Today with Jesus
- Today's Bible verse
"Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honourable in the sight of all. (Roman 12:17)
The indomitable spirit of a mother to help the killers" clan of her son.
People are in the mood for retaliation and revenge. That is the order of the day. So it is a never ending saga of enmity and killing and bloodshed in all the lands of earth even into the holy sanctuaries of churches, temples and mosques. In essence, the human beings are in the order of deceleration of civilization and seem to be going back and shrinking into the amoebic single-cell creature of origin. Revenge begets revenge. This understanding never makes man to change his ill-conceived character of tit for tat. Only the spirit of God can do the difference. That is hovering on earth to descend onto whoever is listening to his voice of love. There are still a few welcoming it and applying it in their lives. The families, churches and nations at large, our own civilization and life exist by this kind of loving species. In Mathew 5:39, Jesus says, -But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If somebody strike you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. In Proverb 20:22, David advises, Do not say, "I will repay evil; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
Sally Goodrich lost her son, Peter along with dozens of men and women on 11th September 2001 (9/11) on board a routine flight from Boston to Los Angles which disappeared into a ball of flames in the sky by the terrorist attack of Al Qaida operating from Afghanistan under the master plan and direction of Bin Laden. Peter was a fragile, dreamy boy who suffered from dyslexia, but he graduated with high honours in math from Bates College in 1989, and he was a strapping 61 track star whod made it in All-American six times. He impressed everyone not just with his brilliance but his generosity and warmth. He couldnt pass a homeless person on the street without giving him money. In April 2006, Sara, the 61 year old mother of Peter paid a visit to Afghanistan that changed her life. She dedicated her life for the education of young girls in that land from where the operation of her son's death was plotted and meticulously executed. She herself raised $236,000 to build a beautiful and well-equipped school in Afghanistan. Sally and her husband Don, have dedicated their lives for the welfare of girls on their sons killers' land or the enemy land. She says , When Im in Afghanistan, I feel like Im in Peter mode. I feel connected to him. Im fortunate to be there. Anyone whos in pain should have the experience of being plunked down in a place where everyone is heartbroken.
Prayer: Jesus, let us love all. Remove all killings, mayhem and bloodshed in budding generation. We pray for a profound change in the mind-set of all terrorists including Al-Qaida. We pray for all the young girls who are not in a position to get quality education in a free atmosphere. We pray for bold activists like Sara and Don. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Tuesday, 21st June 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