Inspirational, Lenten Reflections, Reflection

Nailed for a Reason

Sometimes life nailed us.

There are events, circumstances and people who hold us helpless.

With no one to turn to, our only last hope is God.

LIFE NAILED YOU

It was trending rescently when a passenger doctor was dragged forcibly out of the plane of a reputed airline company.

Is it a life mockery that you entered the plane as a descent doctor and leave the plane as a patient?

Sometimes we are a good doctor but we cannot heal ourselves?

That we are good marriage councilor, yet we have inner struggle in our relationship?

Is it not we are frozen when we teach others but we find it difficult to teach our children…

That we excel in academics but we are poor in love…

We are a respected servant of God but struggle to get respect from our peers..

Sometimes life nailed us. Sometimes life is a mockery…

And this is the same experience Christ had when people asked Him to help Himself because He helped a lot of people.

He had done a lot of miracles and still people were waiting for more…

He wanted to save many but He cannot able to get that respect from His neighboor.

Because what they saw was His being ordinary, a common man, a son of a carpenter.

Sometimes people treat us based on our seeds but not on our fruits.

THE SEED and the FRUIT

We cannot judge the seed by its appearance for now.

Because if we understand what it would become, we can tell what it could be.

I am hesitant to people who only want my fruits but they are not there when I’m on struggle to sprout my root.

Be cautious with men who are only after the fruits but no where to found when you were once a seed establishing a root.

BE INSPIRED BY THE ONE ON THE CROSS

Christ was nailed for a reason.

He was nailed by the disciples who betrayed Him.

He was nailed by His own people.

Our life can relate to Him because in one way to another, we were nailed by our experiences and people whom do not understand us.

If after all the good works, good intention and good service you provided, yet your misunderstood and unappreciated;do not be discourage for you are not alone.

If you look on people, you will be disppointed.

When you look on events, you will be discourage.

When you look on your sorroundings, you will be dismayed.

But focus on Jesus, the One nailed on the cross and you will be uplifted, encouraged and delighted.

May His grace abound in you.

Mikesendon

Lenten Reflections, Reflection

No Beauty in Him

On the cross, there was no beauty in Him that there may be beauty in us..

He was despised by many that we may regain our dignity…

He was rejected that we may be accepted..

He was deserted that we may be gathered..

He was slain but his death was never been in vain…

His blood comes out that the church may come in..

He was a disgrace that I may receive His amazing grace..

He endured the whipping that He may not nullify the offering..

He was hanged on a tree that He may set us free.

He took away my guilt that my faith in Him be built.

In silence, He showed His resilience..

In humility, He showed His divinity…

He is our King whose love from all generation will ring..

Inspirational, Lenten Reflections, Reflection

DON’T WEEP ON AN EMPTY TOMB

DON’T WEEP ON AN EMPTY TOMB

John 20: 11-18:

Not an ending

Is it not that most of us wept in the past because of losing someone so dear to us?

Is it that some of us after a separation has experience loneliness; brokenness and felt so vulnerable that we wept until we find it normal after a while.

Are we weeping because of a tragic incident in the past that till now, we can’t get over it?

The topic is so provocative; do not weep on an empty tomb.

THE MISSING BODY

Now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark and saw that the stone was already been rolled.

So she ran out to Simon Peter and with the other disciples and said to them that the stone had been rolled and taken away the Lord out of the tomb.

So Peter and the other disciples went forth and they were going to the tomb but what they found was a tomb with empty wrapping linen lying.

The disciples returned back to their homes except for Mary who remains standing outside the tomb weeping.

WEEPING AND CRYING

Verse 11 says that Mary was still outside the tomb weeping, and as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb.

Mary was so emotionally affected by what happened as only a few days back, she witnessed how her Lord was brutally punished and sentenced to death.

Mary of Magdala cried when the Lord died and when they buried Him. But the weight of her agony was increased when she realized that the Lord’s body was missing.

Like Mary, maybe we asked ourselves when all of this torment will end?

When will all this emotional distress will likely to stop?

