Saw this scene after a CHC service last Friday. I was very touched by this sight. A younger boy was laying hands and silently praying for an older boy (presumed to be his elder brother, or friend) while a counselor prays for him.
Great love for the latter must had prompted the lad to get up from his seat, come down the aisle and pray for his brethren.
This is what Easter is all about, Love.
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
– 1 John 3:16
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
– John 15:13
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
– 1 Corinthians 13:13
Last Friday after Good Friday service, tired as I am, I spent a good 20 minutes talking to the night guard, Chandra. Learnt so much from this fruitful and humbling conversation. Chandra shared that Jesus and Christianity is good and he respects that even though he is a Hindu. He revealed something new to me that back in the 1960s and 1970s, there used to be a public holiday for Easter Sunday too, thus stretching to ‘Easter Monday’, making it a long public holiday break. During those periods, car races were held and people had lots of fun both participating and spectating.
As we learnt about one another, Chandra shared that he was part of the first batch of soldiers trained by Israeli forces when SAF was just formed! How amazing was that? His son was an engineer, and a brilliant one who excelled during his time in MINDEF during his NS liability. He was the brains behind removing the ‘S’ when it comes to filling up data so that today we no longer need to key the extra ‘S’ when we want to key in our ID.
Chandra said that when I come to church, I need to come before Jesus with my feelings; my heart, I cannot just come to church like a religious obligation. By coming to Jesus with my heart, then only can I expect help from above. Many words was exchanged during the short conversation, and with it, life from a 60-year-old to a 24-year-old as well. I am blessed by this experience.
Before I left, he said today’s a Good Friday, and also a sad friday (because Jesus died). I replied, it’s okay because He came back!
There is a Love that’s so pure.
It is unfailing when storms threaten to engulf.
It is embracing when the heart breaks.
It is sweet like honey.
It brings peace, calms the years of endless insomnia.
It is consuming it consumes every darkness in the heart.
It is selfless He sacrificed Himself.
It is unconditional.
Come experience this Love this Easter.