When I cannot see 看不见的时候

一首非常经典的诗歌!

人生未免有起落。

走在高山,有欢欣跳跃的时候;走在低谷,有沮丧疑惑的时候 – 不管你是信徒或不是,这些都是无可避免的真实。

圣经从来没有应许我们天常蓝,花常开,它却告诉我们在苦难和疑惑的道路上,这位慈爱的主牵着我们的手一步一脚印地走过,这不就已经足够了吗?

基督徒无法改变环境,除非神有更高的旨意,他不会刻意去改变自然的定律。

当暴风骤雨的患难中,我们是埋怨神不拯救我们脱离苦难?还是依靠主带领我们走过苦难呢?

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A Real Touching Story of a Chinese teacher

Let us not love by words only but by actions

I received this video shared by Sister Adeline this morning. I find it a great encouragement for us to continue loving in actions and not only by words.

The video is about a 30 year old man spending his time as a teacher in a poverty stricken village in Yunan Province of China. He can play guitar and compose songs. He joined a Talent Search programme with a simple desire to earn more money which could afford him to buy meat for his students. He did not mention a word of loving these children but his action spells “sacrificial love” for them and it can be understood by all.

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How does the Chinese celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival?

abundantToday is 19th September, 2013 Thursday. I am rushing to post this before the midnight clock strikes.

What is so special about this day? It may not mean much to most people but it is an important day for the Chinese and Vietnamese. Today is the 15th day of the eighth month in the Lunar calendar,  a day of a full moon, which we commonly call it the Mid-Autumn Festival. (中秋节). Originally the Festival was to celebrate plentiful harvests and family reunion. Most families, especially children, love to light up lanterns and walk in the streets or gardens.

Moon in Chinese literature and songs

The Chinese has many poems (诗词)and songs associate with the moon. We have a special kind of love for the moon. During our secondary school time, we are to memorize many nice poems written by the ancient scholars. One of the popular ones is LiBai (李白)’s “Quiet Night Thought” (静夜思) written in the Tang Dynasty:

床前明月光, 疑是地上霜,举头望明月,低头思故乡。

 Moonlight shines on my bed side, it looks like snow on the ground. Raising my head I see the moon, bowing my head I think of my homeland.

An attempt to put music into this poem can be viewed below:

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Chinese song – 苏有朋的“珍惜”

images人生在世,你珍惜过些什么?

有人说,人最悲哀的就是活在永无止境的埋怨和颓丧中,从前所遇见的人,所经过的事都是你前进的绊脚石。Adeline Birthday

真的,我们常把一切的美事和顺境当成理所当然,它们本来就应该为我效力。反过来,我们却让许多的不足和逆境变成埋怨的理由。

要活的开心,更有意义,我们要学习珍惜和感恩 – 珍惜曾经的甜酸苦辣,珍惜曾经走过的岁月,珍惜曾经陪伴在身边的人。。。。。

今 天早上跟一班朋友去唱K。在最后的时段,我有机会唱这一首“珍惜”,心中很感恩,原来围绕在身边的许多年长的公公婆婆都那样疼我,不断鼓励我在生命的道路 上不言弃地向前进,更不断在很多的教会活动中支持和伸出援手,这一切,我由衷地说:“谢谢您们,我会珍惜这一切,成为我们共同的记忆。”

虽然我唱的“珍惜”没有苏有朋唱得好,可是,我真的很用心去唱,也借这首曾经是我最爱之一的歌曲,献给所有爱我的朋友们。

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Chinese song – 苏有朋的 ”雪来的日子“

snowing你是否也曾怀念飘雪的季节?

也许是怀念,也许是突然想起苏有朋那把深情演绎的歌声,我在YOUTUBE找到这首曾经是我的最爱的歌曲“雪来的时候”。

听 “雪来的时候”,我已经不是莽撞少年,甚至也不是正值青年。。。。那时我已经40多岁了。我无意中从爱FM的龙虎榜中听到它,被它的歌词和苏有朋款款深情 的嗓子吸引住了。我是跟正处少年时期的女儿一起听。她的反应是:“很普通而已,没什么特别吸引人的唱腔和音乐。”我明白,她在寻找的是特别唱腔的歌手,要 有明显真假音切换,要有突出的音乐伴奏。。。。。这些都不能从“雪来的日子”里找Alec Su到。

也许是年龄差距,代沟的存在是必然的;也许是我们所寻找和期待的歌曲和音乐不一样,我还是怀念我载着她去教会参加青少年团契的途中一起听过这首歌,成为我们共同拥有的记忆。

雪來的時候(華視倚天屠龍記[片頭曲])

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Chinese song – 苏有朋的“背包”

Alec Su这个背包里有你的梦吗?

苏有朋已经不再是“小虎队”里的“乖乖虎”。

今天的苏有朋在演艺圈是个响铛铛的名字,也在模特儿圈子里开始另外一个春天。

我还是喜欢当年带点羞涩,腼腆和笑容满面的苏有朋。

人不能停留在从前,人要不断地学习,进步,改善和成长;苏有朋是这样,你我有何尝不是如此?只愿在成长学习的过程中,我们不会丢失了原有的纯真,热忱和梦想。

这些东西,你我到底失去了多少?难道这是成长的代价吗?

听听苏有朋的“背包”。。。。你是否回到年轻的岁月?你是否还拥有着那份热忱和梦想呢?

祝福你,朋友!

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Forgiveness is the key

Unforgiveness

How to find the road to forgiving?

I knew of a friend who has not forgiven her mother-in-law who made her life miserable and spoke all kinds of lies that nearly ruined her marriage with the husband. She is now in her 70’s and the mother-in-law has passed away decades ago. She still feels the pain and anger when spoken of the relationship. She holds on unforgiveness tightly in her hands and never want to let go.

Experts say the path to wellness begins with forgiving. However, you may very well wonder, “How do you go about truly forgiving someone when they’ve grievously hurt you?” Christians believe that forgiveness is the only way to live an abundant life. As we receive forgiveness from the Lord each day, we also make a conscious decision to forgive those who have wronged us. In fact it is the Lord Jesus who taught us to pray like this, “…….forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us…..” Continue reading

When I survey the wondrous cross

When I survey the wondrous cross

HideThis hymn has never gone out of my favorites after more than 30 years of being a follower of Christ. It is especially meaningful when I listen to it during the Good Friday and Easter weekends.

I remember how my then Pastor John Hodgkinson once read the lyrics before we sang the song. He read it with such convictions and full of God’s anointing that the whole congregation was nearly all in tears. Pastor John Hodgkinson walked what he preached. He and his wife Margaret were Cambridge graduates, full of potential to earn good money and respects in the society. They responded to God’s call to become missionaries to East Malaysia in the 1960’s and 70’s. His years of being our pastor in Manchester Chinese Christian Church have been great blessings to many. It was in his pastoral care and leadership that many of us who found our faith in Manchester were being built up and equipped to walk upright before the Lord, even after we finished our studies in Manchester.

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