Why is it that after all of the beatings, the lashes and the nailing of Him on the cross, have they not finished yet? Now they took Him away from the tomb.

Some of us can relate to Mary’s experience.

There are many times that we cry and weep over things we cannot understand.

We ask ourselves why and we just weep on the things we cannot control.

LOOKING ON AN EMPTY TOMB

Mary cannot get it over.

She wept and stooped looking where the tomb was.

In our life, we cry over spilled milk and we are sorry about it.

We regret of a job that was lost or disappointed on a failed interview because we thought that was already our dream job. We talk about it and we cannot go over it.

You feel sorry for a husband or a wife whom you have been for decades but suddenly disappear because he/she found someone new. You wept and stooped looking on an empty wall, staring at your photographs, reminiscing your memory and asking what has been wrong.

You feel sad that you let your chances to pass by without taking any actions. You look at an unending horizon asking what you will do next.

But never wept and look on that empty tomb because the very thing that we are looking is not our end.

An empty tomb is not a scene of emptiness but a fulfillment of God’s promises.

God promises us not an empty tomb but a life of fullness and rewarding promises.

When Moses and the Israelite were at the brink of their end, God said to Moses “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.”

We cannot wait to just stare wait for the enemy to attack us.

We cannot just wait for the circumstances to consume and have control over us but rather we have to move forward.

Lift up your eyes to God rather look down on the tomb.

Raise up our eyes on Jesus that was risen rather than stooping on the tomb where he was laid.

We have to take up our staff like Moses and command the sea of depression, loneliness, hopelessness to be divided so that we could be able to walk pass through a dry land of peace, hope, and victory.

THE STONE HAS BEEN ROLLED

The stone has been rolled, now we know that we are not fooled.

Because the fullness of our faith is when Christ resurrected from the dead.

When Christ rises again, we know that our faith is not in vain.

He is alive and in Him, we are alive as well.

It gives us hope that no one can constraint us from our situation.

The stone has been rolled for us to give us the assurance that there is life after death.

Giving us the courage to triumph over every adversary.

The stone has been rolled for us to be free. Free from our sin and freedom from anyone who makes us slaves.

No more chain can bound us, no more stone can hold us because indeed we are free.

DON’T WEEP ON AN EMPTY TOMB

Verse 15 says “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom you are seeking?”

We cry and wept in times that we cannot understand what is happening?

At the time, they did not yet realize and understand what the Scriptures say about Him that He must rise again from the dead.

Many times that we also cry and feel depress because we fail to understand the promises that God have for us.

Don’t be so focused on the empty tomb that we neglect to see the risen Lord.

Don’t be so entertained on the feeling of emptiness but rather focus on the fullness of God’s promises.

God’s words are what we can rely on. It is true and it will come to pass.

Isaiah 12:10-11 says “For just as the rains and snow come down from heaven, and do not return without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing the seed to the sower and the bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from my mouth, it will not return to me empty without accomplishing my desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”

SEEK FOR JESUS WHO WAS RISEN

Verse 15 Jesus says ‘Whom you are seeking?”

Whom do you seek right now?

Are you looking for someone that will not come back any more or something that could never be restored?

Are we looking for evidence or a sign?

If we are looking for evidence, the fact will force us to believe.

After all the evidence and facts are presented, there will be no more room to doubt but believe.

But Jesus who was not in the tomb is a sign for many for us to believe but we have the choice.

Seek for Jesus…seek for His promise because He is alive.

WHEN GOD CALLED YOUR NAME

Verse 16 says Jesus said to her “ Mary!” she turned and said to Him in Hebrew “Rabboni!” which means, Teacher)

When God called us, He will always call us by our name.

When God called us by our name, imagine what will happen.

When Jesus called the name of Lazarus, Lazarus came back to life. His blood might already be coagulated, his heart already stopped pumping, his body was totally frozen but calling his name, his heart stops beating and his frozen body started to move again.

No matter what you are into. You might be in deep trouble right now.

