Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“Jesus went with his parents to Nazareth.” (Luke 2:51)
Home, sweet home!
Reconnecting the human life with nature, parents, siblings and friends for refreshing and recharging the spent up fuel of weary human life with cold, insensitive computers and other electronic gadgets is a way of salvation and to find God and enjoy the wonders of his creation. We are cut off from nature and our families for the pursuit of tantalizing happiness, money, power and modern gadgets by solely depending on machines and its culture, and have lost everything, even the human touch. Man has become a machine with no genuine feelings. We are like an uprooted tree floating aimlessly on water. Simplicity, village ambience, serenity, plants and trees, streams and rivers, birds and animals are all a forgone era. Home, sweet home is a nostalgia. God made and put us in the Garden of Eden. Life is not refreshing without nature and homes. Wherever we are and whoever we are go, we need to go back to nature and our homes to refresh and recharge. Disconnect from all electronic gadgets and make time for families and connect with nature to enjoy the beauty of the creation and sap the elixir of life and its deep worthwhile meaning. Jesus was always with his parents and with nature - the Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, his father's carpenter shop, in the Sea of Galilee. "Jesus went to Mount Olives” (John 8:1).
Writer Dana Diak writes about her home in Poland after a long separation from it. Rogowo is one of the smallest villages in Poland where the life style is stress-free and one can find tranquility there. It was a small, 2 bedroom home with a large kitchen. In this little house, 7 healthy children were born and raised by 2 parents and a grandmother. We had everything we needed - a healthy environment and nutritious meals. The air and the birds are different here, the grass look greener, the sun is warmer, and the sky is lower. It has been 19 years since I left Rogowo, and I still call it my home sweet home - the place where I still feel loved and missed, and I know that if ever I needed anything, I would find help there. It gives me a sense of comfort and I gain so much strength from my visits. It clarifies my thoughts and reminds me of what is really important in life. No matter where I might live, my roots will always be in Rogowo. The purpose of these journeys is to see my parents, brothers, sisters, and friends, to reconnect with them and nature. There is no other source in my life to recharge and regain my energy. A price can’t be put on these experiences; they are so beautiful.”
“The tree of life was on each side of the river. It produces fruit 12 times a year, once each month. The leaves of the tree are for healing of all nations” (Revelation 22:2).
Prayer : Jesus, give us the opportunity to immerse in your creations - nature, the plants, birds, animals, water bodies, open sky, stars, planets, and even the celestial virtues. Let the earth belong to all, not to a wealthy few but access to all. Let the people who are away from their families be reunited. Let us feel and live as one family, one earth and one God. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Thursday, 28th April 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