May 13th, 2007

Hosokawa Gracia

Daily Bread - Luke 13:31-35

Daily Bread

Title: Jesus' Love for Jerusalem
Luke 13:31-35
Key Verse 34

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!"

Only a patient and loving heart could say such words. Only one full of grace could still care for an enemy. God's people killed the messengers that God sent, yet what did God do? He did not destroy them out of anger or forsake them forever. No, He sent His Son to go and take their evil, their sins, the curse of their hatred and rebellion upon himself on a tree and pay the price for them.

Where Jesus began this verse by reflecting on all the evil Jerusalem had done and probably thinking on what it would do to him, he did not end his words in anger or despair. No, he spoke kind and gentle words of the grace he had for them, if they would only come. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and his will, the Will of God, is that people - God's creations - would turn and follow him. He promises to guide his sheep to still waters and to green pastures. He does not want to snag us and enslave us but to free us and bless us richly.

In remembering Jesus' love, let us seek to have an attitude like this -- the love that is longsuffering, kind, and hopeful. With this mindset, we can serve and help others, even if the work is very hard. See all the work that Jesus did in this passage! Love and laziness did not go hand in hand. Let's also work hard and feed his sheep, as he asks!

On this day, let us also praise and bless our mothers who love us! I know my mom has given me sooo much love over the years and I want to thank her ^__^ She suffered a lot to keep me safe when I was young and liked to wander around^^ She listens to me anytime I feel like talking. Even now, when I am far away, she now supports me with prayer so I can get through these long days! She is a super mom ^-^ Happy Mother's Day to her!

One Word: Love that is patient and merciful
Jehoshabeath

Sunday, finals week (and fun)

Remembrance and Looking Forward
In church this morning, we studied the Passover meal in Luke chapter 22. The disciples were told to take the bread and cup in remembrance of Jesus. So, as we partake of Communion and remember what Christ did, let us not only look back, but forward. He died and rose and will be returning, this time in power and great glory. As we prepare ourselves for each Communion with much care and anticipation, looking back on what has been done, so let us prepare ourselves each day as we look forward to what is to come.

Cramming for Finals
I am munching on grape nerds and up to page 265 of the lecture notes. One quarter of the notes to go in this notebook and I can move on to review the textbook, homework, and readings. I need to get myself up early tomorrow so I can study till 5:00. It's then that I need to get to campus and help grade the final exams for the class I assist. After I return, I need to finish writing my two final papers. I will hand them in the following day. Tomorrow will be a long day.

Miscellaneous stuff
I do have to have some fun during finals week, though! So, I have an icon from Jaws to amuse me :p Can you hear the line go *click*...*click-click*? I also created a silly away message yesterday:

public class DinnerTime{
String result = MakeDinner(Perogies, Broccoli, Hotdog);
if (result == Tasty){
SMILE();
}
public MakeDinner(Ingredient a, b, c){
String myDinner;
Boolean PanIsHot = True;
while (PanIsHot == True){
myDinner = myDinner + a;
myDinner = myDinner + b;
myDinner = myDinner + c;
}
return myDinner;
}
}

Ok, ok, so there is no way to change the Boolean in that loop and not all my variables are properly declared and initialized, but, well, you get the idea^^

Key Verse for Next Year
If I am still in the same frame of mind in seven months (when I am a graduate from this world called school!!), then my key verse for the following year will be Jeremiah 31:33. That would make my key verse one from Jeremiah two years in a row!! :)

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Aww, now that I am on livejournal, I don't want to return to studying!!
Jehoshabeath

School life...work...future...

I am tired of the school life. Where I study and study, devoting my all to a vision that vanishes within a few passes of the moon. Some say I should not devote so much to my semester classes, but I cannot help it. I cannot hold back my most sincere efforts. It's just the way I am.

I want to work hard and have it count for something more than a letter on a report. I want to bend my back into it, heave up the weight, and move mountains. I want my feet to have sores and my hands to be red with the work and sleep soundly through the night.

God has called me, and like Abraham, I come to the land. First I had to open my eyes and see it. Now I can come to know Him and pray for His will to be made clear as it was to our father Abraham. He has promised that He has Good Work for me, work that has been in His eye from before time began. Show me, Lord God. Speak, for your servant is listening. Make the way by opening doors that are right and closing doors that are not. Teach me to feed your lambs and continually fill me with Your Spirit so I might seek Your goodness above all the fading things of the world. You hold beauty, righteousness, and life both now and forever. Make me strong these days when I am so easily thrown into fear and remind me of Your presence.

While I cannot see God, I know He is.

Anyone who looks at my life can see that I have changed - and it is not a surface change. The God who made me is finally able to fulfill His work in me because I seek Him and accept Him. I am learning day by day, little by little. These are steps along the path, though it seems so often that I am standing still.

While I may not know what is in store for me tomorrow, I can sleep at night knowing that my name is not blotted out of the book of life. (Luke 10:20)