You might be totally broken but when God called your name, imagine what would happen.

Don’t weep on an empty tomb.

May your happiness be full as you remain faithful,

Mikesendon

Lenten Reflections, Reflection

When We Come to Our Senses

WHEN WE COME TO OUR SENSES

Luke 15:17-24

 

 Repent (2)

It is odd to think to exchange something valuable for something that never lasts.

How many times we neglect to value what is important in exchange of what is really essential.

We follow our desires; we chase our dreams only to realize that they are just fleeting things.

It seems odd to understand that we forget our first love because we found someone that we thought they are better than the latter.

Regret is always at the last. We will only realize what is really important when we come to our senses.

 

The Fate of a Prodigal Son

It’s one of the renowned Jesus parables of a younger son who asked his father for the share of his estate. So the good father decided to divide his wealth between them and not many days later, the younger son gathered everything and started his journey away home. He squandered his shares with extravagant living.

Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country and he began to be penniless; he started to work as helper feeding the swine. But the income he had is not enough that he even shared with the pods that the swine were eating.

But he came to his senses and said, “How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger.

 

What We Exchange

We can relate to the story because, in so many instances, we tend to exchange something better for temporary things.

We put more value on ownership rather than relationships.

We laid more weights on the worlds rather than in His Words.

We pay more attention on the things that are just trivial rather than what is essential.

We fight for our own rights but neglect others need and their plight.

We defend and stand with our pride but fail to understand the feeling of the other side.

The son chooses his freedom to do what he desired to do with his life and spent the rest of his life with people whom he thought would help him.

Is it funny to realize that the more we desire to be free but yet the more we trap into the rat race?

The more we desire to make life easy and simple, the more it becomes complex.

The more we settle with our selfish ambitions, this always leads to our own destructions.

What are those things that we regret today because we choose to exchange it for something less?

 

Choose what is best

Is it not wise for a man to exchange something better for a lower value?

Will we exchange our dollar to peso less than its current rate?

This is what happens when we choose to serve only ourselves rather than choosing to serve others.

Anything we do for just personal interest will not bear fruit and serve its best.

We cannot live in immorality but when someone speaks the truth, we feel not guilty; yet we tell that person that he should understand your personality.

The younger son already living the best in the presence of his father. They have slaves and everything.

He was living in abundance yet he still desires to live free away from his father, thinking that being away he could have better control of himself and can be able to do exactly what he wants.

Little we realize, that we tend to live away from the presence of God thinking we could do more better and do exactly what we desire to do.

But the more that we distance ourselves from His loving presence, the more we detached ourselves from the provisions and move away from the shadow of God’s protection.

In Psalm 91 is an assurance for those who choose to dwell in the shelter of the Most High.

Away from Him, we can do nothing. If we decide to live apart from Him is like a branch detached from its vine. The blessings stop and the branch dried up.

The son began to be impoverished so he decided to hire himself out as a helper of the swine.

Walking away from the grace of God will slowly make us poor not only materially but the worst is in our spirituality.

The more we deprived ourselves of the presence of God, our spirit and our soul becomes dry.

Even we work things out; the material needs, people that surround us is not enough to fill the vacuum that was left empty because it longs for the presence of our loving Father.

Choose our God and we choose the better part.

 

When we come to our senses

The situations and our conditions we are in might be horrible is not a punishment but a mere consequence because we walk away from the Father.

But the consequence should be the jolting point for us realize that we have gone far.

It’s a bumper for us to be an awakening point from our sleep and be aware that our conditions are not permanent.

We have to come to our senses.

This is the what happened to the younger son. He became aware that his suffering was not a punishment but a turning point to return back to where he really belongs.

That his afflictions were not borne but the consequence of his unwise actions.

We are not born with sufferings, but most of it was the result of our foolish actions and decisions.

When we come to our senses, we will realize what those things that are more relevant.

It will bring us to an awareness of who we really are, how God values us more than any other.

If we come to our senses, it will lead us to come back to the presence of God who never stops waiting for us for our return.

