Families are forever, and there aren’t any legal divorces that will ever change that fact. Furthermore, as an unknown author says in the following quotation: “Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal; love leaves a memory that no one can steal.” I will always remember you, Mr. Wash. Moreover, even though your son and I are divorced, you are still my family. I love you, and I miss you dearly. Rest in Jesus’ arms.
From my house to yours: I pray that everyone’s holidays are blessed and that everyone has a fabulous New Year (2017). Shalom!
Let us always be ready not only to rejoice with the folks who want us to celebrate with them but also be ready to care for the ones who need us to demonstrate compassion for them.
I neither paint nor draw, and, while I do take photographs, I took none of the ones in these illustrated haiku poems. For these reasons, I thank every artist and every photographer whose exquisite artworks helped me explain the meanings of my haiku poems. Most of my haiku poems that I included in each illustrated haiku are from Perfect Peace (2015)—my collection of haiku poetry. The other haiku poems were created between March 2015 and November 2016.
Treating others the way you want to be treated is the nitty-gritty of the Bible’s Golden Rule, and then some. Indeed, when you do to others what you want them to do to you (show love, mercy, respect, and dignity), the golden rule becomes the exemplification of the Holy Spirit’s divine revelation concerning the Gospel of Christ—concerning the One who not only shows us how to fulfill the teachings found in the Law and the books of the Prophets, but also gives us the power and authority to accomplish them.
God not only promises us that He will love us unconditionally, but also He promises us that He will love us forever. His Love never is cold, never is preferential, never rejects us, and never leaves us. God’s Love never changes! We are to love one another in like manner.
Believers in Christ know that the moment the Vine no longer abides in them and they no longer abide in the Vine is when they also no longer can be fruitful Vineyard workers. That is why the Vine and Vineyard motivate Christ followers to continue to stay present in the Vine and the Vineyard—to continue to remain connected to the Vine and Vineyard—because they are these believers’ sources for love and joy.
Colors absolutely do matter. Indeed, it is believed that our favorite colors reveal our personality—our character and our ways of behaving. However, when we are reborn, God reproduces His Character and Behavioral Traits in us. He progressively transforms us—via His Holy Spirit’s Sanctification Process—until we are Christlike, or the perfect blend of all colors!
NO act of kindness should ever be “random”: (made, done, happening, or chosen without method or conscious decision) or (having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective) or (lacking any definite plan or prearranged order; haphazard) or (governed by or depending on chance). Acts of kindness always should be loving (godly), deliberate (conscious/on purpose), and altruistic, and they should happen daily!
For believers to know whether or not they lovingly, mercifully, compassionately, and righteously are correcting (admonishing) and/or teaching others about the need to have their sinful and evil seeds uprooted, and for believers to know whether or not they concurrently are uplifting and encouraging spiritually immature and/or mature believers to invest their holy, righteous, and good seeds in the Kingdom of God, these believers need to revisit the Good Samaritan Parable.