Letter to a young niece from her gray-haired uncle.
1 April 2008
My Sweet Joann,
It is Spring. A lovely time of the year. When buds blossom and birds sing sweetly in the trees. Hope this brings joy to your heart. May your hope too blossom.
It might have been hard for you to have suffered losses in the past. But the God of hope will not leave you hopeless. … Read the rest
Jesus carried his cross. It was the burden he took for you and me. At the same time he asked each one of us to carry our cross too. What does this mean? It means that the more you carry your cross the more you walk close to Jesus.
Without the cross there cannot be any gospel. Jesus was clear about the fact that in this world we would have … Read the rest
When God called Moses He appeared to him in flames of fire from within a burning bush. That was God’s attention-grabber. When Moses saw that the bush was not burned up though it was on fire he went to investigate. When God saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him (Ref. Exodus 3:1–4).
So it is important to give attention when God puts up attention-grabbers on … Read the rest
“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning” — Luke 12:35 NIV
The time to sleep is over. The time has come to be alert and awake. Your Master is coming. Will He find you dressed ready? If not, you may go naked and be shamefully exposed (Revelation 16:15). To avoid it, you have to put on the armor of light. For that you need to put away … Read the rest
God loves a pure heart. But it is impossible to have one by your own effort. Even then you are encouraged to pray, “Create in me a pure heart, O God!” This prayer will surely be answered. But the answer won’t come in a gift wrap. Instead it comes through battling in prayer. You need to hold on to God like Jacob did when he wrestled with God, alone in … Read the rest
Empty spaces in life seem long and painful. They break us. But it seems that empty spaces are one of God’s select methods of dealing with His children. In that sense empty spaces do have meaning and purpose in your life. It proves that you are God’s child and valued in His eyes. In all likelihood God is answering prayers of your early years through these empty spaces. But its … Read the rest
(For All Who Consider Themselves Failures, the Story of Peter)
There is a sadness when a fire dies. Till then it was licking flames. It was brilliant. It gave light and warmth. But as you watch, slowly the glow fades. But then you suddenly shudder. It is not the fire outside. But it is in you. It is dying.
The cold. How did it get in? How did it blow … Read the rest
(Based on Luke 24:13–35 / The Emmaus Road Experience)
They said: “But we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” This is the story of failed expectations. And this is the road that you and I walk often.
First of all, this is the story of the resurrection experience becoming real to two people. For them, the fact that Jesus was risen was hearsay. … Read the rest
The Wise Man’s Business
“What is your great business in life?” If you ask Jesus this question, this will still be His answer: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV). To God, the salvation of men and women is the chief concern. He, sending His beloved Son Jesus to this world … Read the rest
Esther was taken to a foreign country along with captives of war. She was very young then. To add to the difficulty she lost her father and mother too. She became an orphan.
Her beginnings in life were not promising at all. Today, many girls find themselves in much more difficult situations is life. Can there be hope for them? Can it be that there is something worthwhile to live … Read the rest