Some Things Never Change (3)

by Benny Law June. 19, 2021 346 views

Once again, this post is a result of inspiration I received from Craig, from his latest post which has a Father's Day theme. I feel extremely blessed to be the father of my daughter. Together, we have sojourned on this earth for thirty years thus far, and I thank God for every one of them. I hope that by His grace, there will be many more to come.

Yesterday, my daughter delivered a gift with a card to me at my condo along with some stuff she had picked up from Costco for me and my wife. This time, the gift was a lovely framed art she had created herself. On it are the back view of a father and his daughter sitting on a dock gazing into the sunset, and a Bible verse:

"Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." — 1 Peter 1:13.

In the early years of my daughter, she actually had a framed art with the same verse hanging on her bedroom wall. That one was created my me. (I don't know what happened to it.) I picked this verse because the Chinese name I gave her was based on this verse: It is 曉恩 where 曉 (破曉) means dawn and 恩 (恩典) means grace. So, her Chinese name means "the grace of dawn." This is what the verse encourages us to do, to set our hope fully on the grace to be brought to us at the appearing of Jesus Christ (His second coming) which is likened to dawn. Because of this living hope, we have a very different outlook on life and even difficult times like the pandemic don't get us down. The night may be really dark now, but we know dawn is coming.

It is so sweet that after all these years, my daughter is using this verse to remind me and encourage me, and I am so glad that this verse has taken root in her heart.

Some things never change.

A monochrome version of a photo I have posted before. I created this version with the intent of entering it in the latest weekly photo challenge organized by Craig, but eventually I decided to enter a new photo.

A monochrome version of a photo I have posted before. I created this version with the intent of entering it in the latest weekly photo challenge organized by Craig, but eventually I decided to enter a new photo.

If you are interested, here are the links to my previous posts on the same theme:

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Tsao T-F 3 months ago

I reviewed your "Some things will never change" series that I had read before. I believe you must have paid a lot of time to her education. I am glad that your daughter is always so kind to her father. 雖然我不是教徒,我覺得曉恩名字取得很好。即使面對紛亂的當下,也勇敢樂觀期待未來!

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Benny Law Replied to Tsao T-F 3 months ago

Thanks for your comments and for taking the time to read my posts again, TF. I did try to give my daughter the best education, not just secular but spiritual as well. I am thankful for the way she has turned out, and she does love her parents and she loves God as well.

我是基督徒,我很盼望您也能認識創造天地萬物並救贖我們的真神,只有祂能給我們真實的、榮耀的盼望。有了祂我們才有一個值得期待的未來。我會在我的禱告中記念您。🙏😊

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Tsao T-F Replied to Benny Law 3 months ago

Thanks my friend.pray

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Andrew Buchanan 3 months ago

Hi Benny,

What a lovely testimony - you know I share your views! Your post reminded me of a Gospel Song called 'It's Always Darkest Before The Dawn', the lyrics are:

Are you discouraged and are you blue
Are clouds obscuring the sun from view?
Keep trusting Jesus, though storms assail
You have His promise He will not fail

CHORUS
It's always darkest before the dawn,
Don't be discouraged but carry on,
He'll not forsake you, the sun will break through
It's always darkest before the dawn.

He knows your heartache, He understands,
Just put your problems in His great hands,
No trouble meets you but in His will,
He's not forgotten, He loves you still.

Faith in Jesus really does help see us through our troubles - although I've not been particularly well recently and suffering low energy, I've not been dis-spirited because of my faith - like you I have been extremely blessed, firstly, to have a soulmate in my lovely wife, secondly, to have three wonderful children and now six grandchildren...and many other blessings.

I believe in the 'three-score-years-and-ten' average life span - so I count each day since reaching 70 a special blessing - how nice it has been to see and get to know each of my grandchildren, some of whom I would not have met had I not had these 'added' blessed days.

Despite health and physical problems I try to think of each day in terms of blessings, which reminds me of the chorus of a well known hymn.

Chorus:

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Antonio Gil said 'We are all hoping for the dawn to appear in these dark times.' and I'm sure that is true for many, even those without faith in God.

Take care & kind regards,

Andrew

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Benny Law Replied to Andrew Buchanan 3 months ago

Amen to your sharing, brother Andrew! I hope you don't mind me calling you brother, but you indeed are my brother in Christ. 🙂 I have not heard of the first song you shared, but I like the lyrics. I will try to look it up on youtube to learn the tune. Even though I am not 60 yet, I still count every day a blessing and a gift from the Lord. "... and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." — Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)

I have been extremely busy with work lately and will continue to be for a while. I think I have been pushing myself a bit too hard and my heart doesn't like it. It's been a little unstable lately, so I need to be careful. I hope you feel better soon and return to your normal energy level. Grace be with you, and take care!

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Antonio Gil 3 months, 1 week ago

We are all hoping for the dawn to appear in these dark times. I can feel the love in this post. Thank you for that

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Benny Law Replied to Antonio Gil 3 months, 1 week ago

Dawn will come. We know it's getting closer as we see more and more Biblical prophecies being fulfilled. Even the current pandemic is part of the fulfillment. Things will get much worse just before dawn. We need to get ourselves ready to catch the morning star and the rising sun.

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John Durham 3 months, 1 week ago

Really nice Benny - an excellent post.

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Benny Law Replied to John Durham 3 months, 1 week ago

Thanks John. I'm glad you liked it.

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Camellia Staab 3 months, 1 week ago

Beautifully written and a beautiful post. I remember seeing this figurine in a previous post of yours and thinking what a sweet reminder of one's relationship with a child. You are a very fortunate man Benny to have such a close relationship with you daughter and I know you count your blessings. 🧒💝

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Benny Law Replied to Camellia Staab 3 months, 1 week ago

Yes, I do count my blessings. I don't want to take anything for granted, including the kind comments and support I get on PB from friends like you, Camellia. Thank you!🙏

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