Praying for the People’s Salvation

Meditating on Psalm 123:

Unto You I lift up my eyes,
O You who dwell in the heavens.
2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,
As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
So our eyes look to the Lord our God,
Until He has mercy on us. (Ps. 123:1-2)

This is our prayer to the God who holds the universe. Our country has been battered and broken by disasters and tragedies, but we continue to hope and wait for mercy until the Lord save and restore our people.

After super typhoon Haiyan wiped out our Church’s outreach in Iloilo in the Visayas Region, the beloved workers set up this temporary place where the brethren can gather to worship the Lord. Notice the mud they are stepping on. But they are unmindful of it. What’s important to them is they remain faithful in serving the Lord whatever may come.

They set up a temporary shelter under a tree. It doesn’t matter how austere their place of worship is, for “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17: 20-21, emphasis added).

The salt and light of the earth. To God be the glory!

Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us! (v. 3)

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  1. Barbie says:

    Thank you for sharing the simplicity of worshipping Jesus. Praying for your Philippines.

  2. Thank you for these beautiful images and words. Church is not a building but the body of Christ who gathers to worship Him. Praying for restoration and hope in the Philippines.

  3. I see incredible strength & peace in these photos because I know the Lord Who gives them His strength, is in their midst. Likewise, I know where my strength & help comes from. Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

  4. Such a moving post!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

  5. Hazel Moon says:

    Even in tragedy I am amazed how people can workship and learn more about Jesus even under a tree. I view open Bibles, and one lady taking notes of the sermon, show people wanting to grow in grace and learn more about our Lord. Thank you for sharing with us here at “Tell Me a Story” as we continue to pray for the dear people in the Philippines.

    • RinaPeru says:

      It reminds me of “the poor which are rich in faith”, Hazel. These are folks in our Church – glory to God! Thank you for the prayers.

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