Archive for December, 2007

Dusting

Monday, December 31st, 2007

‘A house becomes a home when you can write ‘I love you’ on the furniture.’
 
I can’t tell you how many countless hours that I have spent CLEANING!
 
I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect —  ‘in case someone came over.’  Then I realized one day that no one came over;  they were all out living life and having fun!
 
Now, when people visit, I find no need to  explain the ‘condition’ of my home.
They are more interested in hearing about the things I’ve been doing while I was away living life and having fun. If you haven’t figured this out yet, please heed this advice.
 
Life is short. Enjoy it! Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better to paint a picture or write a letter, bake a cake or plant a seed, ponder the difference between want and need?
 
Dust if you must, but there’s not much time, with rivers to swim and mountains to climb, music to hear and books to read, friends to cherish and life to lead.
 
Dust if you must, but the world’s out there with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain. This day will not come around again.
 
Dust if you must, but bear in mind, old age will come and it’s not kind. And when you go — and go you must — you, yourself will make more dust!
 
Share this with all the wonderful people in your life!
I JUST DID.
 
It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you lead.
 
Does this remind you of Martha and Mary in the Bible?  Mary knows the better part.  She sat at the feet of Jesus while Martha busied herself in the kitchen.
‘For what, Martha, do you busy yourself? With Jesus you have everything.’

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

One of the New 7 Wonders of the World
By: Ney Deluiz

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2 Boxes

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

I have in my hands two boxes,2 Boxes - Sorrow & Joy
Which God gave me to hold.
He said, ‘Put all your sorrows in the black box,
And all your joys in the gold.’

I heeded
His words, and in the two boxes,
Both my joys and sorrows I stored,
But though the gold became heavier each day,
The black was as light as before.

With curiosity, I opened the black,
I wanted to find out why,
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole,
Which my sorrows had fallen out by.

I showed the hole to God, and mused,
‘I wonder where my sorrows could be!’
He smiled a gentle smile and said,
‘My child, they’re all here with me..’

I asked God, why He gave me the boxes,
Why the gold and the black with the hole?
‘My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings,
The black is for you to let go.’

We should consider all of our friends a blessing.

End of Year

Monday, December 24th, 2007

End of year, it’s a time to reflect.

End of Year

諾厄方舟

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

noahark.jpgWhat have we learnt from the story of Noah’s ark?
從諾厄方舟的故事,我們學會了什麽?

1. 不要錯過船期
Don’t miss the boat

2. 記着我們同坐一條船
Remember we’re on the same boat

3. 凡事要先作好準備,方舟是在大雨前建造的
We need good planning. Noah’s ark was built before the heavy rain came

4. 保持健康體魄,即使你六十歲,仍會有人要你做大事
Stay in good health, you’ll still be needed for major venture even if you’re 60

5. 不要怕批評,專心完成所需要做的工作
Don’t be bothered by any criticism, focus on what needs to be completed

 

6. 在高處建造您的未來
Build your future on high places

7. 為安全起見,需二人同行
For safety’s sake, travel in pairs

8. 速度不是永遠最重要,蝸牛和印度豹最終也同在船上
Speed is never the most important thing,
snail and the leopard end up on the same boat

9. 當精神緊張時,嘗試稍作放鬆
When you feel uptight, relax a little.

10. 記着,方舟是由外行人建造,而鐵達尼號卻是專家的傑作
Remember, the ark was built by layman, Titanic was built by specialists

11. 無論外面風雨多大,若您與主同行,彩虹便在不遠之處
No matter how bad the weather outside is,
if you walk with God, the rainbow is just ahead of you

很多人在你的生活中出現或離開…
但只有朋友在你的心內留下足跡!

There are so many people who come and go in your life.
Only friends will leave their footprints in your heart.

Things happen for a reason

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Beautiful story…. makes you understand that things happen for a reason. 

The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn, arrived in early October excited about their opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything
done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve.
 
They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc, and on December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished.  On December 19 a terrible tempest – a driving rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days. On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church. His heart sank when he saw that the roof had
leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.
The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home. On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross embroidered right in the center. It was just the right size to cover up the hole in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.

By this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus.. She missed it. The pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus 45 minutes later.

She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area.

Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face was like a sheet.. ‘Pastor,’ she asked, ‘where did you get that tablecloth?’ The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria,the woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten the Tablecloth. The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria.

