Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: "I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU COMFORTLESS. I WILL COME TO YOU.”(JOHN 14:18)
Are you an unwanted and lonely girl/boy in recess?
Loneliness and the feeling of unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” Mother Teresa. Loneliness of the children breeds bully’s and terrorists in the schools and the society. The fetes of unloved and unwanted pregnancies is the starting point of loneliness of a child. The ripples of loneliness never stop till it hits on the shores of catastrophe. The people who are feeling ‘”I alone” and I could not see any one near by with a kind word, a smile, a touch, a hand shake , call for a meal, a few steps of walk, call for a game, good time for a fun will at last fade in to nowhere and step into the world of silence and shadow of darkness. Who bothers for them ? There are millions of children waiting to hear a word of comradeship.. If we wide open our eyes then we can see plenty of lonely birds at the corner of a play ground and rooms in the schools. We are good in the crowd and inclined to move with them. But are you have the prick of consciousness of the people those who have no opportunity to be in the mass?. By your simple un priced, a kindly look, a word could change the world of lonely from the bottom of the despair to the pinnacle of happiness.
There is a loving God who cares for the lonely. Loneliness is the first things which God’s eyes named , not good-John Milton. Then the God said, “ It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make e a helper who is just right for him.”(Genesis 2:18) Ministering in the world , Jesus was with the marginalized: children, widows, orphans, sinners, prostitutes, crippled, lepers, demon possessed, our castes, tax collectors. He intended his disciples also to do so. Where are we?
Recess is the 20 precious minutes to play, dodge punches, be shunned in the school. If you are a popular kid, it is glimmer vacation fro the school day. If you are an outcaste, it is torture chamber. It is the wilderness outside the protective wires of orderly desks, mechanical pencil sharpeners and paroling adults. McNamara who started the Niagara Recess Project, to turn recess in to summer camp. Where older kids act like councillors, leading the wee ones in organised games. The volunteers are told” to look out the kids no one is playing with and to start a games with them.” The mentor says,” I scan the school ground, looking for targets. Sure enough, there she sits up against the school wall in her purple snowsuit, utterly alone. My heart aches just watching her.” She continues, “ I missed the girl in the purple snowsuit. Did someone come over and play with her in the moments before the bell, or did she gather herself up quietly and slip back in to the safety of class unnoticed.” She herself was a victim of bullies in the school. In her 6 birthday party at an indoor roller skating hall , McNamara fell and smashed the back of her head. Hs lost 90 % of her hearing. She does remember throwing her hearing aids out with her lunch one day ay school, after kids teased her about them.
Do you have any scars from grade school? Now act to wipe the scars of others by reaching out at their loneliness.
Prayer: Jesus, you are the true companion in our loneliness and scars. Let our children be wanted and loved by the teachers and friends. Let us in search of the lonely and be a comforter. Give us the good heart to find time to be a companion for the lonely and the marginalized. Let our children be the volunteers in the schoosl to help the helpless and lonely.
All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
- 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