Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Keiki Kahu Emma Akana KSK ’23 and Worship Leader Rodney Arias KSK’90 remind us that God’s light and presence is there to guide us when we feel lost, to bring us hope when we are weary and to bring us joy when we are fearful.
Heluhelu Baibala – Scripture Reading
E hāliu mai kou pepeiao, e ke Kahu hipa o ka ʻIseraʻela, ka mea alakaʻi iā Iosepa me he ʻohana hipa lā; e ka mea e noho lā ma waena o nā Kerubima, e hoʻomālamalama mai. I mua o ʻEperaima a me Beniamina, a me Manase, e hoʻāla ai ʻoe i kou ikaika, e hele mai hoʻi e hoʻōla iā mākou. E ke Akua ē, e hoʻohuli mai ʻoe iā mākou, na kou maka e hoʻomālamalama mai, a laila ola nō mākou. E Iēhova, ke Akua o nā kaua, pehea lā ka lōʻihi o kou huhū ʻana i ka pule a kou poʻe kānaka? Ke hānai mai nei ʻoe iā lākou i ka ʻai, he waimaka; ke hoʻohāinu mai nei ʻoe iā lākou i nā waimaka, a piha ke ana. Ua hoʻolilo ʻoe iā mākou i mea e hakakā ai nā mea e noho kokoke ana iā mākou; a ua ʻakaʻaka hoʻi ko mākou poʻe ʻenemi i waena o lākou. E ke Akua o nā kaua, e hoʻohuli mai ʻoe iā mākou; na kou maka e hoʻomālamalama mai, a laila, ola nō mākou. – Nā Halelu 80:1-7
Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Awaken your might; come and save us. Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. How long, Lord God Almighty, will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people? You have fed them with the bread of tears. You have made them drink tears by the bowlful. You have made us an object of derision. Our neighbors and our enemies mock us. Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. – Psalm 80:1-7
Ka Manaʻo o Rodney Arias KSK’90, KS Kāpalama/Bishop Memorial Chapel worship leader
I imagine that the star of Bethlehem must have shined so bright in the dark desert sky. The glow from that star must have been seen from miles away. So much so that wise men from the east followed it to find the birthplace of Jesus.
It says twice in our bible verse “O God of hosts, cause Your face to shine.” Asaph the writer of this Psalm who was a chief musician, pleads with God for His face to shine upon their nation again. Israel had turned from God and His ways and without the presence of God, or without His face shining upon them, they would not be able to prosper as a nation.
Take some time and look up at the stars in the sky. Feel the face of Ke Akua shining down with the glow that emulates the Star of Bethlehem. His light and presence is there to guide us when we feel lost, to bring us hope when we are weary and to bring us joy when we are fearful. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus we are now brought “out of darkness into His marvelous light.” His presence is always with us.
Ka Manaʻo o ke Keiki Kahu Emma Akana KSK‘23
God’s light is always shining on us no matter the occasion. There may be times when your faith falls and you feel there is no solution, but in the moments of struggle, God is always there to listen. From this scripture, I learned that a step into light, when faced with a challenge, is to first, look to God to shine on you. I relate with this scripture through the common challenge of keeping up with grades. Throughout this year I’ve come across different obstacles, and I’ve learned that the best way to overcome these is by calming down and looking to God to shed his light on you when you feel lost or in the dark.
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