Japan, the world's third largest economy, can be seen on our above YouTubeVideo link humbled by the fury of mother nature.
[See related link on NASA.gov on "Japan Quake may have Shortened Earth Days, Moved Axis"- may have shortened day by 1.8 microseconds, see other earthquakes' effect on earth's axis]
While we spend countless hours trying to make both ends meet, playing our favorite video game, watching our favorite movie of sports, burn our our eyebrows reading a best selling novel or browsing the web for ways to earn money, driving to a great world wonder or scenic spot or just pondering, texting, daydreaming or sleeping, may we not forget that when our time us up and it is time to go, we make sure our soul is saved.
And make no mistake about it, it is in Christ's words and teachings that we are saved.
Jesus made it clear to his disciples in Matthew 24:35 as he said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
In James 1:6-8, Saint James reminds us never to doubt in God's words, rather, find strength in our faith through Christ, "But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind, That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does."
And in 1 John 4:13-16, apostle and gospel writer John proclaims through the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit who Christ Jesus is, “We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”
It is so appalling indeed that still, many in this life are in darkness as they have no or low regard and respect to life in others.
Gruesome as it may seem, the practice of abortion has been legalized in many parts of the world, on top of the violence through merciless killings and worse, search the web for human fetuses eaten in Japan and China.
We are all encouraged to pray for all unbelievers that they may find enlightenment in Christ, ask forgiveness and be forgiven for their sins, for our sins and that of the whole world, as it has been revealed by our Lord Jesus to Polish Sister Helena Faustina Kowalska, through the Divine Mercy prayer, that the world may turn to God and find renewal in Jesus.
Sister Faustina, herself, has seen the vision of hell, with the devils hating her as she has become equipped with this revelation from God Himself, that "no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no hell" and that all may believe in the many tortures and sufferings of those in hell, in eternal damnation.
A DVD link here shows the vision mission of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, as inspired by Sister Faustina's revelations of God's message to relate to the whole world.
This beautiful and very powerful daily 3 O'Clock prayer urges us to pray to God through our Lord Jesus, "Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal one, have mercy on us and the whole world," (mentioned three times) and "Jesus, King of Mercy, we trust in You." And as Sister Superior Mother Mary Bernard puts it, "one soul that raises itself raises the world."
The introduction prayer goes, "You died Jesus, but the source of life flowed out for soul and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fountain of Life, Immeasurable Divine Mercy, cover the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us." "O Blood and Water which flowed out from the heart of Jesus as a Fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You."
In Matthew 21:42-43 Jesus said in the "Parable of the Tenants," when asked of what the landlord will do to the tenants, referring to those who do not heed his words, rejects him and lacks the faith and trust in him, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone, the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous is our eyes.
‘Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”
Also in Matthew 16:25-26, Jesus tells his disciples, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?”
Can all the material things, lust, power, wealth, pride and worship of other gods as pagans do in this world save us when we are called for our last farewell? Are we apt and ready meet our Creator on the life beyond?
While we are admonished by God to be productive in our work, may our attitude towards our work and those around us be that of Christ and in his Spirit, as in the "Parable of the Talents," that we may glorify God in whatever good we do and become true witness to his words with love and in truth in our hearts.
Proverbs 15:9-10 puts it, “The Lord detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness. Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.”
And for those who turn to God, obey His commandments, and abide by Christ's teachings, in his love they will find what true peace and happiness is as they find more blessings in this life, and the promise of eternal life.
The more we fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit through prayers and thanksgiving, humility, love and forgiveness, the more we feel God's love, presence and blessings in this life.
As in God's words, in 2 Chronicles 7:14, it is stated, “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
[Read on our related linked post on "God's Awesome Works in God's Awesome Creation."]
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