RECKONING


In truest consciousness of the God measure in us, we can soar beyond the ends of the world even with broken wings

You are the attributes of a hundred virgin Wells in the wilderness and a million songs in a fading festival, awakening innermost elations hanging in the balance

You have become the character of ancient red wine set on tables of ivory and redwood; The peasant and the rich, both find delight in your kind intoxicating words

The nations waits on you as a maid looks to the hands of her mistress

Since you became a dreamer with God, dreamers of men salute the ocean in you, emulating your perfect template

In the accurate reckoning of the beauties of beauty hidden within the inner castle of my heart I have also become…

I have become an elegant moon. I have become a Solomon. I am the coat of many colours of Joseph. I have become the song of Songs in Eden Prairie

I am a companion of strength and courage. My fears can be traced in the air; a vapour

I no longer live, but God; the life that I live. I live in the consciousness of His life in me.

I can only reckon

Great Unknown


In the great unknown

Your eyes is my compass

And in your peace my soul roost

I am not afraid where this path leads me

I am not afraid how the end will unfolds

I am not afraid of the perils of eerie voices

I keep my feet firm. I keep walking, faith tucked

inside me in balls of fire.

In the great unknown Jesus leads us beyond the borders of our fears, when calmly we lay down our souls on the altar of surrender, wrapped in obedience

Don’t bury your feet in yesterday. Don’t keep your eyes off the price. Run into the fire if it is where the Lord is.

Surrender yourself into the sudden darkness. let it purify you if you need a holy bath

Sing over my heart, O’ messengers of the presence, that I may not sing the songs of the dead in my heart and stagger into oblivion

He has judged me with his strength. The Lord God will keep the pilgrims hopes alive until we all reach home;

where a million kisses of the lover awaits

our lips and foreheads.

Morning Prayer


Hold my gaze into your gaze, lover of my soul. Don’t slip away. Stay!

Eternal Father and lover of my soul,

Keep me awake in thee as I press daily

To Drink from the Wells of Your Salvation

Let me not wander away from the unveiling

And mingling in Your light, after this prayer is

Poured — strolling back into the illusions of

This mundane existence


Dear, Father, today — (Mon. Dec 1, 2020)

Clothe me with the gift of Your presence,

Permeate my thoughts with eternity,

Keeping me in perfect synergy with You

Hold my gaze into Your gaze

I desire nothing but to continue to

Behold Your face, until I am drowned

In the oceans of Your mercies and power


You are beautiful and generous towards me

You are merciful and devoted to the broken

May Your beauty becomes my obsession and

Let Your generosity, mercy, and devotion finds tue

Expression in me as I yield my life to Yours


Blessed Father,

You have sustained the universe by

Your word since creation — you are able to keep this fragile soul

By the same word, in perfect purity; blameless and holy

I pray thee, may the gift of your presence

Like a gentle stream, flow within the

Interior chambers of this weak temple

And wash away my fears and doubts


Abba, don’t slip away from my soul’s view

Like a bird on migration

Stay — Walking between my heart and soul,

Moment by moment


Guide me into the corridors of the Fathers will, Oh gentle Spirit of the presence

It is not in my ability to find my way into His

Perfect will and blueprints, So direct my steps;

a lost sheep, and let me find

greener pastures in His breath


Oh, Shepherd friend, lead me today,

To where my life will be fruitful to You,

I know my heart will find true satisfaction

In Your satisfaction

Through Jesus Christ my salvation. Amen.

Ancient Monarch Of Zion


Forever, Jesus, You are King

Thy throne, unveiled in majesty

O’ ancient monarch of Zion

O’ ancient monarch of Zion

The crown prince of the Father

Forever you reign, forever you are God

May your bower becomes our resting place

In you, our spirit is knitted to eternal life

Our hearts bundled with themes of sacred songs

And flesh, clothed in the essence of your beauty

All that is in us wait upon your royalty, O’ loyal King, The sceptre of righteousness and power is our victory.

