In health update: I captured the blooming petunias on my way to the surgery(gall bladder removal). This was right outside the entrance of PIMS hospital, Jalandhar. I am recovering at home now, and grateful for the care and being doted on.
It’s 23C and sunny in Jalandhar and can get very hot around noon. Morning and evenings are much cooler. Dahlia’s are gracing the garden with their vibrancy and it has been such a joy to capture the colors and various stages of bloom. My sister arrives from SFO tomorrow and I cannot wait to meet her and plan our outings (albeit slowly because of the cholecystectomy)
When I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible, I was 16 and too naive to ponder on what it actually meant. That was the age of rebelling, boyfriends, daring friends and not listening to any advice showered by any grown-up who had it “all” figured out. Today, I am married to an amazing man of God, have a stepson and getting closer to 35! To me, this verse reminds me to focus on God’s Love such that I can be a reason for a blessing to those around me. When I am cleaning the dishes, I focus on the blessing of an abundance of food that God provided and left everyone contended and purring in the living room. I don’t allow “the chore” to get me to complain about pleasures of simple things. (Ok washing dishes is not that pleasant but I have to mention that I get mild satisfaction from cleaning glassware).
What I want to draw home is the fact that some tough situations are meant to test our patience reservoir – but we can conquer anything with the love of Christ. But sometimes, it’s not about conquering but surrendering, surprisingly the same love also applies to situations where we are tired, and exhausted and still have like a thousand of things to do.
As this year ends, I want to encourage you to focus on loving yourself, giving the same grace to yourself that you often give to others around you, and try to do everything with love and kindness.
Too much violence in the world, so many reasons to think that this world is heading its doom. Yet, there are people in all walks of life being the source of strength for their family, friends and even strangers. Keep the good alive, smile at strangers, help others in need when you can – for it is good in this world and it resides in You and Me.