Friday, December 01, 2006



DECEMBER 2, 2006

John said: An angel showed me the river of life-giving water,
sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the
Lamb down the middle of the street, On either side of the river grew
the tree of life that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each
month; the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.
Nothing accursed will be found anymore. The throne of God and of the
Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will look
upon his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Night will be
no more, nor will they need light from lamp or sun, for the Lord God
shall give them light, and they shall reign forever and ever. And he
said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true, and the Lord, the
God of prophetic spirits, sent his angel to show his servants what
must happen soon." "Behold, I am coming soon." Blessed is the one who
keeps the prophetic message of this book.

LUKE 21:34-36
Jesus said to his disciples: "Beware that your hearts do not become
drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily
life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day
will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant
at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the
tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man."

We take many things in life for granted. We assume that things will
remain the same until something happens that disrupts what we
had presumed to be normal. With this kind of thinking, we tend to
behave somewhat complacently. As if there's no urgency for us to
act, since everything is normal. We go about our daily lives, our
daily routines and leave everything to fate. To think that
everything is already destined is wrong. We'd not be able to write
or choose our own destiny.

Nobody is exempt, for tragedy "will come down on every living man on
the face of the earth." It will be so sudden that we will realize
what has happened only after it has already occurred. That is why
preparation is necessary, seeds, as it were, need to be planted so
that there will be something we can gather and reap when the time

What then do we have to prepare? We are told to stay "awake,"
praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to
happen. Our precautions can only limit the degree of impact on us.
Our alertness, however, and our preparedness, our character and our
attitude towards tragedy will precondition us to cope with whatever
may happen. We are told to store not the things that will rot and
fade but things that will last forever. This can only be done if we
obey Jesus' command for us to Love God and to love our neighbors.

Instead of "crying over spilled milk" we ought, instead, to take on
suffering as a challenge and offer it to God, making good use of it
for his greater glory.

In the end, the righteous ones will remain standing because they have
proven that they are the stronger ones, strengthened by faith, hope,
love and the Holy Spirit.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the personal intentions and success of Sheena Karla Caranto.
- for the healing and recovery of Myra.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Isis T. So
- for world peace and reconciliation.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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