Daily Archives: April 8, 2012

Sunrise Service Easter Morning at the PCO, Muscat. Look Up…

The Gift of New Life!

I’m sure some of my readers think I’m about to jump on my soapbox and give a sermon with a title like that and especially seeing how it’s Easter (and who knows I just might! ūüôā )…but I’m talking about the gift of physical birth (which comes before any 2nd birth can occur) in the form of a beautiful baby! :-)

Naomi Maria Brown made her debut in this world¬†between the glorious days of Good Friday and Easter Sunday 2012! Perfect timing!¬† She weighed 3.27 kgs at birth and she definitely has mommy’s lips!¬† I love the name Naomi which comes from the Old Testament book of Ruth.¬† “Naomi” means “pleasant” and it’s a great reminder that life is pleasant indeed when¬†we keep our eyes on God and not on our own circumstances (good or bad)¬†in life.¬† If we keep our eyes only on our circumstances we run the risk of saying (like Ruth’s mother-in-law) “Don’t call me Naomi.¬† Call me Mara. (which means “bitter“)¬† (Ruth 1:20-21)¬†Here’s something I read on the book of Ruth which explains it better.¬† “Maria” as a 2nd name is a tribute to both her mother and the earthly mother of our Lord. (But NO we do not “worship” Mary! Thought I’d make that clear for you all out there! ūüėČ )¬† Thank You, LORD, for another precious soul that You ultimately are Creator,¬†Provider, and Guide for and have put the awesome temporary responsibility for the care, nurture and guidance into our hands.¬† We do not take such a beautiful responsibility lightly and may we ever¬†lean upon Your Everlasting Arms.¬†

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

I am extremely busy these days but it would be¬†negligent of me¬†not to wish everyone a fabulous Resurrection Sunday¬†(Easter for you laymen out there, haha!).¬† If you have a moment, here is a great piece titled “Why Do We Fear Death?” from a blogger/pastor¬†I read on a daily basis, Steve¬†Cornell, based in Millersville, Pennsylvania.¬†

And for a bonus, what better video to see/hear on such a glorious¬†day¬†than Handel’s Messiah!:

or if you prefer, the foodcourt flashmob style: