“But Ruth said: ‘Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.’” (Ruth 1:16)
The relationship between Naomi and Ruth is a beautiful example of a good family relationship. The key ingredients of good family relationships are love and respect. They consist of mutual commitment with freedom from each other and a relationship in which each person tries to do what is best for the other.
“Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.” (1 Chr 28:10)
As King David saw his dream of building the temple would not come true, he passed it on to his son Solomon. David had asked to build a temple for God (2 Sam 7), but God denied his request because David had shed too much blood as a warrior. But God allowed David to make the plans and preparations for the temple. David bought the land for the temple, gathered most of the construction materials, and received the building plans from God. It was Solomon’s responsibility to make these plans a reality. Solomon’s job was made easier by his father’s exhaustive preparations.
King David not only passed on the torch of building the temple to his son Solomon, but he also gave Solomon principles to guide him through life. Continue reading
As we get older, we begin to realize that life is so fragile. More and more people that we know of, are acquainted with, or are even really close to have passed, and we know that it’s not even always someone that is well advanced in age.
I recently talked to a brother who told me how he had been reflecting on how much time he had been spending with his parents since he got to college, keeping up with them and making sure that they were doing well. Or rather, I should say, he had been reflecting on how much time he hadn’t been spending with them. Recalling a heart-breaking account of someone that he knew, this brother told me that he would never want to regret not being able to have a good relationship with his parents until it was too late as well. Continue reading
Ever since we immigrated to New Zealand in January, with the exception of offerings that the kids bring to Religious Education classes, we have not been offering as we did not bring that much savings from Japan and with no income, we were always wary as to whether we have enough to pay for rent, utilities and groceries. On 25th March, my husband got his first salary. I told my husband that I would like to make a thanksgiving offering to God. He asked whether we have enough to survive and if so then go ahead and we offered most of his first salary to God.
Several days after we offered, out of the blue, a church member came to me and said…..do you need 2 single beds? He said that he had a friend who had 2 single beds to give away. My girls are sleeping on futons and we did not think that we needed beds for them but another church member mentioned that it is too cold to sleep on the carpet during winter and we ended up saying yes to the offer. After church service, we went to pick up the beds. The beds are in very good condition and it would have been costly if we were to purchase the beds. The girls are delighted with their unexpected gift. Continue reading