Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“It is not good for the man to be alone. I need to make a suitable partner for him."
Do you believe marriage is universal and it’s the natural progression of intimacy?
God’s creative work was not complete until he made woman. In marriage, man and woman symbolically are united into one. This is a mystical union of the couple’s hearts and lives. The goal in marriage should be more than friendship; it should be oneness. The desire for intimacy is deep in everyone. So it should not be deprived of anybody, even to the special needs. Love is not cool, it’s always warm and with affection and action. Love is one true and abiding joy of life, the essence of life itself, is to love. Love is God, so let us love with words, and with tender feelings. It is our duty and God’s command to love. It should culminate in marriage. The full blossoming of love can be seen only in marriage. Sex and children are not the end result of love, but the by-products and a choice.
Reuven and Shulamit, both aged 30+, are a happily married down-syndrome couple. Let us hear from them - “Are you familiar with “joy of life? Well, before I was married, I always felt it. But from the moment I was told I’m engaged, my joy of life exploded, burst out, engulfed me. It’s real now. It’s truly opened up for me,” says Shulamit, the wife. “I agree with her in what she says,” says Reuven, the husband. Both are working full time job in photocopying and recycling. It is harmony that many non-disabled couples spend years in therapy to master. Shulamit has tips for troubled couples, "It’s not worth arguing about every little things. You can’t always argue. We resolve any problem by speaking. We argue and argue, we talk and then we make up,” Rueven says. For the photo session, after the first few poses standing stiffly side by side, they moved to the sofa. There they entwined their hands, lay them in Reuven’s lap, and smiled. Their message of love is loud and clear.
Special needs population should have equal rights as the able-bodied, they call for special love respect and compassion from the society and at large the parents in work, study and marriage. Shulbmit says, "The normal girls would accept children like me. Basically, that was the essential thing.” If you come across any special needs people or you have anybody in your house, see that they are not deprived of their rights, especially love.
Prayer : Jesus, let love blossom everywhere. Let the special needs people be loved and be respected with compassion. May those who are working and parenting them be strengthened and be helped. Let all troubled marriages be corrected with love. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Saturday, 26th February 2011
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012