Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
"Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”
Pure love makes daughter and son-in-law to take care of the bedridden mother without the assistance of any paid caregivers.
Old age is blessed as long as there are loving children to take care. The only solution for aging problems in today's world is to ease the financial burden and the concerns of the children, which can be done by looking after our parents as the Bible says. There is no justification to abandoning our parents and no Christian who is destined to eternity will dare to neglect his/her parents by throwing away the whole life's labour- heaven. Children cannot be substituted by caregivers. Money will come and go, but not parents and eternity. Materialism and self-indulgence are the root cause for the abandonment and paid caregivers of the aged. This can be solved only by the first love in Jesus that begins at home. The adage “Charity begins at home” is still applicable.
Varghese, an engineer and Ammini, a teacher are an ideal well settled couple in Madars. They are also blessed with highly educated children well settled in Canada and in Kerala. His bed-ridden mother-in-law has been ailing for the last few years and depends on others to do all her chores. Without any complaints or fuss, the retired couple take care of her 24/7 with love and affection. Once I asked Varghese, ”Why don't you employ a caregiver to help you take care of her?" He answered, “Father, no one can do as we do for our mother and we are fully dedicated to her.” What loving children and she's truly a blessed mother!
Prayer: Jesus, let us care for our parents when they need us, especially in their old age. Let us take care of them not just materialistically, but with personal care and love. Let your spirit of love abide with all our children. Let no parents be abandoned in tears. We pray for all the children like Varghese and Ammine who are at the services of their parents. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Thursday, 13th September 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