When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. He was captured, sent to prison and never saw her husband or her home again.

The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor keep it for the church. The pastor insisted on driving her home, that was the least he could do.. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.

What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return.

One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he wasn’t leaving.

The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Austria before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike. 

He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a prison.. He never saw his wife or his home again all the 35 years in between.

The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken the woman three days earlier.

He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman’s apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.

True Story – submitted by Pastor Rob Reid Who says God does not work in mysterious ways.. I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for you today, to guide you and protect you as you go along your way. His love is always with you, His promises are true, and when we give Him all our cares you know He will see us through.

So when the road you’re traveling on seems difficult at best.. Just remember I’m here praying and God will do the rest. Pass this on to those you want God to bless and don’t forget to send it back to the one who asked God to bless you first.

When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need. Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say the following small prayer for the person who sent you this.

Father, God, bless all my friends and family in what ever it is that You know they may be needing this day! May their life be full of your peace, prosperity and power as he/she seeks to have a closer relationship with you. Amen.

Then send it on to five other people, including the one who sent it to you. Within hours five people have prayed for you and you caused a multitude of people to pray for other people. Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life.

P.S. Five is good, but more is better. 

The Pink Dress

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Pink DressThere was this little girl sitting by herself in the park.  Everyone passed by her and never stopped to see why she looked so sad.   Dressed in a worn pink dress, barefoot and dirty, the girl just sat and watched the people go by.
She never tried to speak.  She never said a word.  Many people passed by her, but no one would stop.

The next day I decided to go back to the park in curiosity to see if the little girl would still be there.  Yes, she was there, right in the very spot where she was yesterday, and still with the same sad look in her eyes.  Today I was to make my own move and walk over to the little girl.  For as we all know, a park full of strange people is not a place for young children to play alone.  As I got closer I could see the back of the little girl’s dress.  It was grotesquely shaped.  I figured that was the reason people just passed by and made no effort to speak to her.

Deformities are a low blow to our society and, heaven forbid if you make a step toward assisting someone who is different.  As I got closer, the little girl lowered her eyes slightly to avoid my intent stare.  As I approached her, I could see the shape of her back more clearly.  She was grotesquely shaped in a humped over form.  I smiled to let her know it was OK; I was there to help, to talk.  I sat down beside her and opened with a simple, “Hello.”
 
The little girl acted shocked, and stammered a “hi”; after a long stare into my eyes.  I smiled and she shyly smiled back.  We talked until darkness fell and the park was completely empty.  I asked the girl why she was so sad.  The little girl looked at me with a sad face said, “Because, I’m different.”
 
I immediately said, “That you are!”; and smiled.   The little girl acted even sadder and said, “I know.”  “Little girl,” I said, “you remind me of an angel, sweet and innocent.”  She looked at me and smiled, then slowly she got to her feet and said,  “Really?”  “Yes, you’re like a little Guardian Angel sent to watch over all people walking by.”  She nodded her head yes, and smiled.  With that she opened the back of her pink dress and allowed her wings to spread, then she said “I am.”  “I’m your Guardian Angel,” with a twinkle in her eye.
 
I was speechless — sure I was seeing things. 

She said, “For once you thought of someone other than yourself. My job here is done”.
 
I got to my feet and said, “Wait, why did no one stop to help an angel?”
 
She looked at me, smiled, and said, “You’re the only one that could see
me,” and then she was gone.
 
And with that, my life was changed dramatically.  So, when you think you’re all you have, remember, your angel is always watching over you.

