Through salvation our past is forgiven, our present is given meaning, and our future is secured – Rick Warren
For some reason this year, I needed to step back a bit and truly reflect on what it means to be in the last third of this blessed month, the third of salvation. What is salvation and why is it important?
In the Oxford Dictionary, salvation is the act of being saved from harm and all its related synonyms – infliction, loss, ruin, wrong, hurt, ill, etc. This implies that salvation is important because we are saved or protected from some harm. The question is though, what is this harm?
We can look at it from two perspectives driven by where the harm is; our lives or after-life.
We seek salvation from harm in this life by seeking that which benefits us be it knowledge and opportunities and build a shield of strength by working on our character and building our resilience. We seek salvation from harm in the after-life by seeking that which benefits us be it good deeds and belief, and build a shield of strength by thinking good of god and seeking his love.
I ask god to give us the energy, the blessings and positivity in these last 10 days to ask for:
- knowledge and goodness in our lives throughout the next year and all our lives;
- acceptance of the means and situations that strengthen our character and resilience in life;
- energy and drive to do good especially in our own areas of talent and strengths; and
- unwavering faith in god, his love and mercy.
It is with sadness that we realise that this month is now closer to the finish than the start, but we also thank god that we have reached this far and that there are still 9 or 10 days for making this the greatest Ramadan ever connecting with our deeper selves and the greatest of lords.
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