 

Second chance

God is giving us second chance, third chance…

He allows us to stand up and walk past from where we fell.

Never be so stuck in our sin thinking that we cannot rise again.

Never thought that we cannot correct our mistakes.

When we come to our senses, think that God is giving us another chance.

God’s arm is wide enough to embrace us again. His mercy is far greater than our sin.

He patiently waits for our return.

 

Call to Repent

Luke 13:1-9 is another parable where Jesus expound that we need to repent.

Coming to our senses make us repent of our sins.

We cannot judge others that they are more sinners because of their fate nor their situations because unless we repent, we will all perish.

Unless we come to our senses, we will not mend our ways but will continue to walk to our death.

God wanted to see the fruit in us. Like the fig tree, without finding any fruit after how many years is destined to be cut down.

Better be humble down before God,

than be cut down in our relationship with God. Before the blessings are cut down and stop it from flowing. Before the sun goes down leaving us un-repented.

 

Dig around and put Fertilizer

The owner of the fig tree asks favor to the owner of the vineyard to give him chance to dug in and put fertilizer hoping that the tree will eventually bear many fruits.

Time is given to us each day, a chance to dug in deeply in ourselves and check our relationship with our ourselves with others and with our God.

We have to dig down deep into our hearts what are those things that truly matters and essentials.

We need to put in fertilizers to eventually grow us more in our relationship with our God.

We need to add more value in our time with people who really matter to us.

God is giving us more time but not in our terms but in God’s term.

When Jonah preached to the people of Nineveh to repent for their sins,

God has given them 40 days.

They humble themselves and wore sack clothes and sit on ashes to show that they were sorry for their sins.

What are those things that we added to strengthen our relationship with Him?

 

May we come always to our senses and our life live in its full,

Mikesendon

Inspirational, Lenten Reflections, Reflection, Seven Last Words

We are in Good Hands

WE ARE IN GOOD HANDS

(Into Thy Hands I Commend My Spirit)

We are in Good Hand

Jesus heals a deformed hand

The Lord heals the hand of a man with a deformed hand on Sabbath day.

Do we have a normal hand that we don’t need healing from the Lord?

We may be having normal hands but believe me, in one or another, we need healing when we realize that we have our own hand abnormalities.

Spiritual Hands

Our hand might be normal. But what I want to focus not on its physical aspects.

Our hands gesture will speak out our unspoken words.

It could reveal our inner thoughts. Others could take a glimpse of our personality.

Our hands may show our spirituality.

Recognizing our Abnormalities

Do we have that hand problem?

Sometimes we are sick but we ignore our sickness that we just simply ignore them.

We live normally until such time it is too late to find a cure.

We have to understand the symptoms.

We are asked to visit our doctors regularly every six months or a year for a general check.

Let us examine ourselves how we do well by checking if we have any hand deformities. 

Hands of Isolation

With hands open raised toward the others we may say “Stop! I don’t need you so close”.

Off limits. Keep distance. Keep out.  “Leave me alone”.

A hand of isolation is a gesture where we don’t want to entertain others. A gesture that signals you want to be alone.

We don’t welcome others for a new relationship after a heart breaks. The pain is so much to bear that we close our doors for others. You don’t want to open up again.

You don’t want to listen. You don’t want to speak. You don’t want to see anybody. You don’t want to trust for now after somebody betrays your trust.

You want to shut up your window from the world and you feel pity for yourself.

Hand of isolation creates a wall to open up a new door for others who want to enter our life.

Hands of Selfishness

Sometimes we have this, when we pray, we only pray for ourselves or the people among our circles.

These are the hands who always ask but don’t’ know how to give.

A hands gesture that is so possessive and self-centered. A lot of marriage fails because the partner is so possessive that the others can’t breathe anymore. They don’t trust their partners and even others too.

Selfish hands are close hands. It opens only when it wanted to received but closes immediately afterwards.

I have learned that to catch a monkey in India, the native use a coconut. A whole coconut slightly opened with peanut inside.