Yours is the Kingdom. Yours is the might. Yours is the glory. Yours is the dominion. Yours is all that we are

Oh, Holy Spirit, our sanctifier

Purging conflagration of the Father

Guardian and guide of the eternal pathways

Set my feet on the path that leads to Christ

Set my feet on the path that leads me to my Saviour

Draw me nearer to the all-sufficient One

Draw me nearer to my great reward

My soul is hungry for the bread that abides

I am thirsty for the river that never runs dry

I want to behold the face of my King;

Drinking to my fill, the cup in His hands

Descend upon my heart, a wilderness unknown

Descend upon my soul, a forest without leaves

Oh, Holy Ghost, draw me into the nearness of my King

Oh, Holy Ghost, draw me into the nearness of my King

He will fill my empty baskets with eternal pleasures He will exceedingly and abundantly bless me

‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’: Zuko’s Scars and Ours


Avatar is a record-breaking cult classic. No, not the blockbuster film nor the lamentable movie remake, but the animated TV show that debuted in 2005 and recently resurfaced on Netflix.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is a coming-of-age story about a preteen protagonist (Aang) and his friends who seek to end an ongoing war to restore peace on earth. Along the way, they adventure in a fantasy world and discover themselves. But the antagonist’s character arc is undeniably the best. 

Warning: spoilers ahead!

Scarred by Shame

Zuko is a 13-year-old banished from his country by his father (Fire Lord Ozai, king of the Fire Nation) because he dares to speak up against his father’s orders in a war meeting. Zuko may only return from exile and restore his honor under one impossible condition: capture the Avatar (Aang) who has been missing for 100 years. Zuko’s shame is manifested on his face—a glaring burn scar over his left eye from his abusive dad. Though determined to capture the Avatar, Zuko slowly discovers the surprising path he must take to overcome his shame.

The Asia-inspired world of Avatar is the perfect backdrop to highlight honor and shame. Yet shame is universal. Ed Welch defines shame as “that all-too-human experience of worthlessness, failure and not belonging. It can come from what we have done or from what others have done to us.” If guilt tells us we’ve done something bad, shame tells us we are bad, dirty, and unlovable—irredeemably so. Shame shapes our identity and keeps us in hiding (Gen. 2:25; 3:7–8).

If guilt tells us we’ve done something bad, shame tells us we arebad, dirty, and unlovable—irredeemably so. 

Like the leper’s spots (Luke 5:12) and the woman’s persistent blood (Luke 8:43), Zuko’s scar is a constant reminder that he is a failure, a disgrace, a shame.

Scars of shame show up all over Scripture. Look for the outcasts—the Hagars, the Leahs, the barren, the lepers, the tax collectors, the poor—and you’ll see that shame is often God’s preferred setting for redemption (Luke 4:18–19; 7:21–22).

Suffering Servant

Thankfully for Zuko, he doesn’t travel alone. His empathetic, humorous, tea-loving uncle Iroh accompanies him. Iroh gently questions his attitude and decisions, at one point declaring, “Zuko, you must let go of your feelings of shame if you want your anger to go away.”

Iroh is a legendary warrior and the true heir to the Fire Nation throne, but he chooses the disgraced life of a suffering servant to accompany his banished nephew. He reminds us of “the King of glory . . . the LORD, mighty in battle” who became the Suffering Servant, “despised and rejected by men . . . acquainted with grief” (Ps. 24:8Isa. 53:3).

Opting for the lowest rung on the social ladder, Jesus touched the untouchables (Matt. 8:3Mark 7:32–34Luke 7:14–15) and befriended those defined by shame (Luke 7:34).

Stubborn Shame

Yet Zuko’s shame is not easily overcome. At a personal crossroads, Iroh tells Zuko, “You are going through a metamorphosis, my nephew. It will not be a pleasant experience, but when you come out of it, you will be the beautiful prince you were always meant to be.” 

Shame is stubborn. It can’t be purged by material success, positive thinking, or self-affirmation. “Release from shame cannot be earned,” Welch observes. “It comes by being connected to someone of infinite worth.” 

Zuko’s painful metamorphosis from disgraced prince to beloved son hinges on his association with his honorable but dishonored uncle, rather than with his honored but dishonorable father. But he learns this the hard way.

Victimized Victimizer

At a crucial crossroads, Zuko finally corners the Avatar. The chance to restore his honor is within his grasp. But there’s a catch: he has to turn on the only person who ever truly loved him—Iroh. Zuko chooses partnership with his manipulative and murderous sister, Azula, who becomes his advocate before their father. Iroh, in turn, is thrown into prison.

Zuko finally sits at his father’s right hand, but he can’t shake his overwhelming angst. Shame still imprisons him. And when he realizes who he has dishonored, he is wrecked.

