Love Is A Miracle
From a young age, my hunger for knowledge about individuals from all walks of life has been insatiable. I immersed myself in both personal accounts and historical biographies of those who have contributed to the progress of mankind and society as a whole. Their exceptional accomplishments and the positive impact they had on the world left me spellbound. However, what intrigued me even more, were their intrinsic qualities, what set them apart, and how they overcame challenges. Their path towards achieving an uncommon destiny within the confines of a common house has always been a crucial aspect of the stories that have piqued my interest and fueled my own personal and spiritual growth.

Firm Foundation
Growing up as the only child in the bustling metropolis of Beijing, I was constantly surrounded by people – peers, families, and crowds. From the ages of two and a half to twelve, I lived in boarding schools and only returned home once a week for outdoor weekends or extracurricular activities. School breaks were filled with road trips with friends and family, leaving me with little time to reflect on my true identity—my authentic self. Despite this, my personal development has closely mirrored my spiritual journey, which can be summarized into five essential stages: 1) spiritual exploration, 2) spiritual disorientation, 3) spiritual revelation, 4) spiritual rejuvenation, and 5) spiritual transformation. I will illustrate each of these stages in detail.

One True God
When I arrived in the United States ten years ago to pursue my undergraduate studies, I had no idea that God was guiding me towards knowing Him better. It wasn’t until I returned to my birthplace of Beijing that I realized the divine intervention that had been happening in my life all along. As a latecomer to Christianity, much like the apostle Paul put it, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1 Timothy 1:15). I was slow to embrace Christ’s teachings and saw myself as the foremost among sinners. The journey was a lengthy one, after nearly a decade of grappling with life’s challenges, I have arrived at an understanding: with God’s boundless grace, which initially drew me towards Him, I am equipped to persevere and endure the challenges ahead and turn (temporary) setbacks into setup with humility, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness, and forbearance (patience). In Jesus Christ, I have overwhelming victory over the natural human tendency to fear, doubt, and worry, and I can cast all my anxieties and concerns upon Jesus because He cares for me. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

Upon my arrival at my first-year residence hall, I was fortunate enough to cross paths with a gracious Christian sister named Rebecca. During the summer of my freshmen year, she warmly welcomed me into the fold of First Baptist Church (FBC) Amherst and Mercy House, where I was able to expand my spiritual horizons and bask in the teachings of Almighty God. It was through Rebecca I had my first encounter with the body of Christ, and I was able to witness firsthand the transformative power of God’s truth. During college, the Holy Spirit worked in my heart through volunteering at Craig’s Doors, a food pantry and shelter inside FBC church, and serving community breakfast at First Church Amherst. The Holy Spirit, the living breath of God provided me with support to do what is right and led me to trust in the Kingdom’s call and follow His example.

Grace To Grace
Throughout my academic journey, as a student pursuing both undergraduate and graduate studies, I embarked on a quest to delve into my inner and outer realms. I was driven by an innate desire to learn and grow, and my exploration took me to a quaint New England college town in the Pioneer Valley. From 2014 to 2017, I had the privilege of participating in my college’s women’s choir and performing at First Church Amherst. This was a foundational milestone for me, as it was the first time I had ever sung in the spiritual temple of God. It was during this time that I met Erika, a Christian sister who welcomed me into her fellowship at Pioneer Valley Church of Christ. I was touched by the moments when God laid something on my heart, and He was nudging me to step out in faith so He would meet me where I am and do something great. And it left an indelible mark on my heart that passes all understanding. (Ephesians 3:17-19)

God looked out for me when I wasn’t even looking for Him. As John 15:16 wrote, I have not chosen Him, but He has chosen me, and He has appointed and placed and purposefully planted me so that I would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that my fruit will remain and be lasting. It was during my junior year at Mount Holyoke College that I met a fellow student named Priscilla, who was a devout Christian that had undergone a near-death experience. Her story deeply impacted me, and I can still vividly recall the bus ride we took together where she spoke to me about her experience. Her words and actions demonstrated a life led by the Spirit of truth, and the way she looked into my eyes touched my soul…

