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The Stream
We have been so grateful for the people who have taken time to share how God is leading and speaking to them during this time.  The “Stream” will be taking a break for the summer, however all past devotionals are available on our website [share the link] and we would encourage you to revisit them.

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus
By
Jason Basker

 

Dear Rivercross, 

I greet you all from the other side of our God's good earth, 8 hours and 30 mins ahead of Atlantic Time. I embarked on this most thrilling of adventures in March, just before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. To say the last 90 days have been 'interesting' would be a gross understatement. Corona has impacted all our lives in many ways; some ways being more disruptive than others. I realize we're still awaiting some major developments in research to combat this virus, but I write you with a renewed sense of hope and it is my desire to share this with you all via this letter.

 

The image you see above is from one of the gardens in my family's home in India. I call these flowers Jason's Quarantine Lilies. Shortly after I landed, I was asked to home quarantine myself for an extended period of time. Gardening was my only hope from the sheer boredom that took over ever so promptly! I tended to our plants; watering and replanting where necessary.

While the others bloomed and grew steadily over the last 3 months, my Quarantine Lilies refused to cooperate and were causing some disappointment. Nevertheless, I persevered day in and day out. This past week I was pleasantly surprised by these delicate little things. Yesterday, while I loitered through our flower garden, Jesus' teachings on the Lilies of the field hit me like a train. This is where I will urge you all to read this passage when you find the time; Luke 12: 22-32. You may also choose to read a similar passage in Matthew 6:25-34. I highly recommend King James Version for added 'gusto'!

I was reminded of how God's grace reigns supreme. His Will will not lead us where His Grace cannot sustain us. Why should these circumstances worry us? Why fret when God's in control of it All? If He can make this flower bloom when, to me, all seemed lost.. He can (and will) surely take care of our needs and fulfill our hearts' desires. I, therefore, encourage you all to continue hoping on our God. I say let us all stay strong and live well knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ. When it felt like the weight of this uncertainty was pushing me under, I fixed my eyes on Jesus.. and lo, I am still afloat today penning these reflections down. 

Enjoy the summer. See you all soon.

Jason Basker

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? ..... https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A+22-32&version=NIV
Luke 12:22-32

परमेश्वर से बढ़कर कुछ नहीं है
22 फिर उसने अपने शिष्यों से कहा, “इसीलिये मैं तुमसे कहता हूँ, अपने जीवन की चिंता मत करो कि तुम क्या खाओगे अथवा अपने शरीर की चिंता मत करो कि तुम क्या पहनोगे? 23 क्योंकि जीवन भोजन से और शरीर वस्त्रों से अधिक महत्त्वपूर्ण है। 24 कौवों को देखो, न वे बोते हैं, न ही वे काटते है। न उनके पास भंडार है और न अनाज के कोठे। फिर भी परमेश्वर उन्हें भोजन देता है। तुम तो कौवों से कितने अधिक मूल्यवान हो। 25 चिन्ता करके, तुम में से कौन ऐसा हे, जो अपनी आयु में एक घड़ी भी और जोड़ सकता है। 26 क्योंकि यदि तुम इस छोटे से काम को भी नहीं कर सकते तो शेष के लिये चिन्ता क्यों करते हो?... 
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A+22-32&version=ERV-HI
लूका 12:22-32

不要忧虑
22 耶稣又对他的门徒们说:“所以我告诉你们:不要为你们的[a]生命而忧虑吃什么,也不要为身体而忧虑穿什么。 23 因为生命比食物更重要,身体比衣服更重要。 24 应该想一想乌鸦:它们不撒种,也不收割,没有仓也没有库,神尚且养活它们;更何况你们,你们比飞鸟还重要呢! 25 你们当中谁能因着忧虑使自己的寿命延长一刻[b][c]呢? 26 因此,你们如果连最小的事也不能做,为什么还要为其他的事忧虑呢?... https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A+22-32&version=CSBS
路加福音 12:22-32

Confiança em Deus
22 Depois disso Jesus disse aos seus discípulos:
—Por isso eu lhes digo: Não se preocupem com a vida de vocês e com o que vão comer; nem com o corpo de vocês e com o que vão vestir. 23 Pois a vida é mais importante do que comida e o corpo é mais importante do que roupas. 24 Olhem para os corvos: Eles não plantam nem colhem, nem têm celeiros nem armazéns; e Deus lhes dá o que comer. Será que vocês não valem muito mais do que os pássaros? 25 Qual de vocês, por mais que se preocupe, pode adicionar uma hora à sua vida? 26 Portanto, se não podem conseguir uma coisa assim tão pequena, por que se preocupam com o resto? ... 
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A+22-32&version=VFL
Lucas 12:22-32
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