Categories: 2018

Lent 2018: Day Eight

Matthew 5:7-8

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

As we enter the eighth day of our Lenten season, we are reminded of Jesus’ sermon on the beatitudes, particularly of the word “Blessed” which has the general meaning of “Happy” or “Joyful.” It is a spiritual blessedness, a divine satisfaction that comes from a strong relationship with God. We are again reminded that blessed are the merciful and are the pure in heart.

My family and I previously served as GBGM missionaries to the Island of Fiji in the South Pacific. One of the many blessings that we received while in Fiji was working with the local orphanage home. At the home we often went out of our way to feed and accommodate the children’s needs. During those moments of struggle, frustration and disappointment, I often witnessed the miracles of God’s hand of grace and joy providing in ways I could not see.

Although there were days when we did not have enough food, we enjoyed the opportunity to sit down and witness all the unique personalities of each orphan child. Our favorite time during these meals was the songs we sang, especially the song, “Down in My Heart There is a JOY” that emphasizes that we are so happy when we have the love of Jesus in our hearts.

Despite the years of hardship, I considered my experience in Fiji the “most blessed time of my ministry.” Why? Because in those days of having less, God provided. Days of struggles and uncertainty, God’s grace was made known. Days of hunger and thirst, God was our joy.

There is an external joy and happiness in our heart when we show compassion to those who are in need. We are blessed because merciful and pure in heart is something God himself displays.

Prayer: Merciful God, we pray for the ministries that have undertaken to care for orphaned and abandoned children. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Matini Niponi Finau
Box Springs Cooperative Parish
East District

Communications

Comments are closed.

Share
Published by
Communications

Recent Posts

  • Bishop Hagiya

Bishop Hagiya’s Christmas Message 2018

We here in the California-Pacific Conference have experienced some challenging and difficult times recently. Life is always a challenge, but…

4 days ago
  • News

National Christmas tour coming to Los Angeles on December 12

Los Angeles – Those meandering through Pershing Square with visions of sugarplums might also get a glimpse of the true…

5 days ago
  • Action

Two Upcoming Events on Migrant Justice and Border Ministries

All who sense the call to participate in ministry with asylum seekers and migrants are invited to two upcoming events…

1 week ago
  • Missionaries

Letter from Terri and Evelyn Erberle – GBGM Missionaries in Alaska (Nov 2018)

Many of you are new to receiving our Erbele Etchings so we’ll start this letter with a brief introduction. We…

2 weeks ago
  • Immigration
  • News
  • Peace with Justice

Declaración conjunta en respuesta a las caravanas de migrantes centroamericanos

Declaración conjunta en respuesta a las caravanas de migrantes centroamericanos  7 de noviembre de 2018  La migración humana es tan antigua como la historia humana.…

2 weeks ago
  • Announcement
  • News

Letter To Lay Servants Of The California-Pacific Conference

Dear Lay Servants, Greetings fellow Sisters and Brothers in Christ. As your new California Pacific Annual Conference Director of Lay…

2 weeks ago