Dear Marmar, those who follow and visit his blog and fellow co-authors:
I was rushed to the hospital this morning with a worsening respiratory bug and sinus infection, I have been fighting for over two months. The ER doctor told my wife, Karen, that I have to go on a breathing steroid called Prednisone. She said to her, “It is either Prednisone or intubation.”
God isn’t finished with me yet. I still have work to do for His Kingdom.
I wrote this piece under the unction of the Holy Spirit. The Enemy did not want this shared because in it there is a message for all of us, that we can be the enduring faith, hope and love for the Filipino people.
The grace, peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Our greatest gift is love
The people of the Philippines will need our long-term prayers and our practical support. The physical devastation has estimates in news reports as being anywhere from 5 to 10 years for rebuilding. The Holy Spirit has had this Scripture going through my mind for the Filipino people and for all of us called to pray for them.”In this life we have three great lasting qualities—faith, hope and love. But the greatest of them is love” (I Cor. 13:13, J. B. Phillips New Testament).
Moving forward we as the people of God will need to show the Filipino people these three qualities of faith, hope and love. There will be even tougher days ahead as the death toll mounts, as relatives hear they have lost more loved ones.
In my experience ministering to the Filipino community, I have found them to be a people of enduring faith even in the worst of circumstances. Yet, all of us no matter how firmly rooted in Christ need at times, people to be our faith, our hope and love poured out and running over.
They are a weary people, knocked down but not knocked out. And just as the apostle Paul said to the Corinthian Christians that the greatest quality they had to offer others was love, that is the most enduring gift we can offer – our agape unconditional love. Love that gives. Love that is consistent. Love that magnifies both our faith and our hope in Christ. Love that learns and grows in the seminary of Christ’s compassion.
The Enemy would far prefer we give up and say the task of helping in this hour of crisis and in the weeks, months and years ahead is too great. But this is when all of us need to shine Christ’s love all the more brighter.
Light can defeat the darkness if we embrace it, cling to it and really believe it when waves of doubt and discouragement encompass us. It will be rough. The pathway to sustaining hope for the Filipino people will be long. It is our opportunity to truly show as the song We are one in the spirit says, “And, they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”
Let us join hands and hearts in prayer as we reflect upon the words of We are one in the spirit.
The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all, as we strive to be united, and offer Christ’s outstretched arms of love and abiding comfort to the Filipino people.
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