My Life Is An Offering
In hindsight, I came to see this encounter as an incredible testament to the unfailing kindness of God. It inspired me to turn my eyes upon Jesus—He would open my spiritual eyes and ears to a deeper understanding of who He is and how He is working in my life to bring it to pass (1 Corinthians 2:14). I was reassured that if I read God’s Word (my spiritual food, the living bread that came down from the gospel of the Kingdom of God) and remained faithful to Jesus Christ’s teachings, He will always be my guiding light, daily provider, healer, keeper, defender, sustainer, shepherd, victory, sanctifier, peace and protector in Christ as Lord and Savior and carry me through whatever it is that He calls me to.

Through It All
During my journey of personal development, I have explored a variety of contexts, roles, and causes with a fervent eagerness to uncover the truth of who I am and life’s purpose through both internal and external learning. These experiences have spanned my professional and personal life. For example, I have worked in school catering and administration, volunteered in gardens and food pantries, served as a career ambassador and planning committee member, interned with organizations focused on public health and sustainable food systems, and participated in college consortiums and international exchanges. Additionally, I have actively sought opportunities for learning, such as receiving specialized training in applied humanities and humanitarian aid. My field of study in public health encompasses a broad range of interrelated topics, much like a large umbrella. It provides me with the opportunity to delve deeper into the various factors that impact people’s health, including social, environmental, and educational perspectives.

10,000 Reasons
However, I have noticed that there is not much discussion on the role of faith in one’s overall well-being, whether it is within the academic setting or outside of it. It has become clear to me that an individual’s well-being is closely tied to the health of their spirit, which ultimately impacts the well-being of society. In simpler terms, the well-being of people is dependent on the health of their spirit, and the spirit’s health is intimately linked to the overall health of the population. Essentially, I came to understand that true healing lies in the reconciliation of the Spirit through Christ, and the agent of reconciliation is Jesus. He is the one and only way to God. In retrospect, I realized that this was what I had been searching for all along. Although I was trained to connect the dots and make cross-interdisciplinary connections academically, it took me years to apply the same mindset to my spiritual life and fully comprehend how the dots actually connected.

Open The Eyes Of My Heart
Growing in maturity is a God-ordained process that can’t always be fully understood at any given moment. It’s like watching a caterpillar in one season and then seeing it transform into a butterfly in another. Only by witnessing its transformation can I truly understand what a butterfly is. In much the same way, by becoming familiar with God’s infinite and eternal nature, which are invisible, everlasting, and imperishable (2 Corinthians 4:18), I can develop the skills to pivot, bounce back, and recover from even the most uncertain times when I embrace my dependence on the true God who does the impossible and continually lean on Him for the source of wisdom, direction, comfort, nourishment, and encouragement (Matthew 19:26). For me, this has been a slow journey, and I’ve mainly connected the dots through direct revelations from Jesus Christ. He has shown me just how fully dependent I am on Him and my desperate need for more of Elohim, Strong God, the Holy Spirit, and less of myself. Indeed, God does incredible things when I draw near to Him instead of hiding from Him. He does wonderful works when I finally lay aside my own abilities and known limitations and find all my strength in Him.

Still Slaying Giants
Upon completion of my college studies, I was tempted to seek ways to meet my need for significance through spiritual forces that were not aligned with Christ’s teachings, as advised in Colossians 2:8. I veered off course and turned my back on God’s mercies, gravitating towards false idols—so-called wisdom of the world, compromising with the divine inspiration breathed-out the gospel, which resulted in me developing a false identity. My search for purpose and meaning was misguided as I relied solely on my own strength, forgetting that it was the Lord of my life who provided everything I needed, as written in Hosea 2:8.

