"D" + Mercy = "A+"
Soon, the familiar shadow walked out of the gate and opening the passenger door with a calm voice, totally opposite of the fear and exhaustion I saw yesterday from his face, he blurted out in a low, half-child, half-man kind of voice: "I got a D, mom!"
My composure never waned. I lovingly replied, "It's okay son! I know that you did your best and I'll always be proud of that!"
Back home, as he showed me his paper, not understanding the figures myself, I was just in complete oblivion of my Math knowledge. I think I would have easily gotten an "F" myself.
Whenever we are walking on painful roads on this life's journey, don't we all wish for an easy escape or a quick "U-turn?"...Maybe even for miracles?
And there was good news out of this "failure". Since almost the whole class [who are all hardworking students] failed, the teacher, knowing how hard those students work, decided to consider not including the lowest grade score in their over-all grade from the whole semester. Most of them had the lowest scores today! That will help the students keep their "A's".
Thank You Lord for this miracle! Bless Mr. T, Lord! [Mr. T happens to be the "worship director" in our church family].
My son and I's faces were painted with smiles, our lungs breathing the "air of relief" as we uttered, "thank You Lord!" It's not only my son who learned from this experience. The biggest learner was "me."
The teacher's gesture of mercy to his class is not something new. This event just made me realize how valuable we are to our heavenly Teacher, Who doesn't want us to fail. He dropped our lowest grade [our sins] by giving His own Son to be the sacrifice for that [His act of mercy and love], so that we can keep our "A's" for eternity.
No scientific formula will ever figure out "D+Mercy=A+". It's done in God's way that no man could ever understand...
My dearest friends, never tire sharing your knowledge in this area. Many are still unfamiliar with this class we're in. Some don't even want to be in it. I pray our Teacher will continue to use our blogs to share His wisdom and teaching through us. Have a great weekend and God bless!
Romans 4:8 -"Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by the Lord."
Psalm 103:12 -"He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west."
Romans 10:13 -"Anyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved."
John 5:24 -"I assure you, those who listen to my message and believe in God Who sent me, have eternal life."
Acts 4:12 -"There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them."
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].