Day 11: Blessed Sunday

Today, we went to the ER of the hospital for my injection before attending the worship service. Right after that, we headed to the church across the hospital and we arrived just in time.

It was again a blessed time to listen to God’s Word and to worship Him with fellow believers.  Really looking forward to Sundays!

One of the readings was Psalm 113:

Psalm 113

Praise the Lord.[a]

Praise the Lord, you his servants;
    praise the name of the Lord.
Let the name of the Lord be praised,
    both now and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
    the name of the Lord is to be praised.

The Lord is exalted over all the nations,
    his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God,
    the One who sits enthroned on high,
who stoops down to look
    on the heavens and the earth?

He raises the poor from the dust
    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes,
    with the princes of his people.
He settles the childless woman in her home
    as a happy mother of children.

Praise the Lord.

The Lord knows the pain that childless women who long for children have and He is the one who gives children.  I pray that I may have the children that I long for, by God’s grace.

The message of Pastor Lakkis was from Amos – about how our faith should affect the way we live.  During the time of Amos, there was a disconnect between the faith of the people and how they relate to one another.  They were religious but far from God, as can be seen in their actions towards others.

Being a Christian is not just about having a personal relationship with Christ – vertical relationship – but also about loving others, not taking advantage of others’ weaknesses for our own profit but to use whatever opportunity to be a blessing, to show God’s love.  Businesses run by Christians should be different from those run by non-Christians.  Instead of just aiming for profit, it should be prioritising service to others.

I thank God for leading us to this church – our church away from home.

The rest of the day we spent with our aunt and our cousin – we checked out the biggest Ikea in Taiwan, and then Carrefour.  We didn’t buy much in Ikea – just this laptop holder I am using now as I type while in bed, and some organizers.

We prepared a simple dinner at home – dumpling soup topped with Ramen Nagi chips.

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