Instead of humbling myself, repent and turn to Christ, I became involved in various non-Christian beliefs and sought out false teachers to make me feel safe and relied on my own pride to guide me. This pattern persisted for seven years as I sought to satiate my spiritual thirst through these false sources of security, including pagans, new age spiritualities, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhist mindfulness, animism, Tibetan Buddhism, pantheism, Gnosticism, Taoism, secular humanism, and Hinduism spanning across three continents. My pride so easily stole my need for a Savior. When I felt like I had it all together, when things made sense in my own mind then I stopped seeking God for His ever-present help.

I was introduced to Tibetan Buddhism in 2016 at a compassionate leadership conference held at UMass Amherst where I met my first mindfulness teacher. I then enrolled in a mindfulness-based stress reduction course with her and received intermittent life coaching on new-age consciousness-related practices, including mind mastery for about three and a half years. In 2018, during my gap year, I began an interfaith journey starting with the Baháʼí Faith. I studied the Ruhi books Reflections on the Life of the Spirit and Arising to Serve in a small group, visited the Green Acre Baháʼí School, and participated in prayer and talking circles while engaging with the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Amherst. At the same time, I was also guided by a Buddhist teacher from the Bodhisara Dharma Community in Amherst. I attended a meditation group at Amherst College’s Chapin Chapel and went on a field trip to Temple Forest Monastery, a Theravadin Buddhist monastery in New Hampshire, and met with a wandering monk alongside a group of students in Amherst.

Above All Circumstances
Despite God’s relentless pursuit, I found myself trusting mere mortals instead of focusing on deepening my understanding of God. It finally dawned on me that I was enticed to perfect myself by relying upon my own strength, attending countless self-improvement workshops and training programs, and striving to prove my worth by relying on my own willpower. From voice training to self-compassion, somatic-based art modalities to ecological spirituality, I was determined to become the best version of myself through my own efforts. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, I was studying global health in Geneva, I became increasingly interested in mindfulness practices and participated in several programs offered by the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota. I was once again influenced by new-age spiritual teachings for the next two years as I traveled from Switzerland to China.

“Adversity is not simply a tool. It is God’s most effective tool for the advancement of our spiritual lives. The circumstances and events that we see as setbacks are oftentimes the very things that launch us into periods of intense spiritual growth. Once we begin to understand this, and accept it as a spiritual fact of life, adversity becomes easier to bear.”

– Charles Stanley

Worst Days
For about five years, I grappled with intense spiritual disorientation. This entanglement left me feeling adrift, empty, and in desperate need of something to fill the void. In my quest for answers, I turned to an array of mind-body techniques and what can only be described as “pseudo-intellectual babble” spouted by false vision. But these efforts only served to lead me down a path of deception and false hope, ultimately leaving me feeling even more stuck and lost in the misery of sin. It was like being on an emotional roller coaster, hurtling through the dark valley of death with no clear sense of direction or purpose. I was just accumulating a plethora of information and organizing my schedules to fill them up rather quickly with unnecessary things. However, each new discovery left me feeling even more unsatisfied and unfulfilled, like someone who dreams of eating only to wake up still hungry, or dreams of drinking but still feels faint from thirst when morning comes. (Isaiah 29:8) My senses were clouded, and yet I was unable to say no to the pull of these false teachings.

Back To God
Four years ago, at Stanford, I experienced an indescribable sense of the divine presence. On the last day of a three-day conference, I was gifted several spiritual booklets by an elderly woman I met. One of them was titled “Convent Home Altar” and emphasized the vital importance of aligning ourselves with God’s heart, mind, and purpose than my own, and eventually so will my speech. Another booklet, “Our Daily Bread,” featured Psalm 62:5 on the cover and provided daily reflections. Additionally, I received a prayer booklet called “Prayer Changes Things” and a personal Bible with verses of comfort, assurance, and salvation. She impressed upon me to listen to the wisdom of Scripture by saying, “We need this,” reminding me that if I tune my ears to His voice, I can hear His whisper cut through the noise. I have cherished those booklets ever since. I felt an overwhelming sense of rooted, inner kind of gladness that comes from partnering with the LORD Most High. They are gentle reminders for me to accept the truth of the cross, take delight in the Lord, and open my eyes to see the riches of his glory and the surpassing greatness of His power. (Ephesians 1:18-19)

