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

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Inspirational

GOD’S ASSURANCE-Are you covered?

GOD’S ASSURANCE-ARE YOU COVERED?

THE OFFERGod assurance

There were three insurance agents who were offering their services to a prospective customer.

The prospective customer asked them “Give me reasons why I have to consider your company for me to be insured?

The first agent started with confidence as he says” If you insured yourself with us, the company guarantee that you are insured from birth to death”. “It’s a normal offer” says the customer.” “But how about the second agent?” she added.

The second customer arranges his ties and pulls his suits. Proudly he says “I have a better offer for you. When you take a policy with us, you are covered from womb to tomb” The customer was almost convinced but she cannot wait for the last offer.

The last agent stood up and assured her that this is the best offer she can get from an insurance company. Then he added” When you apply for an insurance with us, you are rest assured that you are covered from conception to resurrection”

INSURANCE COVERAGE

Many people today are covered by INSURANCE.

Most of us insured our car, our houses from any fire, our home contents even.

You buy a piece of appliance and they will ask you if you want to insure them for additional warranty.

You borrow money, you use your credit cards, they asked you to pay the insurance.

We insured our business; we pay life insurance premiums, for educations and to name a few.

Do you know that even some insured their lips, their buttocks? It’s funny but it’s true.

INSURANCE BENEFITS

Insurance is a good part of investment and a pillar in financial foundation. Better if we have one and can afford it.

A usual insurance ratio is 1:100. A dollar we spent covers us to a hundred folds.

It will be very beneficial if we are covered specially that in case of emergency, we have an immediate resort.

Especially for example here in UAE, medical expenses are very expensive and we need insurance to afford it.

We as OFW are not exempted. Every time we go out of the country, we pay for Philhealth & OWWA and it is a medical insurance and protection for Filipinos working abroad.

It benefits our love ones something unexpected happens to you. The funds we left will help them to sustain and continue their life even when we’re gone.

THE MISCONCEPTION

Insurance alone is not enough.

We neglect and fail to realize that there is far better offer that we don’t accept.

To rely on the protection the world could give is false security.

Insurance is not bad at all, what is bad is that the misconception that with insurance alone, we are already protected. The protection being provided by insurance is just limited on our existence and not more than that.

Some people insured themselves but they don’t assure themselves for a better coverage. They don’t let themselves being covered by God’s ASSURANCE.

INSURANCE VERSUS ASSURANCE

We need something more than what this world could give.

We need something that could last beyond our life here on earth.

1. The world offer INSURANCE but not ASSURANCE

2. INSURANCE is a GAMBLE while ASSURANCE is based on FAITH-

To have faith is be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the the things we cannot see-Hebrews 11:1

3. INSURANCE expires but God’s promise of ASSURANCE endures

Great is Thy faithfulness, His mercies begins afresh each day
-Lamentations 3:23

4. INSURANCE has limitation but His ASSURANCE has no limit

God’s limitation to give is based on our limit to receive.

5. INSURANCE is bound by LAW but ASSURANCE is founded by GRACE

God’s grace is amazing.

6. INSURANCE requires periodic PREMIUM but GOD’s ASSURANCE
requires our TRUST

7. LIFE INSURANCE covers you till you reach 90’s but God’s Assurance is
ETERNITY

8. INSURANCE sometimes are not AFFORDABLE but ASSURANCE is always FREELY AVAILABLE

WHAT DOES OUR ASSURANCE COVERS?

1. ASSURANCE OF PEACE AND JOY: Jn: 14-27

 2. ASSURANCE OF PROSPERITY-Jn 15:5

 3. ASSURANCE OF GOD’S AWESOME PRESENCE- Matthew 28:20

 4. ASSURANCE OF DIVINE PROVISION-Philippians 4:19

 5. ASSURANCE OF 24/7 DIVINE PROTECTION-Psalm 91:1-16

 6. ASSURANCE OF POWER-Acts 1:8

 7. ASSURANCE OF ETERNAL PRESERVATION OR SALVATION-Acts 4:12

 8. ASSURANCE OF GOD’S ANSWERED PRAYER-Jn 15:7

Only in God we are certain.

Only in God we can rely on His promises.

Let ourselves be covered by God’s assurance.

Start now and let your happiness be full.

Mike Sendon

 

 

Reflection, Seven Last Words

WE ARE IN GOOD HANDS- (Into Thy Hands I Commend My Spirit)

WE ARE IN GOOD HAND

(Into Thy Hand I Commend My Spirit)

 

Jesus heals a deformed handInto thy hands

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 Pharisee? “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

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