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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

PSALM 149: "PRAISE THE LORD" by Cynthia Abegail


ALL CREATURES PRAISE THE LORD!!!

God is our Creator!  Without God in our life, we are non-existent.  Our presence
is based on God's power to create and annihilate.  But God is loving, He does not
like any man to be lost.  He gave us free will to choose whether to love Him or
not.  Yet, why will we not?

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“Our Father”. The greatest prayer: Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

 Our Father


There are special characteristics of our Father.  A father is loving and compassionate.  As we can feel, our Heavenly Father   is always by our side.  He never abandon us despite of our sinfulness.



Our Father always provides!  We only have to trust Him with all of our hearts.  Sometimes, we do not see his works, but just the sending of angels to us especially if we are in danger is already of great help.  As we are not battling with enemies in the flesh but of evil spirits in the wicked places, our beloved God endured that we are covered.




Our Father forgives us unlimited times as long as we repent of our sins and come back to Him.  God knows that we are sinners and we are all weak and vulnerable.  He gives us chances to amend our lives.  God’s Mercy is deeper than the ocean and higher than the heavens.  All are baffled by unconditional mercy of our Almighty Father.




Our Father is just!  He is loving but just at the same time.  We also incur the consequences of sin.  His love involves discipline.  Our Father likes us to move from being wayward and wild children to be righteous and loving heirs to His Kingdom.




Praise be to God Almighty Father!

THE FLOWERS IN A MEADOW: POEM BY ARIANNA ROSE PHILIP


THE FLOWERS IN THE MEADOW: ARIANNA ROSE PHILIP


THE FLOWERS IN THE MEADOW
*********
A LIMERICK
ARIANNA ROSE PHILIP
I WAS WALKING IN THE MEADOW

AND I SAW A FLOWER THAT WAS YELLOW

IT STARTED TO RAIN

AND IT FELT LIKE JELLO

THEN THE RAIN STOPPED

AND ALL NEW FLOWERS POPPED

AND ON MY WAY HOME
I THOUGHT OF A FUNNY FELLOW
********

Copyright: Arianna Rose Philip




A poem with a scent of freshness and innocence!  A young gifted poet, Arianna is granddaughter of
Chief Editor of New World publications, George Kurian and she is also the daughter of Anisha Kurian- Philip and Mr Philip.  Excellent poem).  Cynthia Abegail
ARIANNA  LOVES TO DEDICATE THIS POEM TO ANIL KURIAN, HER UNCLE
ON HIS BIRTHDAY FEBRUARY 22nd. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAR UNCLE.



What a Colour!


MISTRY SPOTS FORWARDED BY ABRAHAM G









 

 

 

 

THANKS TO ABRAHAM, G

FOR THIS LOVELY PIECE

OF ART! WONDERFUL...

CAN YOU FIND A FACE?


Labels: Abraham G. republished

LOVELY DEER FORWARDED BY ABRAHAM G






















JUST LOVELY! WE SEE THE GRACEOF GOD BY LOOKING AT THESE DEER...

SOBER CREATURES OF GOD!!!

(THANKS ABRAHAM G) NEW WORLD

REPENTANCE IS THE KEY: REFLECTION FORWARDED BY PRAYER AID

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. Isa. 30:13

The more we come to God as sinners, the deeper will we feel His love surround us. Let us pray today, for the grace to be sensitive to the smallest sin in our life. Any sin, however small, will offend the sacred heart of Jesus. The prodigal son, the tax collector, Zacchaeus and others understood the value of repentance deeply and so also experienced being deeply loved. The more we confess our sin and experience the forgiving love of God, the greater will we experience the love of God. Let us spend time today, asking the Sacred heart of Jesus to forgive us.
(Thanks to Jane Pimenta for stressing the importance of repentance in our lives.
God's mercy is deeper than the ocean!  Excellent).  New World


THE FISHERMAN AT SEA FORWARDED BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL








THE FISHERMAN AT SEA

The tranquil water that never gushes though ripples
Slowly encircles his boat as if to delight his journey
It was dawn yet trickles of bare sunlight touched
His brawny arms quite dark brown and so tanned.
But face is quite gaunt, eyes sharp yet darkened O'
Lips parched dry as the heavy winds blew across---
The sails that was carefully mended by his wife
Yesterday as she farewelled him with tears and
So much hope that he return safe on the ebb of
Each night for she knows how valiant his man
Courage within his blood and fearless at all cost!
Cast his net at the right moment as fishes danced
Across the deep blue sea, yonder leaped to free,
Yet the fisherman's will overcame and hauled!
The day was long, the sea turned rough, not still
But he's not a man who worries about the gales,
Since gales piece and form his life---adventure!
No adversity will ruin his composure, so whiff
Rowed quickly back towards the shore but O'
Miles of distance; valiantly stiffen the sail and
As winds came from nowhere, he uttered Abba
Help me, Aye the old fisherman is sturdy---
Yet humble enough to ask! Steadily the boat
Moved determined to win this battle with
Violent gust of wind, and that's why he will
return again tomorrow to the sea: but today,
He will wipe his wife's tears and rejoice for
The harvest is plenty; the fisherman utters,
Thank you God yesterday, today it matters!