Living Hope
Three years ago while I was in Geneva, as I made my way to the Graduate Institute, I always passed by a wall, and I did not pay attention at first, but one day, my gaze was drawn to a quote inscribed in French, taken from Psalm 46, which read, “God is our refuge and strength”. It was a simple phrase, yet it resonated with me. It was a sobering reminder to let me take notice that even in the midst of life’s uncertainties, there is an unwavering source of strength and protection. Soon after this encounter, I received a text from Timothy, an individual I had met at a conference at MIT. The message contained a passage from Proverbs 3:5-6, which encouraged me to trust in the Lord with all my heart and not to rely on my own understanding but entirely depend on the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in me. It advised me to acknowledge Him in all my ways, promising that He would make my paths straight. It was a powerful message that struck a chord within me, reminding me of putting my whole trust in God and coming to Spirit-led wisdom and understanding.

As I reflect on this experience, I realize that it was God’s operations in me—the power of God and the wisdom of God always present and guiding me. With Him by my side, nothing in my life remains hidden, and I find the lasting fruit of joy and greater satisfaction in knowing that I am never alone.

One of the most life-altering experiences I have ever had with the divine occurred during an otherwise ordinary day in Old Town Geneva. As I attempted to cross the street, I looked left and saw nothing, foolishly assuming it was safe to proceed. But in that split second, I suddenly found myself in a perilous situation as a high-speed train appeared out of nowhere just inches behind me. Startled and confused, at that breathless moment, I knew that I would have perished if it had not been for God’s supernatural intervention. God poured His mercy on me. It was as if His hand had pulled me back from the brink of death. I felt the finger of God.

In hindsight, I was able to recognize His power at work. I felt the forgiveness of His redeeming love, and I knew He had saved me for a purpose. The experience has left an indelible mark on my soul, reminding me of God’s perfect order and His way of separating what needs to be separated. And when I choose to live separately for Him, I find myself exactly where I need to be. (Genesis 1:3-5) As the day went on, I remembered who goes before me. The angel of his presence saved me and is on my side. (Psalm 89:8) No wonder I survived the fall and walked away from what could have taken me out.   

Rest In Him
In my life, I believe everything happens according to God’s perfect timing, and His guidance has been a constant force that has directed me on the right path. After completing the exchange program in Geneva in the summer of 2020, I found myself at a crossroads. I had to decide whether to return to the United States or China. The choice was not easy, as it took courage and sacrifice to face an unexpected detour, and I didn’t know the destination, but God did. Leaving would mean leaving behind relationships and friendships I had built during my journey, and I would miss out on career development opportunities in the US.

Though I had doubts, I sensed God’s guidance. It was as if God was gently nudging me towards a new path, one that would break me free from the stagnation of my “winter” season and lead me towards a place of rest and rejuvenation. I knew that I needed to listen to this call, as I heard that “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12) urging in my heart, “Return to rest” and I felt a strong conviction to obey that gentle whisper to trust in His provision and protection no matter what I was facing. And so, I took the time to shift my direction, truly rest in Christ, surrender to His will, and allow Him to guide me towards a more peaceful and fulfilling existence. For I know the Holy God was waiting for me to come to the end of myself and find my safety in His arms. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Praise Adonai
I trusted that intuition of “being still” (Psalm 46:10) in my seasons of transition (rebuilding) and knew I was being led towards renewal by friending with my pain. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. (Psalm 23:2) I am in His capable hands until He calls me to his sacred home to truly, fully, and completely believe in the gospel of the Kingdom, and repent to God. HOSANNA: PRAISE IS RISING—the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. God has patiently continued to call me to be an active participant in His mission, return to Him each day in prayer, and celebrate His patience in all times and circumstances with praise and thanksgiving—for Lord alone makes me dwell in safety and confident trust. (Psalm 4:8) In due course, God has placed the right individuals in my life at precisely the right moments and for the right reasons—with a soul rooted in faith and at a revitalizing rest in His plan. O Lord, help me think and act faithfully as your child! Help me to respond to Your timeless call and represent Your character, Your coming Kingdom, with a tranquil heart. Help me keep relying on You and thirsting for You day by day.

