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.
There are so many passages in the bible telling us that our belief is like noisy gong if it does not touch others’ lives and make a difference. Continue reading
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：
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:
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。”
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.
When I survey the wondrous cross
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.
Thank you, Pastor John and Margaret Hodgkinson. Continue reading