Verse of the Day
Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:5-6
Food for Thought
Jesus Christ suffered lot of humiliation, worst kind of torture and an extremely painful death on cross side by side with criminals, but he never gave up his mission. During difficult times we sometime blame God for all the bad things that happen to us, sometimes we are ungrateful to God and give up hope, but we must remember the sufferings of Jesus Christ and the sufferings of Job. Many other examples are available in history, where in spite of sufferings, torture and disabilities people never gave up.
We have recent example of Malala Yousafzai, who got Taliban’s bullet right in her head and almost died, yet she continue working for woman education. Helen Keller was deaf and blind, Yet not only she learned sign language, but earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, wrote 12 books and numerous articles, was a fundraiser for the blind, and campaigned for many liberal causes including women’s suffrage and workers’ rights. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. No one would have faulted her for living a quiet life of solitude, given her seemingly insurmountable disability. But she didn’t. Similarly, Beethoven began to lose his hearing at the height of his career and eventually became completely deaf. So, he sawed the legs off his piano so he could set it on the floor and feel the vibrations as he played. His Symphony No. 9, of which he never heard a single note, is one of the best known works of classical music. He could have given in to the suicidal thoughts that overtook him at first and become just another poetic tragedy. But he didn’t. We Christians get our strength from Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit, we just have to move in light of biblical teachings to achieve our destination.
“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail”.