Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will perfect and complete needing nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
Struck by cancer, yet happy and smiling.
Medical Science is yet to come out with a cure for cancer. The diagnosis of any sickness is not happy news for any patients, especially the ones suspected of cancer. But they can always find joy in Christ in these difficult times by drawing nearer to the Lord and through people who come to them and love them during their sickness. 14 years of remission from lung cancer, Janet, the nurse feels blessed to have the new opportunity to help people who are in different stages of sickness, physically and spiritually. Simply being in the room of a patent is a positive and uplifting experience. Get close to them, care for them, but never give advice. Listen. Be there for them and offer to help them. Offering to take them for their appointments, spending time with them and just letting them know that your care makes a big difference. It's important to touch and give a big hug to the patient. Let our community and churches have the support group for patients to show that we share, care and love them.
Salome is in her early 50’s with four children and grandchildren. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at an advanced stage. She is being treated at the Trivandrum Regional Cancer Centre for chemo and radiation. She has lost all her hair and is still under medication. She stays in her house with the support of her family, friends and church members. She welcomes all her visitors with a big smile and says that she has full confidence in Jesus to see her through this ordeal. She says, “I forget all my pain and sickness when you all come and be with me. Your presence and support encourage me to go on."
Prayer: Jesus, let all cancer patients be healed with your loving touch. We pray for all the support groups and individuals who are in the ministry of physical and spiritual healing. Let all the patients have the courage, confidence and hope like Salome. Let us find opportunities to help and support them. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Friday 9th March 2012
- 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