At the cross, Jesus was utterly victimized—denied, slandered, abused, abandoned, cursed, and crucified. We can and should see ourselves in Christ’s victimization (Isa. 53:4), but since he bore our sin (1 Pet. 2:24) we must also see ourselves in his victimizers.

We can and should see ourselves in Christ’s victimization, but since he bore our sin we must also see ourselves in his victimizers. 

When Zuko witnesses his uncle’s victimization—caused by his own betrayal—he forges a new path toward honor. He forfeits his royalty to join the Avatar and his friends as they wage war against Zuko’s father. First, though, he must find his uncle, who escaped from prison.

Remaining Scar

In a scene doubtless influenced by the parable of the lost son (Luke 15:11–24), Zuko rehearses his apology before begging for forgiveness. Before he can finish, Uncle Iroh wraps him in a tear-filled embrace and declares, “I was never angry with you. I was sad because I was afraid you’d lost your way.”

With Iroh and his new community, Zuko helps the Avatar win the war. He’s crowned as Fire Lord Zuko. But his scar remains—no longer a symbol of shame but a testament to redemption.

We have scars, too. Is the gospel good-enough news to redeem the scars of our victimizing and our victimization? Christ’s scars shout a resounding, “Yes!” (John 20:27). 

Shame’s grip isn’t broken through our striving, but by our association with the King who became the ultimate outcast (Luke 18:32–33Gal. 3:13). On the cross, he took our shame (Heb. 12:2); at his resurrection, he gave us his honor (John 20:171 Cor. 15:57).

Will we hide our scars or hope in his? 

In Mandarin, the name “Zuko” can mean “failure” or “loved one.” His story is every Christian’s story (Isa. 62:4). Christ’s wounds transform our scars of shame into glorious trophies of grace.

Will we hide our scars or hope in his?

By Quina Aragon |https://www.thegospelcoalition.org

Puritãn Econômy


The glory of the Lord finds true expression in vessels purged and sanctified from self. Without dying to self it is hard for the government of Christ to establish the will of heaven on earth. One must die to his own will in order to be alive to the will of the Father.

“And Moses said, I beseech You, show me Your glory.”Exodus 33:18 AMPC

Dear, Father

Please, show us your glory

We ask that you will rout us in your effulging nature and curriculum for our ordination

So that we do not get lost in our limited modules, trying to fulfil Kingdom enterprise

Take off the blindness from our eyes, and the dullness in our hearts hindering us from accessing your possibilities

Please, Lord

stir our hearts from the numbness of sin and religion and draw us into your love. We want to see you just as you are; nothing missing

We want to behold your glory. We want eternity to become our hallmark. How can we be attractive to the world of sin if all we boast ourselves in is the perishable treasures of the mundane?

Oh, sweet Spirit of the Father

Brood over us: awaken us from the corrupt administration of Babel which has it’s throne in our hearts

We have sold our souls to self, and our master is pride. Let Christ be glorified In our hearts, as it is in heaven. We want to be slain in the will of the Father. Yes, we want you

For we are caught in sensual enslavement. We are meddling in the economy of self, neglecting our place in eternal purpose. The glory has departed from our consciousness of life. When we see you our souls will be free from illusions, and our hearts will burn with unflinching desire to dwell in your presence forever; mirroring your essence

How can we make an eternal mark in the systems of the world that governs the hearts of men into perdition? How are we going to influence the world with your kingdom if your kingdom does not find residency in our lives?

Forgive us,

For the total neglect on our part, neglecting the beckonings of heaven on our hearts to sacrifice our temporal pleasures; a price for your glory to find it’s full expression in our lives.

Forgive us for substituting gold with brass. Forgive us for faking your glory, both within and without your church

I plead on thy mercies, dear Father

That you will raise men and women in the stature of Moses, who will introduce your sons and daughters to a realm in you that satisfies the inner hunger and thirst of the saints

Show us the path of illumination and insight to able to tap into the reality of who you are. We don’t want to behave like we have it all figured out with our religious minds.

If we say we have figured the secret path to Your glory then we are liars. So show us, oh God. You are not a God that hide yourself from those who hunger for you from a sincere place

We need you. We want you. All of you. Nothing missing.

Dear Father,

Thank you for a fresh outpour of your glory upon the body of Christ, for the sake of kingdom advancement and dominion. In Jesus name.

Amen