Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
"The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearances, but the Lord looks at the heart.”- 1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT)
Clownish face of my wife after her surgery - "I like it," he says. “It’s kind of cute.”
Beauty is blind. Vanity is hilarious, because just as soon as you think you are looking good, sexy and worthy of the cover of People magazine, along comes a life lesson to make you realize that beauty really lies in the eyes of the beholder. What is on the outside is not nearly as important as what is on the inside. The wisest Solomon says, "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting.”
Saul was tall and handsome; he was an impressive looking man. Samuel may have been trying to find someone who looked like Saul to be the next king, but God warned him against judging by appearance alone. Appearance does not reveal what people are really like or what their true value is.
A young woman lies on a bed, her face post operative, her mouth twisted in palsy; clownish. A tiny twig of the facial nerve, the one to the muscles of her mouth, has been severed. She will be thus be like this from now on. Her young husband is in the room. He stands on the opposite side of the bed, and together they seem to dwell in the evening lamp light, isolated from the surgeon. “Who are they, the surgeon asks himself , “he and this wry-mouth I have made, who look and touch each other so generously and greedily.”
“Will my mouth always be look this?” she asks.
“Yes,” the surgeon says, “it is because the nerve was cut.”
She nods and is silent. But the young man smiles. “I like it,” he says. “ It is kind of cute.”
All at once the surgeon says, "I know who he is." I understand, and I lower my gaze. One is not bold in an encounter with God. Unmindful, he bends to kiss her crooked mouth, and I am so close I can see how he twists his own lips to accommodate her, to show her that their kiss still works.”
Prayer: Jesus let us see the inner beauty of our partners. Let us love them when they are disfigured or lose their beauty. Let us have the eyes of God to look on human beings for their inner values and beauty. We pray for all the women undergoing surgery and its aftermath. Let husbands love their wives under all circumstances. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Sunday, 3rd June 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