Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday's Devotion

To my dear brothers and sisters praying for us and following our trip to India:

Thank you so much for your prayers! You can know that they have been effective in covering and protecting us. As an example: Our 1-hour flight to Dehra Dun was cancelled on account of weather (read: smog). So we had to take an 8-1/2 hour bus ride instead. The blessing was that we got to see India in a way we never would have from the air. The challenge was... India traffic (and drivers) makes Honolulu look like a country drive! If we had strapped Alex's camera to the outside of the bus, we could have sold the reel to Disney for their next thrill ride and become rich! Ask Pastor Fernando... he had the front seat!

I apologize for not being able to upload our daily devotions to share with you sooner. The computers have been a challenge as well. But even here there were many blessings. We are looking forward to sharing with you a special video which finally downloaded to Fred's server late last night.

It's hard to believe this is only our first day here. Saturday has been a totally awesome day for us. You can read Greg and Burt's posts for the details.

Please join us for devotions as we read from Job 41,42 and 2 Corinthians 1,2. Jill Matro (who went to Mussoorie last November) shares her journaling with us:

Job 42:13,15: The Lord blessed the later part of Job's life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters. Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job's daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.

Greetings, Missionaries! Today you are doing Children's Ark Mussoorie style. Glorious! Thank you for bringing our aloha to the children of the Boys' Home. (I imagine you reading this together in the living room next to the kitchen, warming up with hugs and chai.)

Arden and I were sent there a year ago to bring our aloha to the girls of Mussoorie. We were humbled by the enormity of the blessing, grateful to be forever changed. Despite the fact many of the girls came from homes where their fathers did not treasure them, where they were not valued, the girls radiated the love of Christ. They were ALL so beautiful, just like the daughters of Job.

The reading for today says, "Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job's daughters." I imagine others perceived Job's daughters as the most beautiful because they were joyful and held their heads high. Not with conceit, but with confidence. The confidence founded in a father's abundant love. Job's daughters were treasured and they knew it.

I charge you, Brothers and Sisters, to love on all the children with a "Job-ness". Love on them with the urgency of a father who lost his life but was given a second chance. Speak to them of their value in the eyes of their heavenly Father. Pray over them. Tell them of their beauty. Cherish them.

Dear Father, You are the our creator, redeemer and Lord. But right now I pour out my thanks to you for being our Dad. You cherish us. You pray over us and speak of our beauty. Help us to receive Your abundant love, and hold our heads high with joy and confidence. Then help us to give Your abundant love away to the children of Mussoorie. Orchestrate this day to bring opportunities to recognize a child who needs Your hug, Your smile, Your laughter. And at the end of the day, may You be glorified by allYour children, large and small. We praise you, Lord Jesus. we love you, Dad.Amen

1 comment:

  1. Hey, sis! Saw the pics and it is so surreal to see you actually THERE! I cannot even imagine what it must be like for you, but I can tell you that your joy just radiates in the pictures! I know that God is using you, and working in you, in a mighty way in Mussoorie. Praising God for covering all of you during your journey! Lee-Ann