Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Yesterday was a memorable day for me. I visited an old friend. It was a joy to see filial piety shine in her home. Family is important. It doesn’t matter whether a person has siblings, is married, or has children or not. Love comes from the heart. Anyone can love another person as himself / herself. For my dear friend who is unmarried, the needs of her frail mother have priority over everything. How blessed is the woman who raised her.
Sadly, I have also seen broken and dysfunctional families e.g. father (in prison), mother (chronically ill) and children living almost like vagabonds. Thank God that our society is one that cares and protects the under-privileged. There is help and hope – help that is practical and hope that is certain.
A doctor once told me that our hospitals do not reject or refuse to treat anyone who comes for medical help regardless of their financial ability. Social workers are ready to give practical and professional advice. I have personal experience of anxiety when my husband was hospitalized in 2016. The administrative staff did not ‘harass’ me to pay up. All in all, I thank God for his mercy.
Yesterday, I sat listening to some old friends share their experiences. We are thankful for our families, friends and communities of love. Nobody lives a problem-free life. Family support (practical, emotional and spiritual) is important. Communities of love are growing e.g. IPC (Institutions of a Public Character), and communities of volunteers in humanitarian activities. I know of one organization that is guided by their mission statement: Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).
God is not interested in sacrifices or religious acts that have no meaning behind them. The answer to our sin problem is not giving more numerous or more painful sacrifices. The answer is something much deeper than any religious observance: we need a change of heart. Without the heart, our conformity to any religious law is nothing more than hypocrisy.
Act justly: to live with a sense of right and wrong.
Love mercy: embrace loving-kindness. Both justice and mercy are foundational to God’s character - “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.” (Psalm 89:14)
Walk humbly: our heart’s attitude toward God. Instead of taking pride in what we bring to God, we shall humbly recognize that no amount of personal sacrifice can replace a heart committed to justice and love.
Dear Father God,
I come before You on behalf of all my brothers and sisters in Christ. We are positioned all over the world according to Your Redemptive Plan. Help us Father God to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with You. We are not perfect ambassadors of Your love. Father, forgive us. Give us wisdom and patience. When we do not see or hear what we expect, we shall wait. Give us strength to persevere and endure in all circumstances. As we respond to Your calling and guidance, we know that You have gone ahead of us, that You are always working alongside us and You are always our Rear Guard. We are covered by Your Holy Blood. We thank You that we are One Family. In Christ, we will always have victory. To God be the glory! Amen!
Lam Yee Ling