Just a Journey

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There are only a few days remaining before the whole world celebrates Christmas. But while the world is busy preparing for that day, many of the people in our country, families after families, are busy burying their dead. Saturday, December 17, Typhoon “Sendong” hit the southern part of the Philippines, mainly, cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, leaving hundreds dead in the massive landslide caused by it.

As most people around the world are busy shopping in posh malls, trying on clothes and shoes, wrapping gifts, dining with family and friends, there are hundreds of typhoon victims in our land who are busy collecting clean water from leaking pipe, queuing up in a long  line with the hope to get food packed in styro, all the time trying to blot the horror of it all – seeing their loved ones washed away by the rushing muddy floodwaters.

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(Above photos from Yahoo News, Phils.)

(source: Philippine News)

The earth is sighing, groaning, weeping. And what is the Lord thinking or feeling about all this? What is the meaning of all this? What is our life?

But this is not our home. We don’t belong here. We are just passing through. If we have put all our hope in this life only, then we are truly a most pitiable people!

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (1 Cor. 15:19)

Life on earth is very fleeting. Compared to eternity, lifetime becomes negligible. If we think only of this life, then life, really, is devoid of meaning. But if we make it a pilgrimage, a journey, then we, as pilgrims, have hope beyond this life – a bright, shining future – in Christ Jesus our Lord.

But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (Heb. 11:16 NLT)

The three wise men traveled far from the East to go and worship the King that was born. They journeyed with only the star as their light and guide, each bearing precious gift for the Messiah. They set out for this pilgrimage full of hope that they are going to see the King, and they persevered. At the end of their journey, they saw Him and rejoiced greatly.

We must be like the three wise men, setting out on a pilgrimage, closely following His light, persevering, hoping, and expecting that at the end, we will see Him face-to-face and great will be our joy! For this King that was born in a humble manger came to bring us hope and the promise of eternal life.

The Lord Jesus Christ is calling, “I am your salvation”. Let’s heed His voice.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. (Rev. 21:4 NLT)

Also in this series:

Devotions for a Christ-filled Christmas Day 1: What’s in Your Sock? {Part 1: UNICEF}
Devotions for a Christ-filled Christmas Day 2: What’s in Your Sock? {Part 2: Warm Christmas}
Devotions for a Christ-filled Christmas Day 3: The Goodness of the Lord
Devotions for a Christ-filled Christmas Day 4: Yes and Amen!
Devotions for a Christ-filled Christmas Day 5: The Way to the Manger
Devotions for a Christ-filled Christmas Day 6: The Widow and the Fatherless
Devotions for a Christ-filled Christmas Day 7: “I Must Decrease”
Devotions for a Christ-filled Christmas Day 8: Thankfulness
 

This is linked to Walk With Him Wednesday, Proverbs 31 Thursday, Spiritual Sundays

6 comments on “Just a Journey

  1. Betty says:

    The pictures above are awful. It is hard sometimes to make since
    of God’s righteousness.

    I found your blog today through the Women living well site.

    I am so thankful. 🙂 I too am Oneness! Your writings blessed me today. 🙂

    My heart aches for those suffering throughout the world.

  2. patsy says:

    Hi Rina, the pictures are awful and makes us all the more cling to God. He’s the only one who knows why He allows these things to happen. When you see people’s hearts open in generosity and making themselves available, you see God is present even in calamity. A blessed Christmas to you and your family! Patsy from HeARTworks

  3. cynthia says:

    Those scenes were really heartbreaking. These are warnings that we are in the last days.
    My sincerest sympathy to our countrymen who suffered losses of lives of their loved ones.
    May our Loving God and Savior extends more of
    His favor and compassion for those people who still not know Him that they may find and serve Him thru His True church.
    I thank God for you Sis Rina that He is continually giving you wisdom in sharing the word of God to give hope for those who are spiritually down.
    Praise the Lord!

  4. Sharon says:

    It is so heartbreaking to see the devastation in those pictures. This world is so full of pain and our hope truly is only in Jesus. It is so hard to the suffering, especially knowing that there are so many that don’t know the hope that Jesus gives. Thank you for reminding us.

  5. Charlotte says:

    I thought about you when I heard about this disaster. There have been so many terrible “natural” disasters in our world especially in the past few years. You’re right. This world is not our home. Some day all will be made right.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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