The monkey will put his hand inside the hollow coconut  and let his fist grab the peanut. When his hand is inside the coconut, he is trapped. The hunter will pull the string attached to the end of coconut and capture the monkey. With its hand closed, holding the bait inside, he will not open it. That is why; it will run with its hand inside the coconut. The monkey cannot run far so the hunter catches them easily.

Hands of Judgment & Condemnation

These are hand that always pointing out to others.

“It is not my mistakes. It is his mistake”.

Remember the two people praying inside the temple? The publican was at the back knocking his chest and he could not even look up asking forgiveness for he was a sinner. And the Pharisees thanking God because he is better than the publicans.

How many times we judge others the way we look at them? Considering ourselves more oh highly regards in terms of our stature, that we have a better work, that we are more educated, that we have more influence that we are wealthier and others are less fortunate.

These are those who look into the color of other’s skin and regard highly of himself better than his neighbors.

When we point our finger to someone, remember three of our fingers are pointing on us and the thumb pointed upward.

Hands of Punishment & Pain

Hands gesture that cause pain physically. The victims usually are the battered wife, maltreated maids and servants, abused children, tortured detainees and prisoners….

These are hand that always inflict pain and hurt others not only physically but also emotionally.

Hurt emotions are difficult to heal rather than the wound inflicted by physical means.

These are people who hurt others by their careless words and actions. They don’t care if they hurt other feelings or not. People who are not sensitive to the feeling of others.

These are individuals who don’t know how to appreciate the effort and the importance of others.

Hands of Rejection

Hand gesture with thumbs down.

These are people who are difficult to please.

These are people who don’t appreciate and value the works of others. No matter what good you’ve done, for them it’s rejected.

These are people who put down the moral of others. They take away the hope from a person, who aspires to succeed.

These might be a group of people who exclude themselves from the rest. If you are not a part of it, you are not welcome.

These are people who don’t accept suggestions and listen from others advice considering that they know everything and that his ideas are better than others.

Hands of Failure and hopelessness

This is hands gesture with two hands open palm facing up with both shoulder raised up accompanied by a frustrated face.

These are people who accepted failure as their destiny.

For them, failures are walls too high for them to climb. It’s too high that they could not see any hope beyond those walls.

The need for healing

Remember what Jesus told to the Pharisees? “If you say that you see then you are blind, but if you tell that you’re blind then you see.

If we tell that everything is normal and we don’t need healing, the more we need our healer.

Accept that we are weak and frail.

Recognize that we have the tendencies to different hand abnormalities and we need healing for our deformed hands.

God knows that we need healing both physically and spiritually.

He desire to heal and deliver us from these abnormalities if we wanted to.

God desires that we possess a hands:

–          hands of belongings rather than hands of isolation

–          hands of generosity rather than hands of selfishness

–          hands of compassion rather than hands of judgment and condemnation

–          hands of forgiveness and mercy rather than hands of punishment and pain

–          hands of approval rather than hands of rejection

–          hands of triumph rather than hands of failure and hopelessness

–          hands of total surrender rather than hands of defeat

–          hands of prayer rather than hands of  a losers

 

We are in good hands with God.

Into the hands of a loving Father to a prodigal son.

Into the generous hands who multiply the fish and bread to feed thousands.

It’s the hands of forgiveness like Mary Magdalene on the brink of stoning to death because of adultery.

It’s the hands of compassion to sinners like Zacheus.

Into the healing hands that open the eyes of Barthemeus and the many man who were lamed, blinds, possessed deaf, mute, lepers and sicked.

Into the hands that give life who raised Lazarus from the dead.

It’s the hands of hope like the criminal Dimas who seized the heaven on his last moment.

Hands nailed on the cross open wide with arms stretch forth full of love.

A hands so open welcoming each one of us without any doubt of rejection. Without any fear of punishment. Hands full of mercy and compassion.

Into His loving hands alone we can commend our life.

Now tell me, to which hands you will entrust your life?

May you find peace as you entrust your life into His loving hands,

Mike Sendon