When I arrived in China, I was directed to a quarantine hotel where I virtually met a kind-hearted Christian sister named Grace. Through her, I was introduced to a small group of believers for the Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). Over the past three years, I’ve been renewed in Spirit at the House of the Lord by studying the Word Of Life. These experiences have allowed me to witness the preserving grace and faithfulness of God beyond what I could ever deserve. His divine influence instilled in me an unyielding strength of spirit while also encouraging me to create some empty space for God and seek renewal at his sacred abode (Philippians 2:13). He works in my life to grow my faith and walk with Him.

I’m reaching for the prize, I’m giving everything
I give my life for this it’s what I live for
Faith, I can move the mountain
I can do all things through Christ, I know
Faith, standing and believing
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Faith – Reuben Morgan

He Is Risen
The Holy Spirit convicted me of sin so I could walk in obedience to Christ. He leads me into all truth as I read and reflect on Scripture and renew my mind daily through the good news about Jesus Christ’s second coming, prayer, and meditation to supplant old ways of thinking with God’s perfect will. He helped me to weather life’s storms well (2 Corinthians 2:14) and I know the peace of Christ rests on me. In my storm, Jesus gives me wisdom, integrity, and resilience, and it runs far deeper than that. God allowed the twists and turns to help me grow stronger and teach me to rely fully on him. YHWH is with me, walking beside me no matter how difficult things become, but there must be more. He wants to produce a rich harvest of His peace and joy in me as long as I walk by the Spirit with more robust faith in Him.

Never Lost
When I turn to Him and not my false senses of security and comfort, He gives me His unexplainable peace and can turn all things around for good. (Romans 8:28) In the absence of God, I encountered immense difficulty in discovering my true calling, achieving clarity in my decisions, and attaining a sense of real peace. My unrelenting search for security and autonomy only culminated in an unbearable sense of responsibility for the presumptuous sins I had committed. I was besieged by an overwhelming realization that I was completely adrift without His guidance. This realization was accompanied by a deepening sense of culpability, bewilderment, and disorientation.

However, I was astounded by how God utilized the natural consequences and ramifications of my actions to bring me closer to Him. As a result of His intervention, I was able to change my attitude toward God while experiencing restoration and an unmistakable sense of purpose. It is clear to me now that He is the God who has transformed my chaos into an unfinished testimony of His grace and lovingkindness. And in Christ, I have the promise of increased peace, the only true source of peace—Jesus, the Prince of Wholeness, Forever King, the promise-keeping GOD.

Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross 
God chose me, and despite my waywardness, He has patiently drawn me back to Him when I stray. (Jeremiah 31:3) No matter where I am in the world, I never feel alone because I know that He is always near. I consider myself an adopted child of God and believe that He has a plan for my life. Sometimes, God uses difficult and challenging situations to draw me nearer to Jesus, even when I can’t see it myself. I have learned to trust in Him more deeply. Despite my stubbornness and lack of seeking Him, God sought me out and called me to be His child. Even when I strayed from His teachings and was trapped in worldly ways, He already had His heart set on me to be a part of His immortal family—to imitate and emulate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), open myself to the Lord in prayer, come to Him in thankful praise and serve the Body of Christ in sincerity and truth.

