We were sitting in front of the ocean with an amazing view, a cool breeze and a refreshing Banzaii Bowl in hand. All of a sudden we heard yelling to our right. There was a group of older homeless people gathered together closely under an umbrella to shade the sun.
I'd noticed them when we first sat down, but was busy chatting away with my son, when the commotion interrupted our perfect day.
A man was yelling at an older lady, "Don't say that...you're going to go to hell!" The lady wasn't as loud so I couldn't make out what she said, but whatever it was it sure agitated the man. He shook his fist and his leg began to shake as he continued to shout, "Stop saying that!" By this time, this homeless crew had my undivided attention. I began to pray that the situation would be defused and that JESUS would intervene in their lives, setting them free from bondage, addiction, illness and the lies of the enemy.
I don't know why it took me so long to notice they needed prayer, but I'm thankful the arguing woke me up. Because when I go out, I truly want to be "about my Father's business", as JESUS was. I want my day to matter. I want to be an open vessel for The LORD to work in and through me. I want to notice the things HE places before me. I want to be mindful of people in need of prayer. I know first hand, *prayer changes everything*...even the most difficult, seemingly impossible situations. When GOD intercedes, answering our call (prayers)...the impossible becomes possible!
Friends, let's remember to ask for GOD'S Wisdom to flood our senses, changing the normal mundane into a vibrant, colorful and alive day, bursting forth with incredible opportunity. May we be filled with a new found purpose, more than just an, "all about me" mentality...but a daily chance to step into all that The LORD is calling us for!
And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”~Luke 2:49
Jump on the #ThankfulTrain what are you thankful for?
Di antara para jemaah salat Jumat Palestina, dia mencuri perhatian. Memegang erat Alkitab, Nidal Aboud berdiri bersama jemaah muslim Palestina berdoa agar kekerasan di Masjid Al-Aqsa segera berakhir.
Dilansir laman Merdeka dari CNN, selagi yang lain menyerukan 'Allahu Akbar', pria Kristen Palestina itu memberi isyarat tanda salib di dadanya. Dia berdiri khidmat menghormati saudara-saudaranya yang tengah beribadah.
Hanya dia yang beragama Kristen, di tengah ribuan muslim Palestina yang melaksanakan salat di Wadi el-Joz, di luar Kota Tua Yerusalem.
"Seorang pria Kristen berdoa bersama Muslim di luar Kota Suci Yerusalem di tengah umat yang sedang Salat Jumat," demikian dikutip dari akun Twitter jurnalis CNN, @OrenCNN.
Potret ini menunjukkan momen toleransi umat beragama dan saling menghormati. Momen ini sangat menyentuh di tengah konflik yang terjadi di sana antara warga muslim Palestina dengan pasukan Israel.
Para warga berdoa di sana setelah Negeri Zionis membatasi akses masuk ke Masjid Al-Aqsa, yang adalah situs suci di Kota Tua Yerusalem. (Source: Merdeka)
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