Rakshabandan (Aug. 24 this year) is a festival celebrated in Nepal and India to honor brother-sister relationships. During the festival, females give bracelets of thread (usually red) and beads to the males who are considered their brothers — biological or otherwise. The Bhutanese Nepali community takes adopting a man as a brother rather seriously. The brothers will wear the bracelets until the festival of Bhai Tika (which this year is at the beginning of November).
As members of TriEak Parmeshwar Mandali celebrate Rakshabandan, please pray that the Lord will strengthen family relationships, especially between siblings. Pray that people will pursue peace with their siblings (biological and adopted) by being patient, giving grace and speaking words of comfort and healing. Pray that the bracelets will be a reminder for brothers and sisters to pray for each other. Pray that people will not be jealous or hard-hearted like Cain but will follow Jesus’ example: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers” (1 John 3:16). Please also pray that TPM’s celebration of Rakshabandan will be an encouragement to other Bhutanese Nepali communities around the world and to other followers of Jesus in Chicagoland.