I Surrender
Isaiah 48:4 aptly describes my stubborn and self-reliant nature, which God was fully cognizant of. Despite this, the Almighty never ceased offering His helping hand, providing guidance and correction even when I failed to recognize it. My own desires consumed me, and I failed to see that He was leading me out of the dominion of darkness. It wasn’t until I faced a series of challenges in life that I truly grasped the eternal comfort, wisdom, and freedom that only God could provide. As the psalmist says, “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2) His pursuit of me never faltered, even when I strayed from His path. In the end, my quest for a greater being, a search that led me to realize that nothing surpasses God and His never-ending grace, glory, and mercy. (Titus 3:5)

King of Heaven
The words of a song called “NOBODY GREATER” come to mind: 
“I climbed up to the highest mountain
Looked all around, couldn’t find nobody
Went down into the deepest valley
Looked all around down there, couldn’t find nobody

I went across the deep blue sea
Couldn’t find one to compare
To your grace, your love and mercy
Nobody greater, nobody greater than You

Searched all over, couldn’t find nobody
I looked high and low, still couldn’t find nobody
Nobody greater, nobody greater, no
Nobody greater than You

Nobody can heal, like you can
Oh most holy one you are the Great I Am
Awesome in all your ways and mighty is your hand
You are He who carried out redemption’s plan
You are He who carried out redemption’s plan”

Friend In Jesus 
Last year, I underwent a thorough spiritual change and sought to walk as Jesus Christ walked where I claimed Jesus first of all. I demonstrated my commitment to Christ and saved from sin to live in holiness for Jesus’ sake. My journey culminated with my baptism in a cherished family church nestled in the urban landscape of Beijing. In the book of Romans 5:5, it is written that the Holy Spirit has poured out an abundance of His steadfast love into my heart once I accepted Jesus in my heart. This fills me with a sense of shalom that I had never experienced before. I find comfort in the fact that God constantly works within me to shape me into His image (Ephesians 2:10), and I understand that God has called me to crucify my old person, to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and help those currently in bondage to the “elemental spirits of the world.” He is my Amazing Counselor—the way of forgiveness of sins always guiding me toward His purpose for my life and always bringing me into a deeper relationship with Him.

Only Yeshua
Thank You, Jesus, my Good Shepherd for Your saving love and the many treasures You have stored up for me. My belief in His divine purpose for my life remains steadfast, even in moments of uncertainty and vulnerability. I am convinced that the Author and Perfecter of my faith—Jesus Christ—is the God of my mess and the God of my message. With this conviction, I am ready and willing to carry out good works in His name and for His glory. In times of distress, I have found great solace and security in putting my faith in God.

Psalm 38:4 describes the weight of sin that can burden us, but through the sacrifice of Christ, I have been freed from the guilt and shame of my past mistakes. Like Christian in The Pilgrim’s Progress, I have shed my old self and the bondage of the world. God has lifted the heavy burdens of my past and has healed me from my backsliding. His unconditional love has been a constant source of strength and great comfort in my life. I am no longer a slave to sin, and my old self was crucified with Him. I am made alive in the Spirit and putting on the new self (the regenerated and renewed nature), created in God’s image. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

A few days before my baptism at New City Christian Church in Beijing, I had the privilege of attending a design thinking webinar hosted by an experienced design executive from the company Expedia. It was during this event that I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow Christian named Seun, who has since witnessed the spiritual transformation that has taken place in my life. As I take a moment to reflect on my journey thus far, I am overcome with a deep sense of humility and gratitude for the unending grace and goodness of God. His deliverance has been nothing short of miraculous, and I am called to seek and understand His unfathomable greatness.

Through His divine calling, I have been summoned out of hiding and rely upon the God who raises from the dead (2 Corinthians 1:9). This means I must allow the genuineness of my faith in Him to override my own need for control. With unwavering trust in His victory, I am confident that He will always provide and guide me along my path towards spiritual fulfillment. (Romans 8:37) In short, the Spirit helps me to discern, and His love abides. With the help of God, I will cling to the Hope I have in Christ Jesus and energetically do good works that He has assigned me.

