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Weekly devotional: Pōmaikaʻi

Aug. 19, 2022

Contributed by KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK'74

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
A e aloha mai ia iā ʻoe, a e hoʻopōmaikaʻi mai iā ʻoe, a e hoʻomāhuahua mai iā ʻoe: e hoʻopōmaikaʻi mai hoʻi ia i ka hua o kou ʻōpū, a me ka hua o kou ʻāina, i kāu palaoa a me kou waina, a me kou ʻaila, a me ka hānau ʻana o kāu poʻe bipi, a me kāu poʻe hipa, ma ka ʻāina āna i hoʻohiki ai i kou mau kūpuna e hāʻawi mai iā ʻoe.
- Kānāwai Lua 7:11-13

And He will love you, bless you, and make you numerous; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain, your new wine, and your oil, the newborn of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land which He swore to your forefathers to give you.
- Deuteronomy 7:11-13

He manaʻo o ke kahu

We gathered recently for a hoʻolewa of a beloved aunt of my wife. When I say we, I mean the clan. It may not be as large as some of your ‘ohana, but there was still a good number of relatives who came to support one another, as well was find support for him/herself. As it is with funerals, you will see folks who you haven’t seen in years. It was so good to catch up with one another. Later that evening, we got together with the cousins and all their ‘ohana. Because of the pandemic, or just life, this was the first time in YEARS that we got to greet new additions, by birth or budding relationships. We honored recent high school and nursing school graduates, those heading off to college, those back for summer from college, those who just started a new career, and lā hānau of three cousins. In other words, we celebrated life and how pōmaikaʻi or blessed that we are an ‘ohana.

That was ke Akua’s hope for his people, to be a blessed people. He reminds them “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His personal possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” (Deuteronomy 7:6) His call for them was to walk faithfully, not to stray to the left or the right from his word, to keep themselves from evil. If they did that, they would flourish in the land he was giving them.

That is still the hope that he has for us, to be one ‘ohana through his son Iesū Kristo. Whether your clan is 5 or 505, remember to walk faithfully in the Lord. Let ke Akua be the head of your household. Encourage one another to keep the faith in all that they do, and you will see nā pōmaikaʻi abound. Never take that for granted but instead cherish all that Iehova showers upon you.

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