Venice With Pavarotti

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

活得比你好

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

天父也用 ICQa_funny_music_note.png
ICQ#:創 1:24-31,格後 12:7-10
User:我的天父
Password:活得比你好
Contact list:亞當 ─ 人
亞當:這個白痴,受你蒙騙亦可以,受你點,給你指……
天父:我兒!我沒有騙你!
亞當:爸爸!我不是話你,我在唱曲,你沒有聽過嗎?
天父:沒有心情。
亞當:你也會沒心情的嗎?
天父:點止沒心情,簡直心酸。
亞當:何解?
天父:人總喜歡改名。
亞當:是你吩咐人做的。
天父:也許是我太大意吧!
亞當:有什麼不對?
天父:給其他東西起名並沒問題,只是……
亞當:只是什麼?
天父:人不喜歡我給的名字,還要為自己改名。
亞當:改名?
天父:男的叫白痴或無癩;女的就叫垃圾。
亞當:還有……,還有些叫爛泥呢!
天父:奇怪!
亞當:有什麼不對呢?這不是謙虛的表現嗎?
天父:自視為垃圾及爛泥是自我貶抑。自視為無癩或白痴是自暴自棄,兩者都是虛偽,假謙虛。
亞當:總比一些人自吹自雷好吧!
天父:常自以為是,不可一世,自我膨脹也是不認識自己的表現。
亞當:怎麼辦?
天父:人啊!你不知道你是我所造的嗎?
亞當:好多人都知道,而且也承認。
天父:但我並沒有創造廢物,我所造的樣樣都很好。
亞當:人的確有很多不足之處。
天父:知道並接受自己的軟弱是真正體驗生命。
亞當:人永遠只是受造物,是有限的,一定不會像你一樣十全十美。
天父:人是我造的,也是我聖子所救贖的,怎會是爛泥,是垃圾?!
亞當:是好泥,是工具。
天父:當人經驗自己的不足而投靠我 ─ 這生命之源時,他才是真正生活。
亞當:不明白。
天父:發現自己的缺點或感到無力時,不少人或是採取放棄的態度或是死撐。
亞當:通常他們都捱不過。
天父:能夠在最軟弱時,人生最無奈時而懂得依靠我是真正的認識自己。
亞當:因為是你無條件的愛了每一個人。
天父:但人卻認為自己是爛泥,而且要活像無癩。
亞當:人在看輕你。
天父:我沒有看輕人。
亞當:我的爸爸,願你的名受顯揚,願你的國來臨,願你的旨意奉行在人間,如同在天上。求你今天使我能夠活出我的價值,而不會自視為廢物。求你寬
恕我自以為是爛泥及無癩的心態,而看不見你以愛去創造及救贖的偉大。不要讓我陷於虛偽的誘惑,但救我免於凶惡。亞孟。
天父:我兒,你要活得好。
亞當:我軟弱,但有爸爸撐住。
(亞當 Disconnect,天父當然 Online。)

5 Min. Tour of the World

Monday, December 10th, 2007

I Thank You Lord…

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

… for all the blessings you gave me this year.

… for the sunny days and for the sad, cloudy days.

… for the peaceful afternoons and the long, dark nights.

Thank you for health and sickness, for the sorrows and joys I had this year.

Thank you for all the things you lent me and then took back again.

Thank you, Lord, for the friendly smiles and helping hands, for the love I received and all wonderful things.

For the flowers and stars, for children and loving souls.

Thank you for the loneliness, for work, for difficulties and problems, for uncertainties and tears because all these brought me closer to You.

Thank you for preserving my life, for supplying shelter, food and all my needs.

What awaits me in this New Year?
Whatever you wish, My Lord

… I ask only that you grant me faith to see you in everything that comes my way,

Hope & Courage to not give up,

And Love… more love for you each day and for those around me.
Give  me Patience, Humility, Yieldness and a Giving Heart.
Give me, Lord, what you know
is good for me and that which I know not how to ask.
Grant me an obedient heart and a listening ear, an alert mind and active hands so that I may yield to your desire and submit to your perfect will for my life.  Pour out Your blessings over all my loved ones and bring peace to the hearts of men.
Amen.

