This experience of Job was exactly what I experienced as well. When I called out to God, like Job, I wasn’t on a spiritual high, I was the opposite. Sores covered my body from head to toe. Doctors gave up on me and prescribed the highest immuno-suppressant to me, meaning that my life would be cut years shorter. I gave up on church. Rather, like Job, the church gave up on me because they had their own narrative of my life and faith. My Bible was ripped in two because I kicked it across the floor. I had every reason to give up on God. God had every reason to give up on me. But it was in this place where I uttered out, “I am the righteousness of Christ. You can do exceedingly more than I can ask or imagine.”
Everything changed from that day. … More Job x Jesus
Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist, worked in Wuhan; and when he saw the new coronavirus coming on, attempted to alert the public to the dread disease; but he was quickly silenced by the Wuhan thought police. Li Wenliang, December 30, on WeChat, confirmed that seven cases from the Huanan Seafood Market were coronavirus carriers. But the police demurred… for making comments on the Internet that were absurd. Li Wenliang, on January 12, was taken to the quarantine located in the Wuhan ICU.
An ECMO had been used to rescue him. In short, they tried. But it was all in vain. On February 6, he died.
That’s what the world knows about the hero Li Wenliang. Can I offer something less obvious but perhaps even more thought-provoking? … More A Poem on Dr. Li Wen Liang, the doctor that exposed the Corona Virus, and similarities to heroes during the Black Plague.
A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.
When the Viet Nam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier.
The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.
About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands… … More The Story of a Son
RIP Kobe. Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant has died in a California helicopter crash, reports said Sunday. He was 41. Bryant was among at least four people traveling in his private helicopter over Calabasas when a fire broke out, sending the chopper spiraling from the sky, according to TMZ Sports. I gasped when I first read … More What can we learn from Kobe Bryant’s untimely death? A Christian fan’s perspective.
I love the simplicity of her prayer and the recognition that the real war is spiritual, not physical or political labels. It is also a Christian attitude to pray for your leader even if he is on the “wrong” side of politics. Whichever politics you fall under, always pray for your leaders even if you don’t agree. It is God that changes hearts, especially the hearts of kings. Men cannot. We see this when reading The Life of the Blessed Emperor Constantine by Eusebius Pamphilus. … More Ethiopian Immigrant’s Prayer Goes Viral
The more you have, the more humble you should be. If you don’t feel this way, though you may be rich, you are likely truly poor. This tragedy is also like winning a trophy just to show you are better than others instead of realizing what is infinitely better – the journey to transcend yourself and understanding the deeper meaning of the game itself. … More Under Grace, the more you have, the more humble you should be.
As they say, a heart full of scars is a life full of impactful stories. Life is infinitely richer because what others perceive as mundane can trigger any one of those stories. But our hope is that instead of the scars turning our soul dark and inward-looking, that God can arrange those scars to be perfectly in the right place that it actually makes the heart stronger and souls richer. Those stories are now tools for you to heal others, and not reasons for bitterness or unforgiveness. … More Part 5: Rorschach.
This Abyss, the place of being forgotten, is also the exact place I would find a priceless treasure. What the enemy intended for evil, God can turn it to your good. With God, destroyed foundations can be rebuilt into something bigger, better and can withstand the tests of time. This would be the place that I saw Jesus in a deeper way that I couldn’t appreciate fully over 30 years of being a Christian. You could say that new revelations about Him suddenly brought a newness of relationship with Him, and this newness changed me on the inside, attracted supply and blessings, and purpose started to emerge. … More Part 4: Redemption.
This Abyss, the place of being forgotten, is also the exact place I would find a priceless treasure. What the enemy intended for evil, God can turn it to your good. WIth God, destroyed foundations can be rebuilt into something bigger, better and can withstand the tests of time. … More Part 3: Abyss.
Many days, when I would see my disfigured face in the mirror, I contemplated smashing the reflection that reminded me how far I had fallen. And when I realized all I was good for was wasting thousands of dollars of my parent’s money for futile medical treatments, I wanted to take the broken shards and end it all. A slice on the neck or wrist, I would imagine. … More Part 2: Pariah.