This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. —1 John 3: 16
Last night, I decided to watch a romantic movie entitled “A Soldier’s Love Story.” It was a mixture of feeling in love and concern that was awakened inside of me while watching it and a lot of realizations thereafter. Faith, it makes everything possible. Love, it makes us believe in second chances. Passion, it drives us to do things that concerns mankind. Wisdom, it makes us decide rightly and appropriately.
My friend named Arianne is married to a soldier, my high school classmates Gerardo and Nelson both serve as soldiers too and a college acquaintance shifted profession from nursing to serving the US Army. I know it was You Lord who put that desire in their hearts to choose that profession though they know the risks they are going to take, still they have decided to become one of the few warriors who are brave enough to serve the nation by all means.
My God, these soldiers are your children who are compassionate enough to bring and maintain peace to the country. I pray for you to shield them with your precious blood and protect them from the enemies. Give them courage to fight for what is right, good health and strength to be able to function at their very best, wisdom to think decisively and faith in you to keep going.
Bless their family Lord for they are the ones who are having sleepless nights because of the nature of these warrior’s job. Give them peace in their hearts and minds. Put away anxiety and feeling of loneliness.
Father God, we entrust their lives in you. Take control.
I just watched HOME RUN and I learned a lot of things while seeing the movie. I know it was your will for me to see it Father. To begin with, it changed my perspective of understanding how people behave. We act in different ways. Each of us have various experiences, good or bad, which moulded us to become what we are today. And I have come to realize that to every misbehavior is a bad story behind. Just like the main character in the movies who was alcoholic, there is a way out to every addiction that enslaves us.
My God, forgive me for those times I questioned you for allowing unpleasant things to happen in my life. You know my story and I cannot hide anything from you. You know how my past experiences changed me. You know very well the dark secret that envelopes me. But God, I believe, just like Cory in the story, that I can overcome with You by my side. I cannot change if it is by my own strength and will but with your grace Lord, I will be set free from my addictions that robs the time which I should be spending in reading and meditating your words.
I pray Father to those people who had a dark past, those who were sexually abused, those who were from a broken family, those who are victims of crimes, those who never experienced how to be joyful, that they may come to know You. All those burdens they are carrying, please help them carry it Lord. We may not know the reason why You allowed it to happen by now but in due time, it will be revealed Lord. Help us to see the good in every bad situation.
Father, I put my trust in you. I am not fighting this alone for You are with me. I know You are just making a good testimony out of my story and I have faith in how you are guiding me Lord. One day, just like those in the Celebrate Recovery Session, I will be bold enough to speak in front of people and testify how You have changed me.