“Table of Hope”

“Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” – Deuteronomy 8:2-3

I took this photo on a recent trip to the Philippines at Smokey Mountain. The painting is called, Hapag Ng Pag Asa, meaning “Table of Hope.” The message really struck me as I walked through a muddy rainstorm amidst the stench of garbage & soot. It was a muggy day, but as it often happens when I visit Tondo, I’m overwhelmed with such an impenetrable sense of peace. As children run around bare footed, dirty, and often only partially clothed, their laughter & smiles are glorious little God-kisses sent from above! They lack so much of the worldly material things, but they seem content & secure in the love of their community. This painting is the perfect illustration. JESUS, sitting among the children. All of them welcome, as they are. All of them eating from HIS table. The story behind the painting tugs on your heart strings, but delivers a final blow. Here’s the link Hapag Ng Pag Asa Painting Story.

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