunity to walk with Christ and open your heart is there for everyone. The stations outline step by step the path that Jesus took to resurrect the broken, the lost, the kidnapped, and the abused. If you’re interested to participate or even just see the Stations of the Cross exhibit, head on over to Bonifacio High Street at Fort. The first station is nearby Fully Booked. For more information check out Church Simplified.… To full post & COMMENTS...