Sunday, May 25, 2008

substance of things hoped for



I'm not afraid of anything
Be it mountains, water, dragons, dark or sky
I'm not afraid of anything
Tell me where's the challenge if you never try
So watch me fly
I'm not afraid...

And I feel the calling of adventure
And I hear the ringing in my ear
The lights are glaring
Trumpets blaring
I'm right here
And I hear the calling of tomorrow
And I feel the stirring in my bones...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Keep Going



So don't sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!
Hebrews 12:12-13 (Message)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Pacem In Excelsius



Attended PCC's performance of Bach's Mass in B minor - where Z performed this Bass Aria:

Et in Spiritum Sanctum (And I believe in the Holy Ghost),
Dominum, et vivificantem (the Lord and giver of life):
qui ex Patre Filioque procedit (Who prodeedeth from the Father and the Son).
Qui cum Patre et Filio simul (Who with the Father and the Son together)
adoratur et conglorificatur (is worshipped and glorified):
qui locutus est per Prophetas (who spoke by the Prophets).
Credo in unam sanctam (And I believe in one holy)
catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam (catholic and apostolic Church).


Bach, the greatest composer in the 18C, was also a devout Lutheran Christian who had a heart for sacred music. He was certainly prolific in producing more than 1000 works in his life. And the more I read online about the intricacy and underlying theology of his music, the more I'm impressed by his cleverness and devotion!

And hear this, the Credo section is in fact, the Nicene Creed. Containing all the essential elements of the Christian faith, it's no wonder that we recite it for holy communion in church. And so I wonder if God's presence tangibly filled the cathedral as the chorus chimed in tutti,

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy)
Dominus Deus Sabaoth (Lord God of Hosts)
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua (Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory)


On a different note, looking around during the concert, I realised the other constant, next to change: Aging. Friends, friends' family, the conductor and players on stage - oh how we've aged.

No wonder the bible teaches us to number our days. Let's live life with a great story to tell at the end of it!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

break my heart for what breaks yours






Moral of the story: A soldier braves landslides, rubble and fatigue to save souls and restore hope.

So have a heart.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

spilling



A gift of patience, can it be? Though it seems the phone rings too much.

How to impact lives when an attitude to serve is not entirely there?

Friday, May 09, 2008

Friend seeker



This shows the full meaning of the Scripture that says: "Abraham believed God, and God accepted Abraham's faith, and that faith made him right with God." And Abraham was called God's friend. James 2:23 (NCV)

Watched Superhero Movie with D my old pal. As sillily slapstick it was, it speaks of how we all long for a secret power that makes us invincible while remaining human and true to ourselves.

In SOT, we're learning about the person of God... the Holy Spirit. More than a spooky presence, He's as real as you and me, and comes bearing an immeasurable love along with gifts and secrets. And it all begins with an invitation to begin a relationship.

And it's really a friendship of mutual listening. After all, what do friends do? What makes you feel loved when you meet a friend? When someone gives you time of day?

A couple of friends called me tonight and I realised all they really wanted was a listening ear. I don't feel like I've done much, yet one thanked me for my friendship. Such is the simple faith of a simple man. And it's simply wonderful!

I surmise that leadership is a call to lay down one's life for his friends. By being available, by bearing them on his shoulders and in prayer, by selflessly influencing them for the better...

And so we come full circle to the R-word - Relationship (the opposite of Rejection?)

How does one relate? How does one open one's heart? How does one become a friend?

Receive, rejoice and release, perhaps?

Friday, May 02, 2008

Anxiety, Be Gone



Ubin was great. Today felt like holiday. But am up again till late, busy with bookstore matters.

Racing hard, it feels a little lonely. More importantly, may I not lose focus of the things that truly matter.