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Weekly devotional: Palenaʻole – Without boundaries

Jul. 8, 2022

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
He nui nō ko kākou Haku, a ua nui hoʻi kona ikaika; A he mea hiki ʻole ke haʻi aku i kona ʻike. – Psalm 147:5

Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite. – Psalm 147:5

He manaʻo o ke kahu
Besides ALL the Disney princesses, one of my granddaughter’s favorite characters, is Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story.” She dressed up as Buzz for Halloween and even on a recent trip to Disneyland. She also got a large action figure of him and carries him around like one of her dolls. Buzz Lightyear’s famous line is, “To infinity and beyond!” Although that was his dream, he spent a lot of time in his owner’s toybox until a magical moment enabled him to come alive and he ventured out to explore the neighborhood.

Infinity can be an unfathomable concept because we are limited by our imagination. To understand concepts, we normally compare them to something that is finite, something that is limited. So, to understand infinity, we need to compare it to something that is also infinite. The only thing that I can imagine is God. Scripture speaks of ke Akua’s palenaʻole (boundless) nature, of which today’s passages are just two examples. All of them speak to one of these characteristics of ke Akua – omnipresent (always present), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipotent (all-powerful).

His omnipresent nature demonstrates that God is always with us, across time and space. There is nowhere we can go where God isn’t. What an assurance that he is ALWAYS with us. His omniscient nature shows that God knows all things – all the good and all the bad. He knows our pain and celebrates our joys. His omnipotent nature shows that there is nothing that ke Akua cannot do – even withholding his wrath against us when we fail in our faith walk.

Infinity also describes his aloha for us. His unlimited love to the infinite numbers of those who lived in the past, who are here in the present, and for those who are yet to come, was revealed when he gave his own son to die, so that ALL might have life. Though God is infinite and beyond our understanding, he is also personal and close to us, “an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 4:1). May you never be overwhelmed in the stresses of life for we know the “peace of God, which transcends all.”

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