Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Quote of the Day: “The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.” -- Samuel Johnson
The beginning of a new year in one of the poorest countries in the world with a short lifespan, many, many deaths from malaria and AIDS, and pervasive poverty would seem to be a sad occasion. These wonderful people, Muslim and Christian are full of hope for the future. The Christians more than anyone else because they know that they are loved. They know that Christ came, died, and rose for them. They know that an eternal heaven awaits and that life here is just temporary. These people, more than most, understand that they are resident aliens on this planet and that home is not here but eternal in the heavens. They know that the death that surrounds and envelops them will not triumph but has already been defeated. Perhaps the best illustration of this is the creed of faith written by the Masaai tribe here. I reprint it here as it was given to me in Nairobi in 2003:
1. We believe in the one High God, who out of love created the beautiful world and everything good in it. He created man and wanted man to be happy in the world. God loves the world and every nation and tribe on the earth. We have known this High God in the darkness, and now we know him in the light. God promised in the book of his word, the Bible, that he would save the world and all the nations and tribes.
2. We believe that God made good his promise by sending his son, Jesus Christ, a man in the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village, who left his home and was always on safari doing good, curing people by the power of God, teaching about God and man, showing that the meaning of religion is love. He was rejected by his people, tortured and nailed hands and feet to a cross, and died. He lay buried in the grave, but the hyenas did not touch him, and on the third day, he rose from the grave. He ascended to the skies. He is the Lord.
3. We believe that all our sins are forgiven through him. All who have faith in him must be sorry for their sins, be baptized in the Holy Spirit of God, live the rules of love, and share the bread together in love, to announce the good news to others until Jesus comes again. We are waiting for him. He is alive. He lives. This we believe. Amen.
Sorta says it all, doesn't it?
Click on the photo at the right for many more reasons why we have so much hope here--