Ya Casi Cumplo Cuarenta y Cuatro Años

Mañana cumplo cuarenta cuatro años de vida. En cada cumpleaños le doy gracias a Dios particularmente porque de adolescente siempre pensé que moriría antes de cumplir los veinticinco.


 

Mañana cumplo cuarenta cuatro años de vida. En cada cumpleaños le doy gracias a Dios particularmente porque de adolescente siempre pensé que moriría antes de cumplir los veinticinco. No sé porque pensaba de esa forma; quizás era que creía que le iba a seguir los pasos a uno de mis tíos quien murió a los veinticinco años. Tantas cosas han pasado en mi vida que verdaderamente es un milagro que hoy estoy vivo; mas Dios tiene propósito santo para mi vida y con la ayuda de su gracia y de su misericordia espero confiadamente que Dios haga en mi todo lo que El quiera hacer. Es el deseo sincero de mi corazón. Siento que he perdido tanto tiempo; siento que he cometido tantos errores y que en ocasiones le permití al pecado reinar en mi corazón.

 

Muchas veces me canso del camino, muchas veces ya quiero rendirme, muchas veces pienso que mi vida ha sido un total e irrecuperable fracaso, pero Dios y solo Dios me mantiene enfocado. He visto grandes retos, paredes gigantescas y aún he confrontado gigantes que han venido destrozando mi familia en cada generación. Mas cada mañana Dios me levanta y me da energías para seguir adelante.

 

Mañana celebraré mi cumpleaños en una Iglesia llamada “New Vision” (Nueva Visión) Mi querida esposa estará tocando el piano, con otros músicos y cantantes. Será mi responsabilidad el dirigir este servicio de adoración a Dios y que mejor forma de recibir mis cuarenta y cuatro años que cantándole a mi Cristo.  Por todo: ¡Gracias Dios mío!

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

2 thoughts on “Ya Casi Cumplo Cuarenta y Cuatro Años”

  1. On page 67 of his book “Traveling Light: Reflections on the Free Life” Eugene Peterson writes the following: “There are people who do not want us to be free. They don’t want us to be free before God, accepted just as we are by His grace. They don’t want us to be free to express our faith originally and creatively in the world. They want to control us; they want to use us for their own purposes. They themselves refuse to live arduously and openly in faith, but huddle together with a few others and try to get a sense of approval by insisting that all look alike, talk alike and act alike, thus validating one another’s worth. They try to enlarge their numbers only on the condition that new members act and talk and behave the way they do. These people infiltrate communities of faith \”to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus\” and not infrequently find ways to control, restrict and reduce the lives of free Christians.”

    Christ has set us free to live a free life. Saving grace is all His idea, and all His work. All we need to do is trust Him enough to let Him do it. It’s His gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. if we did, we’d go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us individually by Christ Jesus to join Him………………………………….Eph 2:8-10 The Message

    Happy Birthday(s) Hermano, physically and spiritually. Abrazos a la familia………………….

    Doug

    Phil. 1:3,6
    Deut. 8:2-3

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