Posted in Lessons Learned from Sickness, Love

“With this Ring”

Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 17: “With this Ring”

With this ring

Open your hands. Look at your ring finger. Is your wedding ring still there?

In my long hospital confinement, my wedding ring caused me some uncomfortable and embarrassing moments. My ring finger has grown bigger that my wedding ring can no longer be removed.

That is why every time I went to the OR, CT-Scan room and even x-rays, I have to explain to the people tasked to prepare me, my predicament – my ring can’t be removed.

They have to cover my ring finger with adhesive tapes so that my ring (or anything it represents) will not interfere with my medical procedures.

And so it came to pass that when I was released from confinement, the first thing that Mam Martha asked me to do was to look for ways for that ring to be removed.

It’s good that we have a church member who knew some jewelers familiar with the task of cutting and re-sizing a ring to make it just like new.

That explains why, after my hospital confinement, I’ve got a “new” wedding ring – fitted well, with its freshly printed inscription – Martha Mae, July 8, 1990 (the date of our wedding).

With this ring, I continue to pledge with her my matrimonial vow of a loving marriage.

Posted on FB: 9 March 2015 – 9:10 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces is the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he has lung cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny writes his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness”.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles. Please pray for Pastor Ronny’s healing.

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Posted in Healing Sickness, Lessons Learned from Sickness, Love, Marriage Covenant

In Sickness or in Health

Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 9: In Sickness or in Health

Rhonzy Maellen (daughter), Martha Mae (wife) and Ronny
Rhonzy Maellen (daughter), Martha Mae (wife) and Ronny

I’ve solemnized marriage ceremonies of many couples.

In fact, I have already lost count how many I had pronounced as husbands and wives to be united in holy matrimony.

But there’s never an instant in which I forgot to include in their wedding vows this statement – do you promise to remain faithful, to love, comfort and honor your spouse, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in SICKNESS or in health…?

And all of them said, I DO!

I’ve made the same vows myself with Mam Martha (we will celebrate our 25th anniversary this coming July 2015).

I discovered the true essence, meaning, and application of this vow in my sickness!

Without Mam Martha’s presence by my side, sacrificial service, in-depth affirmation of love and earnest prayers, I could have succumbed to hopelessness.

I was very vulnerable to negative emotions like fear, uncertainty, and confusion.

It was easy to issue denials, blames and complaints if only to ease my mind of these negative vibrations.

Mam Martha ensured that in sickness, our vows would be strengthened, our relationship would be closer, our love for each other more meaningful, visible and pure.

I get stronger every day because of Mam Martha’s consistent affirmation of our marriage covenant.

She’s there for me, in the moments I certainly need her.

I thank the Lord for giving me Mam Martha!

Posted on FB: 5 March 2015 – 4:24 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces was the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He, his wife, Martha and daughter, Ronamae have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he had lung cancer. He underwent chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny started writing his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness.”

On 9 July 2015, Pastor Ronny rested his earthly life.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles.

Posted in Help Philippines, Love

Tim Cook, Apple Inc. and Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

Apple Inc donates to typhoon victims

I read the article, “Tim Cook tells employees Apple has ‘big plans’ for 2014 that ‘customers are going to love’” by Mark Gurman.

Reading through Tim Cook’s narrative of what to expect from Apple in 2014, the phrase below caught my attention:

[quote cite=”Tim Cook” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Cook”%5DThis year, Apple raised and donated tens of millions of dollars for important charities and relief efforts like Red Cross aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines,… [/quote]

This is part of Tim Cook’s email to employees sharing the company’s big plans for 2014.

Isn’t it a blessing that prosperous companies such as Apple Inc. have this generous heart to those in need and for the betterment of humanity.

It is our prayer that charitable institutions that received Apple’s donations are able to accomplish the expected works of charity.

Below is a screenshot of Tim Cook’s letter to Apple employees that Mark Gurman published at 9to5Mac

Tim Cook tells employees Apple has ‘big plans’ for 2014 that ‘customers are going to love’   9to5Mac

Source: 9to5Mac

Posted in Help Philippines, Love

Winchester Rural School – Still Thinking of Philippines

Winchester Rural School still thinking of philippines

A friend who’s driving home yesterday took this photo and shared it with me.

Being a Filipino, this is very encouraging and heart-warming.

Winchester is a small town in the South Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island.

Thank you Winchester Rural School!

Thank you New Zealand!


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PHOTO CREDIT: Grant Holland

 


Posted in From Worry To Glory, Love, Uncategorized

Happy Birthday, My Dearest Wife

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May the Lord God Almighty bless you and keep you as we journey in faithful service to our Lord and Master Jesus Christ.

 

Thank you for your loving care and for being there always for us in all situations.

 
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As the days and years go by let us take joy in witnessing the Mighty Hand of God working in our lives, family and friends.

Happy birthday!

 
 
 

With much love and care, Jonan and Jadyn

 

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

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Posted in Living in New Zealand Now, Living in Timaru, Love, Mission

How I Wish Everyone Would Just “Love Your Neighbours as Yourself”

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. Romans 15:2
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14

Seeing a video on Facebook about how thieves (called ‘sliders’) operate in the US sparked my wishful thinking.

Indeed, when we love our neighbour as we love ourselves, there’s always peace and order in the community.

Committing to this law is much much cheaper than building a fence or installing a state-of-the-art security surveillance system.

Real estate developers in the Philippines try to recreate a neighbourhood and make “peace and order”, “security” and “safety” as their primary selling point. Some would even attach the term “exclusive community”.

A friend in Auckland forgot to close a rear window remained untouched.
A friend in Auckland forgot to close a rear window but his car remained untouched through the night.

We thank the Lord for making it possible for us to live in a community where neighbourhood values are very strong.

A schoolmate who lived in downtown Auckland, parking on the street for the night forgot to close his car window. He was so happy nothing was lost nor his car was ever touched.

Well, we could say he was just lucky.

How about these.

We were living in Forrest Hill, Auckland and we were about to sleep at past 10:00 PM when someone knocked on our door.

It was our Korean neighbour. She apoligised for disturbing us. Then she told us that we left our car door open.

Yes it was wide open because our 7-year-old forgot to close it after getting off the car and we’re just parking on the street.

Living in Timaru now, one of our Kiwi friends noticed how I would unlock and lock the door when he comes to visit.

I told him that it’s been a habit in the Philippines to always keep the door locked even if we’re in the house.

There was a time we get off my car as I parked on the side street. Then I locked the doors. He said out loud, “Oh Jonan, you don’t trust your neighbours?”

I blushed a bit and laughed telling him, “It’s just a hard habit to break, mate.”

Well, these are just bits and pieces of why New Zealand is the safest country in the world.

I do believe when people bind the law “Love your neighbour as yourself” in their hearts there would be much peace and order in the community.

In Timaru, the Presbyterian Home Support provides food delivery and home cleaning for the elderly.
In Timaru, the Presbyterian Home Support provides food delivery and home cleaning for the elderly.