“And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.” Matt 28:20
This was one of my last paintings before i sprained my right wrist and thumb. Now i can’t even hold a pen, much less a brush, without experiencing agonising pain. What a reminder from God to me to never take anything for granted.
When i first spotted this small beautiful church, with the cross on its steeple reaching up to the clear blue sky, i knew that i had to paint it. My eyes were irresistibly drawn heavenward, towards the cross, to God. Immediately, i felt at peace.
With a world that is constantly changing and becoming saturated with more sad than good news, Faith becomes a rock that stabilises me. And Hope flickers on in a time of darkness.
“Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.” Psalm 31:3
“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36
God’s note: A rare local Buffy Fish Owl.
Mid-autumn festival is also known as Mooncake Festival. The locals here sometimes call it Lantern Festival. Whatever the name might be, the month-long celebration in the Lunar calendar is filled with food, get-togethers and festivities.
When we were young, mooncakes would be sold only once a year at this time. We used to carry our lit handmade lanterns and pay visits from house to house. We were rewarded with chestnuts, mooncakes and pomelos. There were memorable events like lantern-guessing riddles where we could win prizes too.
In this current time, while we are facing uncertainty amidst the unrest all over the world, God continues to bless us with festivals and joyful moments to cheer our hearts. Like a good father to his beloved children. By Ben
How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices,
They shout joyfully together;
For they will see with their own eyes
When the Lord restores Zion Isaiah 52:7-8
“He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. ” Gen 28:12
Climbing up a staircase takes some effort, going up a narrow and spiraled one is even harder. So is our daily struggle to reach heaven, step by step, with the Grace of God.
Going down a slide takes no effort; we just let gravity do its job. Giving up or letting go in our endeavour to lead Christian lives is also an easy slide that leads us everywhere but Heaven.
Dear Lord, please give us the strength to carry our crosses every day after You. Amen.
An interesting wall that I came across last week:
It’s a reminder of the Holy Spirit’s untiring effort in working within us.
We are a work-in-progress, if we are willing, until we are ready to be offered as an aromatic cup of morning coffee for the Lord. By Ben
Therefore beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not when I am near to you only, but now when I am far from you, all the more, with awe and with trembling, do the service of your life. For God is carefully working in you both to desire and to do that thing which you desire. Phil 2:12-13
Which fruits are real? This, of course, is pretty obvious.
Not so with the world today. Everything seems rather vague and ambiguous. Photographs can be faked or enhanced. News can be dubious. Even people seem unreal, what with all the camouflage and facades we put on.
It takes a discerning eye and a discerning spirit to tell me what to believe, what is true and what is good. That’s why i need God to grant me the spiritual gift of discernment, to tell good from evil, to read below the surface and to see the untainted truth.
I need Him to help me make the right Godly decisions in my life.
Teach me good discernment and knowledge,
For I believe in Your commandments. Psalm 119:66 (NASB)
Godnote: This post was supposed to be put up yesterday, but after publishing it, it simply disappeared! It neither appeared on the Blog nor the Reader. After prayer this morning, we managed to put it up again. So much for discernment. Praise be to God!
“Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones…
My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord
Or loathe His reproof,
For whom the Lord loves He reproves,
Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
And the man who gains understanding.
Prov 3:7-8 , 11-13 (NASB)