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Monday, October 19, 2020

“If you gain the whole world and lose your soul” Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

Yes, sometimes, the allure of the world could dazzle us!  Power, wealth, beauty and the like seems diamonds to one’s eyes.  On second thought, what could it bring to us?  Could it save our souls?  


We are not saying that wealth in itself is inherently bad.  It’s what you do with your wealth that will affect your relationship with God.  If one is rich, and richness could be a provision of God so that that person could help the poor, why not?  It’s only when that wealth of yours becomes your obsession for yourself, to satisfy your interests only and not of the needy and the helpless, that’s where it becomes evil in itself!  When your wealth becomes your preoccupation and you forget God and just use your wealth to oppress the poor and just simply dabble with it, then wealth becomes your god.  



Another point is the love of beauty!  Beauty in itself is a gift of God.  But when you trample that beauty with superficial plastic surgery to even become more beautiful (a delusion), then the seeking of beauty becomes your mini-god.  You literally make beauty and vanity your obsession, the most important thing in the world, which replaces God in your heart, then it becomes perilous for your soul.



The third point is the misuse of power.  If the power one abides is power coming from the Holy Spirit, not a problem!  But if the power one seeks is the power from the other one which blindeth to the truth that God must be the Centre of one’s life, that’s where the chaos starts.  The only Power one must recognise is the power of God Almighty and nothing else.  For the sovereignty of God is absolute!  No other power must we abide and trust.  



Let us save our souls by focusing on God alone and making God our number one in our hearts.  God did not promise that we will not have suffering on earth because that suffering makes us closer to Jesus, the Son of God.  But God promised, He will get us through, help us at all times if we abide in Him fully, sincerely and totally.



Praise God forever and ever!

Cynthia Abegail

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GOD IS LOVE: REFLECTION FORWARDED BY JANE PIMENTA

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 1 John 4:16-17 by Jane Pimenta
To encourage us, God reveals over and over again through His Word that He is Love! With this in mind, when things go wrong for us, when friends let us down, when our days seem to be filled with turmoil, let us continually repeat “God is Love” When our prayers remain unanswered, let us say “God is Love” In every situation happy or sad, let us affirm “God is Love” As we go on repeating this, in our hearts and even loudly, our confidence in God will increase, His grace will flow into our hearts, and we will follow His leading. In this lies our comfort and peace.


(Such a deep and moving reflection from our Jane Pimenta! Excellent! Thanks
Jane). New World

Have Faith in God: Reflection by Cynthia Abegail


"Next morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered to the roots.  Peter remembered, 'Look Rabbi, he said to Jesus, the fig tree that you cursed has withered away.'  Jesus answered, 'Have faith in God.  In truth, I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, "Be pulled up and thrown into the sea with no doubt in his heart, but believing what he says will happen, it will be done for him.  I tell you, therefore, everything you ask and pray for, believe that you have it already and it will be yours.  And when you stand in prayer, forgive whatever you have against anybody, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your failings, too."  Mk 11: 20-25



One that we have to fear only:  God.   For God as the King of heaven and earth can do anything!  God's mercy alone could seal our life here and after.  It was very clear:  Have faith in God.  That means have faith not in money, not in human or any other power, not in any endeavour, not in vanity or pride or vices or works of the flesh but have faith in God alone!





But our faith sometimes is conditional.  When we are happy, we have faith.  When we have good times and have plenty of money, then we have faith.  No!  We should have faith in joy and in sorrow, in plenty and in want, in peace and in chaos.




Life could be complicated at times, but we are the one who makes it complex.  It is just simple, we need something---we pray to God.  If we believe that it will be given to us, then it will be given.  We ask ourselves, "How do I know if God will give it to me?"  That is an attitude of pride and sense of security.  God gives to the person who has 100 percent faith, one who begs like a child to his father.  Then he ask, Why do I need to beg?  Pride again!  Of course, we have to beg!  We are not the Owner of the Universe.  It's our Heavenly Father, God the Father!  So we ask, we beg and since we are His children, He will grant us.  But wait, if we love our Heavenly Father we have to trust Him unconditionally, isn't it?





It is not enough to say that we love God!  We have to prove our love by complete trust and surrender to Him.  Have faith, there is no way!  Faith and love and hope...

In Jesus Holy Name,
Amen


Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

“None of us lives for himself” Reflection by Cynthia Abegail


“None of us lives for himself and none of us died for himself; while we are alive, we are living for the Lord, and when we die, we die for the Lord: and so alive or dead, we belong to the Lord.  It was for this purpose that Christ both died and came to life again:  so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.  (Romans 14: 7-9).


We do not live for ourselves but firstly for the Lord.  From the time we wake up, we thank the Lord that we are still alive.  When we eat, we give thanks to the Lord for his provision.  When we drive, we ask the Lord to protect us.  Before we sleep, we pray to God that He will protect us from things that are not of His Kingdom.



We do not abuse our bodies because those belong to the Lord.  No matter what we do, we glorify Him.  It’s not a matter of being free or not.  It’s a matter of giving credit to one’s Creator.  We will not be here if not for the Lord, so what can we boast of?  We are not here by accident.  There is a purpose for our lives:  To love God with all of our minds, hearts and souls and with all of our might!  And to love our neighbours as ourselves!



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