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Daily Bible Reflections Archive
| Theo Tigno
12/15/2011 1:43 pm
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|Friday in the Third Week of Advent
| John 5: 33-36
Jesus said to the Jews: "You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved. John was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John's. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me."
Today's prayer intention - for those who are traveling.
When I look at the amount of toys that my nephew has, I am blown away. After all, growing up I didn't have a lot of toys. I remember getting two Transformers growing up, but I don't remember having the abundance of toys that my nephew has today.
Regardless of that, I still know my parents. I know that both of my parents have a great love of cooking. I know that my mom likes romantic comedies and is very generous with her time and money. I know that my dad loves working on cars and inventing new solutions to problems.
Would I have known them differently if they would have given more toys? Would I have gotten any closer to them if I would have received everything that I ever asked from them?
My parents may not have gotten me a lot of toys, but I did get a mini computer, in which I learned basic programming with. My parents did get me a trombone in which I learned music on. They got me my own baseball bat so that I can practice my swing. What they provided were things to help me know myself better ... things that I actually had to put some work into.
Now, part of my work is programming, and I do music ministry on the side. I can't remember the last time I swung a baseball bat, but I remember working together as team.
We may not know the reasons why God provides certain things for us in our lives. We may not know why God withholds the things we desire. What we do know is that God loves us beyond our understanding and desires our good beyond our understanding. Will we know that better if we got everything that we asked for? Will we know Him better if He simply gave us blessings?
The gifts my parents gave me showed me not only that they loved me, but that they wanted me to be the best I could be. God the Father sent us Christ to us so that we could be the best that we can be: a Saint. Take care and God Bless.