Sunday, October 25, 2009

DAY 67 - Will the sword pierce your soul too?

Today’s Reading: Luke 2

(Please read Luke 2: 1 – 52 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf . (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)

Please click the links below to Luke 2:


“This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Luke 2: 34-35

Recently a mother shared with me how joyful and painful it was to her when she knew that her son decided to become a priest. She put her right hand to her heart and said, “I feel the pain in me and for what would become of him.” I said, “What do you mean?” She said, “Because many of his own people will hurt him and I don’t know whether he can bear that or not.”

When I was having my devotion reading Luke 2 today, Jesus reminded me of this mother’s words and her way of putting her hand to her heart to show her pain.

Following Jesus is never easy! In the past 21 years of being a priest, I really see the reality of these two verses. I have seen the falling and rising of many people because of me and how I become an object to be spoken against. And the thoughts of so many have been revealed. In Chinese words, “The longer distance it is, the more you will know whether it is a good horse or not.” And both my wife and I have experienced the pain of being pierced by swords of words, deeds and treats.

Have you prepared for these kinds of things to happen in your life yet?!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Help me to be always prepare to suffer with you that I can truly follow you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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