God’s not done with me
Through the grace of the Holy, the angel armies of heaven, Perfect God, I have been blessed with the experience of attaining a state of inner spiritual grace by “resting in the Lord and waiting patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7). Christ is my righteousness. During my extended solitude—a time of contemplation, God’s hand over me and I had the opportunity to reflect on my relationship with Jesus. It dawned upon me that true peace can only be found in God, the living Savior of humanity. I know that understanding the Holy Spirit will be a lifelong journey of uncovering its myriad nuances, taking refuge in the work of Christ, and living a life worthy of His call according to His Word.

As I audit my thoughts and align them with the Word of God, I experience what my heart is truly after. It was designed to be fulfilled by an intimate connection with the Creator. Through faith in Christ, I have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, the spotless Lamb of God, and in Him, I find miraculous deliverance and salvation followed by the gift of God’s Holy Spirit to experience the blossom of a new, full life! I am ready and willing to do good works for His glory, as Philippians 3:13-14 reminds me,” I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning me onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”

He Won’t Fail 
After a year of introspection, I have come to surrender my calling and plans to YHWH. In His unyielding presence, God has slowed me down and redirected me towards His divine plan for my life. (Matthew 6:28-29) By submitting myself to the Spirit of God, I become a testament to Christ. He has taught me not to rush ahead and to trust in His ways and His truth, for they are higher than my own. Through immersing myself in the living Word of God and treasuring it in my heart, I gain a deeper understanding of God’s redemptive plan and become renewed each day. I consider all of this to be a valuable blessing from the True Light. It is through Christ that I have been brought back to Him. I have been called to the ministry of reconciliation and have been granted the ability to recognize when I am headed in the wrong direction.

Above all, He has been my constant guide, leading me back to the right path every step of the way. (2 Corinthians 5:18). When the gift of true faith is present, God’s breath changes me and informs me how I live deeply in what I was taught. When I am disobedient, He calls me back to Himself. Through His special calling, I am ever more present in seeking to worship Him and living faithful life serving Him.

This reconciliation was made only possible by my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, cleansing me from my sin through the blood of Christ shed on the cross for my sake. He revived my heart to pursue God and His ways. Like David cried out to the Lord, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.” (Psalm 139:7-8) Because of God and his salvation, my heart is purified and restored as I come to Him. I no longer fall back into fear again but bear the image of the man of heaven. (2 Corinthians 3:18) He is the door, the gateway, to salvation. He is the mediator who reconciles me to the Eternal Father.

Come In
Christ is the foundation of my faith and my ultimate pursuit. In addition to my journey to be reconciled to God and fulfill my potential, I have also come to realize that even before I have been restored to a right relationship with God through the sacrifice of Jesus, He was still able to use my intuition for good, I gain the ability to do good and to be good. As a believer, I am eager to understand how my intuition can be influenced by hearing God’s voice and aligning with His will, empowered and fueled by God’s Spirit within. I am humbled by the blessing and unmerited favor of God, which I know I could never work to earn. (Ephesians 2:8-9) He is leading me to new heights in Him, and I recognize that I am a work in progress as God shapes me into the person He created me to be, to love, and to lead.

He Is My All in All
As it says in Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” Presently, I hunger to unpack the suitcases of my heart and understand how one can genuinely cooperate with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to grow in Christ and grow in peace with others. Simultaneously, I am eager to assist others, irrespective of their beliefs, in achieving a fuller understanding of Jesus Christ. This exploration will entail a forward-thinking and introspective approach, seeking to unlock the secrets of a deeper connection with the divine. Specifically, focusing on the word of truth God calls me to live by while heeding God’s call of 
1) how are individuals led to change (their ways of thinking/living) through Christ Jesus?
2) how do individuals actually “walk in step” with the Spirit and reflect on God’s work?
3) the nature of the transformation process (of the hearts) to be filled with the Holy Spirit;
4) how the work of the Holy Spirit transforms individuals to become conformed to the image of Christ.

The Dove
It is as if a gift can only be called a gift once unwrapped. And the Way Maker is the new and vibrant dimension of that gift that has done for me that I cannot do myself. Similarly, a story would not be without changed lives (Hebrews 10:19-25). And I cannot change myself (my own heart, mind, and deeds) until I get to know the agent of change who leads me to repentance. Moreover, I acknowledge that I am the work of the God-of-the-Angel-Armies, and God has given me a new heart, a renewed sense of liveliness, and reborn into the family of God. By faith, I am solidly anchored in the truth, and I hold onto every promise God has made, rejoice in the peace of my living water, and “walk just as He walked” (1 John 2:6) in His favor. And that may be what makes a whole story complete.

A New Hallelujah
As apostle Paul put it, I am like an ambassador, imploring people to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20) for the Kingdom of Heaven’s sacred mission and support those struggling with the bondage of elemental spirits by bringing them to Christ. I thank the unlimited stream of the Holy Spirit for changing my heart to reflect His and lean not on my own understanding but trust entirely in Him and His instructions in the Bible. (Proverbs 3:5-6) I pray for His Kingdom to come and His mercy for a deeper, more intimate knowledge of the Son of God, of the character of God, and bring glory and honor to the Father as I prepare for a lifetime of serving in God’s Eternal Kingdom.

Ultimately, as Ephesians 3:20-21 tells me, “God can do anything—far more than I could ever imagine or guess or request in my wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to King of Kings in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Amen.

First Baptist Church Amherst, Massachusetts, August 2016

Photograph by Rose feat. churches in the United States, Switzerland, France

  1. Taoranting Park, Beijing
  2. Easter Sunday 2019, Park Street Church, Boston
  3. Smithsonian Gardens, Washington, D.C.
  4. First Baptist Church, Amherst, MA
  5. Thanksgiving Day 2015, Chicopee, MA
  6. First Church Amherst, MA
  7. Goddard Chapel, Tufts University, Medford, MA
  8. St. Colman Church, Cleveland, Ohio
  9. Temple de la Madeleine / Espace Madeleine, Geneva, Switzerland
  10. “Triptych of the convent of Mariastein” – Musée D’Art Et D’Histoire (Museum of Art and History), Geneva, Switzerland
  11. Park Street Church, Boston
  12. Sainte-Rita Church, Bellevue, Switzerland
  13. The Jesuit Parish of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Chestnut Hill, MA
  14. Same above
  15. The First Church of Deerfield, MA
  16. First Congregational Church of Westfield, MA
  17. April 19, 2020, on my way to the Graduate Institute (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland
  18. First and Summerfield United Methodist Church, New Haven, Connecticut
  19. Boston University Marsh Chapel
  20. Sabra’s invitation to Cambridge Community Chorus presents Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Medford, MA
  21. Église Russe, Cathedral of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Geneva, Switzerland
  22. Homewood Friends Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland
  23. Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Manhattan, New York
  24. Peace Fountain, Manhattan, New York
  25. June 14, 2020 passed by Église Apostolique Évangélique (Evangelical Apostolic Church), Geneva, Switzerland
  26. The Gutenberg Bible, Harvard Library, Cambridge, MA
  27. The First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist, MA
  28. St. Lawrence Church of Neydens, Haute-Savoie, France
  29. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.
  30. St. John’s Parish – Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
  31. Same above
  32. National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
  33. Same above
  34. Same above
  35. Same above
  36. The Cathedral and Bishop’s Garden, Washington, D.C.
  37. Highrock Covenant Church, Arlington, MA
  38. American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, Washington, D.C.
  39. The Cathedral and Bishop’s Garden, Washington, D.C.
  40. Old Chapel, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

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