What Have You Learned from Me?

What Have You Learned from Me?

December 13

Read: PSALM 97:1-9

“The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice” (v. 1, NIV).

A few months before my dad passed away, he asked me a profound question: “Jimmy, what have you learned from me?” Dad’s question caught me off guard, but my answers rolled off my tongue like the waves that rolled on the beaches of Lahaina where he grew up. Answers like: “the Spirit of Aloha,” “treat all people with dignity,” and “‘ohana (or ‘family’ in Hawaiian) is everything.” As I shared, a smile crawled across my dad’s face. The things I learned from him were not only words of wisdom, but what I saw in how he lived his life.

In the same way, the Lord, the uncreated Creator, revealed himself to my Hawaiian ancestors through the actions and activities of creation long before missionaries arrived. Creation points to the Lord and his righteousness. What have you learned from the Lord through creation— a bird’s song, majestic trees, the sunrise, or the changing seasons?

Lord, reveal yourself to me through your creation. AMEN.

About the Author

Jim Sequeira | Aloha! I’m a Native-Hawaiian living in Vancouver, Washington. I’ve been married to Glenna for thirty-five years, and we have two adult children, Megan (husband Bryan) and Chris (wife Lilian), and two grandchildren, Levi and Brynn. I’m the pastor at Cascade View Covenant Church in Vancouver. I’ve been involved with advancing justice, mercy, and racial righteousness at local, conference, and denominational levels. I have a love and passion for my own Hawaiian culture as well as that of Native Americans and other indigenous peoples. I also enjoy playing music, wood carving, and building models, and I’m a Star Wars and sci-fi geek.

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