My teenage son was asking me a few days ago if he could invite a friend over. Though I knew who the friend was, he hasn't really been over our house and my husband and I haven't met his parents.
Being on his Spring break for another week, I was torn between just us going out and doing things together [spending quality time so to speak] vs. him inviting his friend. But because my son had been studying hard, I decided to let him do so and let him relax and have a good time with his friend...
So, he placed a phone call to that specific friend and before they hung up with each other, I overheard my son, "Yeah, let's have our moms talk to each other before you come over."
I can't tell you how proud I was of my son and that friend for being responsible despite their age, and for the respect they both had shown to us, their parents. 5 minutes later, my cell phone rang and it was K's mom. First, it was an awkward conversation since we didn't know each other, so I decided to introduce a little bit about myself and my husband. She did the same with me after that. All of a sudden, there was just a weird feeling like we were comfortable though we had not met each other. So, she said she would bring her son the following day.
The palm trees were swaying back and forth as they were being rocked by the gusts of wind in our front yard. A white big truck parked in front of the curb and out came, K and his mom. My son and I were waiting at the door and we both hollered, "Good morning."
I invited Mrs. K. and showed her around the house, showed her some family pics and offered her to sit down. She started telling me she was a cancer survivor and through that, when she was feeling left alone by everyone even her best friend, that was when she came to know Christ! She is a teacher here in our district.
We had talked a little bit but I could tell, we were more comfortable now that we had met each other in person. The 2 boys had a great time playing together. I asked them, "What do you guys think happened that you both were just comfortable with each other yet you only have 1 class where you both go together?" Both of them said, they had the same interests, my son in designing cars and the other boy in designing airplanes, etc. etc...
I was trying to not interrupt the boys' answers, because before I even asked them that question, I already had a fixed answer in my mind...I blurted it out, "you both are brothers in Christ and that's why your friendship is neat because God had brought you together." My son goes, "thank You, Lord." K said, "Amen!"
When the night came and I was reflecting about us meeting this family, my heart was speaking with the Lord, saying, "To think that I almost didn't allow my son to invite his friend, not only that I, myself, would have missed out meeting a sister in Christ, Lord, I almost missed out on an answered prayer."
You see, during some of my own devotions, I always pray for my son for the Lord to always guide and protect him and most of all, give him Christian friends."...
"Lord, mighty are Your works! Thank You for Your friendship. It's not about finding true friends...It's about being one...."
The Attacker (5/15/09)
The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies.
Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.
Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.
All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.
When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.
The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.
When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.
[Source: Life Application Bible]:
We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.
“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14
Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].
Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.
Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.
Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].