Saturday, 29 May 2021
"She Would Never Know" (aka "Sunbae, Don't Put On That Lipstick") - some thoughts [SPOILER ALERT]
Tuesday, 25 May 2021
The Lord’s Prayer - "Your will be done" (23 May 2021)
We had viewed episode 2 of The Chosen Season 2 on Saturday night and while we were contemplating the meaning of "Your will be done" during our family time on Sunday, it suddenly struck me that allowing God's will to be done in our lives would mean giving up our own plans and following His plans. [spoiler alert] That was exactly what Nathaniel went through as he sat under the fig tree watching his architectural plans for the temple he had wanted to build go up in flames, literally! And how he sobbed, and rent his clothes, and sprinkled ashes on his head...[end of spoiler] the grief is real.
A broken bowl...
A broken world...
People are broken
Relationships are broken
But the Creator
picks up the broken pieces
He puts them back
"Why is He taking so long?"
we sometimes wonder
"Is He doing anything at all?"
we may even ask
"Where is He when we need Him?"
we hear many cry
But He has a plan
to restore the world
to repair each person
to reconcile every relationship
His ways are mysterious
His timing perfect
So we go to the Creator
to be healed
to be filled
to be used
As His holy vessels
His glory revealed
Tuesday, 18 May 2021
The Lord’s Prayer - "Your Kingdom come" (16 May 2021)
Sunday, 9 May 2021
The Lord’s Prayer - "hallowed be Your Name" (9 May 2021)
The definition of the word 'hallowed' includes 'holy', 'revered', and 'honoured'. There are various versions of this phrase and one of them in particular is, "May your holy name be honoured" (Good News Translation).
So when we pray for God's name to be honoured, it is not only a declaration of our reverence for His holy name, but also an expression of our hope that all peoples, tribes and tongues will one day know and honour Him as we do. This phrase thus encapsulates the two most important commandments (Mark 12:30-31) - to love God as well as to love our neighbours!
The Jews believe that God's name is too holy to be spoken and thus replace it with the tetragram YHWH. Although it is true that God is our Friend (James 2:23) and Brother (Mark 3:34-35), we have to be careful that we do not take God's grace and love for granted and forget the fear of the Lord.
In fact, all our actions should be governed by it. Joseph is a good example of how one can even set aside deep-seated emotions and desires like anger, bitterness, self-righteousness and revenge, in order to put God and His purposes first.
In addition to our physical well-being, our emotional and mental health are also tied to a proper awe and reverence of God.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8)
The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm. (Proverbs 19:23)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
However, it is not enough to merely fear God. We also need to know Him. And it is only through experiencing Him that we learn to know His voice (John 10:27). We shared with one another the ways we each experience God most intimately:
- He speaks to us when we worship Him through music and the arts
- He reveals Himself to us when we read His Word
- He communes with us when we spend time chatting with Him
- He shows us His ways through people and circumstances around us
- He sends insights, revelations, ideas and solutions whenever we seek and ask
Hallowed be Your Name, o Lord! And may our reverence for You lead others to also honour Your Name.Check out other insights we received about The Lord's Prayer: