Because a marriage between two people is a marriage between two families 💑 We are grateful to the Lord for having been deeply loved by our parents & families from the time we were born, to this time when we are about to enter into marriage, and eventually build our own family. We love you. ❤ Thank you for watering a million seeds of love within us. We've learned to love because you first loved us. Praises, glory, and thanksgiving to our Lord, our ultimate source of love!
What does Jesus' #resurrection mean to me?
Growing up in #Sunday school, and in an #evangelical community, I've been taught a lot of things about his resurrection--it means that #Jesus is alive, he did not remain dead after being crucified on the #cross; that his sacrifice was indeed accepted, justified by the Father; that he conquered death which is the penalty of our sins; that he ascended into heaven, seated at the right hand of God the Father and will come again to judge the living and the dead; that it is an assurance or claim for all #Christians that we are not worshiping a dead king; and many more. These have been widely taught among Christians so much so that the resurrection became a truth to which we must all agree, we must all accept. It is also the kind of truth that dictates how we should look at the future.
As I walk through my faith journey, I realized that Jesus' resurrection could mean a lot more to one's life than what we've been taught in Sunday school, or in #EasterSunday sermons. I have learned that his resurrection means immortalizing his life in me in the here and now, believing and practicing his teachings, perpetually seeking his views and ways around things or issues, hoping that his causes contain the answers in restoring our relationship with God and with one another, and believing that all these would impact our lives and this world eternally. Perhaps, it's one way of saying that a person, even after dying, lives on forever.
This way, I can say that Jesus has resurrected, that he is a risen lord in my heart, and that his life, his selfless and inclusive #love manifested through his death on the cross are enough to guide me in my life here on earth, enough to answer some of my questions, enough to keep me hoping and loving.
This stance helps me to be grounded, to center my #faith on what Jesus did, taught, and lived for throughout his life here on earth. And this would not cause me to be shaken or affected if ever in the days to come, this world would debunk the great story of resurrection and say that Jesus has not risen from the dead--just as how we discovered that the earth is round and not flat.
Jesus' seven last words:
Luke 23:34: Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.
Luke 23:43: Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.
John 19:26–27: Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.
Matthew 27:46: My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
John 19:28: I thirst.
John 19:30: It is finished.
Luke 23:46: Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
Had a meaningful Good Friday with the Palmera Springs Christian Church, and Camarin-Christian Reformed Church.
Thank you, Jesus for the suffering and death you bore that we may have life.
Sharing my partial collection of verses and #mantras 😊 They're a wonderful mix of wisdom/insights from the books I've been reading recently: the #Bible, 'Five Voices, Five Faiths: An Interfaith Primer' by authors from five major religious traditions, and 'The Seeds of Love: Growing Mindful Relationships' by a Buddhist author.
Recently, the Spirit seems to be leading me in a faith path that allows me to look deeper into my worldview (that includes my religious beliefs), and how this worldview affects my character, and the way I see and treat others/my 'kapwa'. The revelations are deeply humbling.
Reading an #interfaith primer book has opened me to others' beliefs, & I would say that it's not just about having plain tolerance or willingness to understand the other four #faith traditions. It demanded from me the same level of respect and honor that I am willing to give my own tradition. I've realized how arrogant I/we have been in the past decades/centuries deeply holding the belief that only a certain group of people (i.e. those who belong in the same religion/religious sector or denomination/faith-based community as how we understand it) were privileged to know God, the Truth, salvation, etc. This sense of self-entitlement has brought so much indifference, and even conflicts, between & among peoples of this world.
On the other hand, Jerry Braza's book teaches me the #Buddhist practice of 'mindful living', which to me, won't give any #Christian an excuse to not bear the fruits of the Spirit. His profound collection of insights in the book springs from a generous heart that offers the world practical ways of growing good relationships which can be easily anchored to one's faith. It's an invitation to practice, just as the apostle Paul has urged Christians to train theirselves for godliness, 'coz it's never easy. It requires both discipline & constant practice.
I am amazed how God can wonderfully weave together these threads of wisdom to form a tapestry of one's #spirituality. Many threads are still lying loose, some still missing, but thank God he's forming the 'patience' part of His obra to help me not lose sight of what is yet to come. ❤