"Preach the gospel at all times, if necessary use words." - St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Day Twelve of Advent - December 8 - A little lady from Thailand

For several months, my mom has been teaching English as a Second Language to a lady in her neighborhood. Noi is from Thailand and even though she has been in America for a number of years, she has much difficulty with speaking and writing. Through this time, they have become close friends and our whole family has enjoyed getting to know Noi.

As is most of Thailand, Noi is Buddhist. Her faith is as deeply steeped in her as is her culture. My mom has heard her speak of others who are very assertive in trying to reach Noi for Christ and Christianity, to the point where Noi is in tears because she feels her culture and faith are being torn apart. As she and my mother have gotten closer, mom has been very cautious about speaking out to her, but would carefully choose simple scriptures to help her learn English, grammar and punctuation. Many times that has led to a conversation about Christianity. We all pray that in time, Noi will come to know Jesus as her Saviour, but it has to be in her time, in God’s time, not our time.

God sent His Son. To this world. To save us. To Love us. To Teach us how to live for Him. And to share His message. Of Love. To all. For centuries, the message of God’s love was kept to the Jewish nation and not spread to other races and cultures. It wasn’t until Jesus came and told us to ‘go and tell all nations’ that the Gentiles were invited into the message.

How are you preparing the world for the coming of Christ? Are you only telling people like yourself? Are you only telling people you know because you are shy around strangers? Are you not telling anybody at all? The way I figure it, the Advent season is to help prepare for the coming of Christ…as a baby. Well, I think we are now in an Advent season because we are still to be preparing for Christ’s coming…in his final return! The time when all nations, every tribe, every person, every knee will bow to worship Him.

Don’t waste this season of Advent. Tell others. Meet them where they are and in what they need. Tell them in Love and not in condemnation or threatening words. Just love ‘em. And each other.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!


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