Posted in Lessons Learned from Sickness, Sharing and Caring

“What Do You Want to Eat? I’ll Cook It for You”

Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 16: “What Do You Want to Eat? I’ll Cook It for You”

healing of Ronny Luces
I am glad that this generous practice of food serving is being revived in the life of people in the church.

One good memory I have of childhood in my coastal neighborhood is the picture of people gladly exchanging plates of food.

A neighbor knocking on your door and offering you his freshly cooked ‘ginat-an nga dagmay‘ (taro in coconut milk) was a daily occurrence.

To show him your gratitude, you also put ‘apan-apan‘ (water spinach) in his plate with 3 pieces of ‘bukayo‘ (coconut candy) for his children.

Alas, this healthy exchange of goodwill and foodstuff gradually faded, which the younger generation no longer witnessed.

I am glad that this generous practice of food serving is being revived in the life of people in the church.

During potluck dinners, fellowship gatherings, thanksgiving services, family celebrations, people bringing foodstuff to be shared and enjoyed is a sight to behold.

I believe that this practice is not only a cultural expression to proclaim to all and sundry our Bayanihan identity, but it is to me a manifestation of the nature of our Christian faith and spiritual identity.

In the scriptures, Christ always shared food with the people. He even commanded his disciples who were facing 5000 people, “You give them something to eat” (Luke 9:13).

My long hospital confinement was not all filled with difficult or heavy experiences like pain, boredom, anxiety, stress, but also memorable experiences of joy, sharing and fellowship.

These joyful experiences were usually ushered in by phone calls I frequently receive, “Pastor, what do you want to eat? I’ll cook it for you”.

Posted on FB: 9 March 2015 – 12:44 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.

PHOTO CREDIT: Dennis Miyashiro via Flickr Creative Commons License. The photo has been cropped and re-sized to fit website requirement.

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You Are Not Alone!

Central Philippine University

Where is the sunshine?
You thought all your life were cloudy days
And you really want to know,
You wanted to be sure,
Does Jesus still care?

Where are the good times?
You’ve been walking through the narrow path
But now that you’re alone,
You wanted to be sure,
Is Jesus still with you.

You must count the cost
You must give your all
When you follow the Lord

Your faith will be tested
And when trials come
Be firm on your stand
You must live for the Lord!

You are not alone!
He’s walking by your side
And watching day and night
He loves you and me.

You are not alone!
Just trust with all your heart
And keep Him in your mind,
He will walk with you forever.

PLEASE LISTEN TO THE SONG DEMO HERE…

Posted in Inspirational

Let Us Go to the Lofty Place Now

From Worry To Glory
Cool Summer Sea Breeze by Joven Baloyo
If there is any place I want to be forever, I want to be in the Lofty Place

 
While lofty place is a common phrase, I first used it when I wrote the song, “Summer Wind“.

When you want to escape the searing heat and glare of summer the best place to go is somewhere up the mountains where the view is calm and the breeze is cool.

Or perhaps go to a pristine island and just enjoy the serenity of the beach in sunrise or sunset setting.

One can’t help but think about the “loft” of the house, which refers to the floor directly under the roof. Some call it attic.

Loft reminds me of the place where Clark Kent, the main character in the TV series Smallville, stays. He stays in the hayloft of the barn.

Lofty place as used in the song “Summer Wind” points to higher ground where one could find solace and safety.

It is a hideaway, a place of solitude, love, peace and harmony.

It is a place of friendship, where people are faithful and true. The lofty place is where ambitions and ideals are realized. It is a place of consistency, where justice rules and hope abounds.

If the Lofty Place exists, where can one find it?

 
Yes, the “Lofty Place” exists and you can find it in God.

You can find it by entering the small gate and taking the narrow road, the path that is hard and long, where only a few finds it but it surely leads to life. (Matthew 7:13-14).

Try to look around and you can see that there is so much pain, hunger, poverty, and hatred among the peoples of the world. Wars quell wars and it is being fought both through the military and economic fronts.

There is so much decadence of values and it looks like those who make a stand are ridiculed and isolated.

The reign of hypocrisy and triumph of dishonesty even in the church and religious institutions are so perplexing and de-motivating.

Is it not comforting to know that amidst all these situations there is one and only one place where you can go and be free from the world’s confinements? The place is at the Lofty Place.

Obviously now, the Lofty Place is the dwelling place of God, where you can live in peace infinitely.

It is where you can do your best and do your fullest potential, not for the praise of men but for the glory of God. Most of all, it is a place where true friends live.

Come, let us go to the Lofty Place and find the best motivation and inspiration to live life to its fullest

 
Hey, don’t get me wrong. This is not death’s premonition nor you need to die a physical death to reach the Lofty Place.

I remember Paul’s exhortation, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

Let us go to the Lofty Place now… the Spirit of God shall take us there.