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Hi, I’m Sabrina Lin and I was asked to share a story about my Dad.
My dad, Dr. CT Lo, was born in 1932 in Taiwan and is 87 years old now. He has a PhD in zoology and is an expert in schistosomiasis, which is the scientific name for bilharzia, a disease caused by the blood fluke parasite. So, my Dad worked for the WHO in Ethiopia trying to eradicate bilharzia. Being a scientist made him very skeptical and critical. He didn’t take what you said at face value. He always analyzed everything, almost too much. He thought he was always right. Do you know anyone like this in your family? Read more
“He lets me lie down in fields of green grass.
He leads me beside quiet waters. He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths for the honor of his name.”
– Psalm 23: 2-3
As Christians, we’ve been taught the importance of being active in our faith. This is good, because we ought to be a living testament of Christ. However being active can lead to burnouts, frustrations, and a sense of being lonesome. Finding rest is something we all long for in life, whether it is with family, with friends, or current situations. Here we read David finding rest in the Lord. Not only is David able to find rest, but be guided by the Holy Spirit on the right path. Today I just want to bless you to ask God, What is it that I need rest from?’ Because when we return back to Him for rest, He will guide you and me on the right path.
“In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.”
– Jonah 2:2
God hears us when we call. When we are feeling down, when the circumstances around us seem to challenge us to our cores, and there is nothing to do but to call out to God, this verse reminds us that He listens and answers. Our God is steadfast and kind, and we can rely on Him when we need Him most.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
– Luke 4:18-19
As I reflect on the systemic oppression and racism that our black brothers and sisters face in America, I am reminded of the prophetic words that proclaimed who Jesus came down from heaven to earth for. Jesus came for the oppressed, he came for those who had no voice in society. He came to reestablish the corrupt order that the religious leaders had built. In taking example after Jesus, we are called to stand up to the injustice and oppression that affect not only our black brothers and sisters but also other minority communities. It’s not easy, and Jesus’s life shows us that standing up for the oppressed can lead to hatred and persecution, but it’s not a decision we make, it’s what we’re called to do.