Beware of the gilded tongue belonging to that wretched, the father of lies!
His words can easily persuade us, not because they are truthful or eloquent,
but simply because he repeats for our listening,
the very words that he has heard from the dark within us.
“He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him.
When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies.”
~ John 8:44
“A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
~ Luke 6:45
Do not afraid.
Set aside what age, knowledge and experience have long conspired to fill your mind and in so doing, killed off your childlike wonderment.
Where once you expect to see just another flower,
A delightful bouquet yet grows before you,
to refresh your spirit and heal your senses.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.”
~ Revelations 21:1
A bouquet of different flowers growing from the same plant.
Has the law demanding “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” ever brought about a peaceful and lasting solution to any of the woes in this world?
Is it not rather in bending to mercy and forgiveness, that the law finds its true fulfilment and for man, a realisation of his nobler self?
The placard reads “Please do not lean cycles against this wall”. Cambridge, UK
“If you, LORD, keep account of sins,
Lord, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness and
so you are revered.”
~ Psalm 130:3-4
Is Faith truly opposed to Reason as some say?
For as the leaves of this plant are aligned against each other with little overlap in order to capture the most of the available sunlight,
Faith and Reason come together from seemingly opposed ends to enlighten our minds and hearts.
While Reason is the foundation upon which Faith is built,
Faith yields the context within which Reason evolves beyond mere logic and finally acquires real meaning.
“I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe.”
~ St Augustine of Hippo
Ever adept, man has learnt to manipulate the physical world, even the nuts and bolts that hold the double helix of his own DNA together.
But what are the nuts and bolts needed to restore his soul, and indeed to make it one in harmony with his body?
What are these essentials in the spiritual toolbox?
• Prayer and Almsgiving •
“Pray without ceasing.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17
“… give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.”
~ Luke 11:41
“But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”
~ Matthew 6:3-4
The (DNA) Helix Bridge, Marina Bay, Singapore
Heavy is the pressure to conform for the sake of self preservation.
Greater however is the conviction to remain true to oneself.
For while the former action allows one to get by,
the latter is surely one to live by.
“Do not mistake cowardice for prudence.”
A sighting of just a few red leaves in the midst of green
Living is far from having all provisions stocked and ready in order to stay afloat in both calm and choppy waters.
Real life can only be experienced by accepting the changes in sea and weather conditions, improvising, and having a patient trust in His merciful providence.
Photo: A makeshift buoy confidently afloat
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”
~ Matthew 6:25