"Even as the Father has given me his love, so I have given my love to you: be ever in my love" - Joh 15:9 BBE.

Once in a while we are allowed privileges of simply luxuriating in something that is enjoyable. Imagine a secluded sandbar in some remote island where there's only you, the sun, the sea and the powdery sand all around with no cares to think about. Just you basking in that ideal environment. Even if you take that indoor, you can check in at a plush hotel where you got your own room with large glass windows in the 50th floor where you can soak in a jacuzzi, maybe reading a book or with a wine glass in your hand as you enjoy the overlooking panoramic view. You want a highly affordable one? How about two weeks of monsoon rain like what we just had and then waking up one morning seeing the sun peeking in the eastern horizon and you simply basking in its warm soft golden light?

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"For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence" - Psa 91:3 ESV.

I'm not sure if it's just me. But what I notice about the things that we fear is that most of them are only scary until you're face to face with them. Once you have settled on the fact that they are inevitable, the fear ends. However, this is easier said than done. Getting the mind settled to any inevitability is where the difficulty lies. It takes more than just having a rush of adrenaline or a powerful control of the way one thinks.

Recently, I have seen many crazy videos of people getting scared of vaccine shots. Some of them have bodies sculpted in the gyms too but were simply afraid of needles. Some never really got settled until the actual shot and I have seen ones who blacked out right after. Surely there's plenty of time to prepare for it but it seems that the drive or commute from their home to the vaccine center didn't give them enough time to settle them down to the inevitable.

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"I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you" - Job 42:5 ESV.

The early part of the 1900's saw the rise into popularity what was later known as silent movies. It made Charlie Chaplin a household name. Silent movies were called silent because there were no dialogs in them and actors had to rely on exaggerated facial expressions and actions to portray emotions. But even in those times, "silent" movies were not totally silent because they were accompanied by live music when shown. Movie makers should know their business. What people watch would be more enjoyable if also heard. There is no question about it at all. Involving more senses in any experience greatly enhances it. 

With that being said, the title of this piece doesn't refer to the senses as they are. It's not a contest between which sense is more superior than the other or specifically that the sense of sight is better than the sense of hearing. Rather, it speaks about how one sense enhances what the other experiences. For example, those who love to read can relate to the idea of "visiting" other places by reading about them in novels and short stories. There is a certain degree of enjoyment in that and for many who have no means to visit the actual place, reading or "hearing" about them is good enough.

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"But he answered, 'It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"' - Mat 4:4 ESV.

Many people today criticize the bible for teaching the principle of an eye for an eye. They are referring to the passage in Lev 24:19-21: "If anyone injures his neighbor, as he has done it shall be done to him, fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; whatever injury he has given a person shall be given to him. Whoever kills an animal shall make it good, and whoever kills a person shall be put to death."

I call that principle by another name: a smack for every attack. Of course in our modern society we pride ourselves in our "refinement" by doing away with rules like this. Someone quips: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." I wonder if Israel ever experienced this mass blindness when the rule still applies to them. Yes, it was given to the nation of Israel while they were still learning to be a nation and in need of stricter rules so that they can learn to live by a very high standard as God intended for the nation to be. Just look at all the rules given to them by God and you will soon realize that God was serious about this matter of national order, decency and respect for individuals, etc.

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"For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes" - 1Co 11:26 ESV.

There is a reason why God created us with memories. First it is important for our survival. We need to remember which things, places or actions are dangerous for us so we can avoid them. Memory is critical to our learning and education. But secondly, memory also enhances our experience of life. This can go both ways though. Good memories are always at our beck and call. We can summon them when things are a little rough to soften the edges of current troubles. But memories can also bring sadness and also in an enhanced way. Lost opportunities and longing for days gone by are sometimes heart-wrenching. But there is a third function of memory and this time it's still about the past but only partly. This happens when we remember the past in the present because the past has an associated future thing with it.

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"The Lord will send his blessing on your store-houses and on everything to which you put your hand" - Deu 28:8 BBE.

I used to work for someone who observed many of her friends having some kind of a Midas touch, where every business that they started prospered. She sounded a bit envious when she mentioned them because she had two failed startup businesses at that time. 

I can imagine how it is to feel frustrated by failing ventures. In the past, I had quite a lot of them too. It can be disheartening especially when you feel you have done everything that you can to make it work. There is a possibility that you will blame yourself, or other people or some circumstance for the failure. There are those who find it difficult to bounce back from that, never to try again.

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