#92. Owning a Car

Getting places comfortably, not having to carpool, turning the AC on or off to one’s liking, playing any music one wants, being able to drive oneself anywhere–even if driving in this city is less than desirable–is a blessing.

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#90. Easter Sunday

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. -1 Corinthians 15:20-22

It’s because Jesus died on the cross and resurrected that third day that our faith is not in vain. We have the blessed assurance that, just as Christ rose from the dead, we will one day be glorified too. I say that’s a reason to celebrate every Sunday of the year.

#89. Anticipation

If you are anything like me, Easter is all about the glorious resurrection of Christ that we celebrate on Sunday mornings. But I wonder… have I missed something?

I try to picture myself back in those days. I try to imagine what I would have done had I been one of the disciples. Would I have remembered Jesus’ words when He said that He would resurrect from the dead on the third day, or would I have forgotten about it–shrugged it off in disbelief?

Would I have anticipated–expectantly longed for–His resurrection?

Now that we have the whole picture and we know that Jesus did indeed resurrect, I start to understand that a very important part of Easter is to anticipate, to yearn for Christ to defeat death with life. But an important part of anticipating something is being patient and waiting for it to arrive.

Sometimes I wonder why Jesus came back to life after 3 days. Why did He have to wait rather than just resurrecting immediately after dying? Maybe He was giving us the chance to expect Him, to long for Him. Maybe He wanted the anticipation of His resurrection and of our freedom to brew in our hearts, so that when His glorification was finally displayed that third day, we would understand and embrace this great miracle.

I know it’s not an easy thing to wait. We, humans, don’t like to wait. But maybe we’re missing out on that beautiful feeling of finally receiving what we were waiting for because we try to rush to it instead of anxiously anticipating its arrival. 

#88. Feeling Loved

There are days when I know I am loved.

There are other days when I feel loved by people in my life–much more than I deserve.  

I see every act of love expressed towards me by other people as an act of mercy and love from God Himself. He takes the time to spoil us like that; even when He has already given us the greatest display of love the world has seen at the cross in Calvary.

God is good.

#87. Family

Having a large [extended] family can be chaotic at times, especially when we all get together.

But it’s the kind of chaos that’s worth having. It’s the kind of chaos that I know is a blessing.

I am thankful for all the noise and the craziness that happens at my family gatherings. It all proves that we are a feliz family indeed.