一段分享愛與希望的故事

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

作者 林家誼   2007/10/21, 週日陽光
CHRISTIAN LIFE WEEKLY

如果有一天 陽光不見了  
世界會變冷 什麼也看不到

如果有一天 小雨不下了  
水兒不再流 花兒也凋謝

因為我們心中 藏著有一份愛   
所以陽光和小雨 會與我們同在

愛就是陽光   愛就是小雨  
陽光和小雨 離不開我和你
進入台北縣愛維養護中心的網址http://aiwei.myweb.hinet.net/,馬上會聽到這首「陽光和小雨」,道盡了台北縣愛維養護中心,為一百七十四位中、低收入戶、身心障礙者所提供的庇護與關懷。
故事一:愛維家族自治會會長小芳
鶯歌人,於十八歲高中畢業那年,因車禍之故,導致脖子以下全癱。人生至此改觀,她有長達四至五年期間,是完全放棄自己、封鎖自己,對於任何人的噓寒問暖,她永遠地冰冷以「不用了,謝謝!」來回絕。小芳認為,旁人無法理解癱瘓的痛苦,更因為老天爺摒棄了她,所以她放棄了自己,也不再相信世界。
但自從愛維打聽到脊髓協會中途之家的訓練,可對小芳有所幫助之後,便積極透過募款的方式來籌措小芳的學費。在中途之家,小芳看到了許多比她更嚴重的脊髓損傷者,這激發她積極樂觀地面對未來生命的動力;更在修女、社工友善的關懷、鼓勵和照顧下,讓她漸漸走出傷痛,她決心脫離悲傷,不願一輩子臥床。現在的小芳活出了自己,勇敢的面對生命,在淚水中學習了身障者該擁有的自我照顧技能,如吃飯、閱讀、使用電腦,現對她而言已不再是困擾,如果上了愛維的網站,你會看到她的設計圖就放在網頁上。她的繪畫表現更是出色,不僅僅是台北縣「愛在畫中」身障者進階班的得獎者,今年九月,也在周大觀文教基金會的幫助下,於台灣民主紀念館畫廊開設畫展,更曾獲選伊甸基金會輪椅美女選拔賽的最佳勇氣獎,也是空大的學生、愛維住民的家族自治委員會會長,更是許多國、高中學生生命教育課程中最佳的心靈導師。
故事二:小真
隔代教養、七十二年次的小真,是位多發性硬化症的孩子。這一類型的病症,多半以類固醇做為治療方式,也因為類固醇的副作用,脾氣變化無常,一百多公斤、無法獨立行走的小真,也曾讓愛維猶豫是否要收納為住民。然而年邁的小真祖父母觸動了愛維,愛維以多二倍的看護人力,接下了照顧小真的重擔。此舉,除了給祖父母多一點喘息的機會,也給小真一個學習未來獨立生活的機會。
初期,愛維以牧靈員來陪伴小真,度過每一段心情高低起伏的震盪期,以營養師來調配飲食,再輔以被動關節治療、電療、站立訓練及平衡訓練…等等,來為小真減重。現在小真的體重約為六十多公斤左右。當她第一次可以放手走路五十公尺時,愛維可是響起一陣歡聲雷動呢!
九十四年入住的小真,現在也比以前更懂事了。小真加入了褶衣組,賺取些零用錢供祖父母花用,畢竟年事已的高祖父母,省吃儉用的每一分錢,都已花在每回包車至八里愛維看心愛的孫女上了!現在的小真,也是手工藝班及電腦班的學員,她出色的手工藝成品,也在五月廿六日愛維園遊會上出現。
故事三:相互支持的小腦萎縮症兄弟檔與不離不棄的夫妻情深
低收入戶的兄弟檔,皆為小腦萎縮症病患,連袂入住愛維養護中心,每到復健課時間,在愛維長長的走道上,總會看到發病病史較長的哥哥,一路顫抖地與弟弟,相互扶持地走向復健器材,他們的步伐雖然零亂、雖然肢體動作不協調、雖然溝通的言語是如此地支離破碎、雖然要花很長的時間,才能走完這段短短的走廊,但這一幕,卻永讓愛維社工難以忘懷!
兄弟檔的妯娌,大嫂為台灣人,弟媳為無謀生能力的越南新娘,即使家庭每月收入不到五千元;即使又要面對另一個弟弟小腦萎縮症發病的無情威脅,這個家族仍然緊緊的守護在一起,一同面對生命的無情考驗。
備註:    小腦萎縮症發病年齡在青壯年,患者會有視覺退化、眼球快速轉動、智力退化、步態不穩等症狀。小腦萎縮症為體染色體顯性之遺傳疾病,目前歸納有廿種以上,致病的基因也都不相同。臨床的症狀,除了小腦退化及萎縮外,有些也會伴隨著神經系統的異常,單靠臨床的症狀表現,有時無法完全區分出型別,因此必須搭配基因篩檢的方式,進行正確的分型及診斷。
每位在愛維的住民 都有個屬於他的故事
這些故事 說也說不完 因為他們都是用無數的血淚所串起的…
請不要單純地以為這不過是個故事 因為他們現在正在愛維發生中
德蕾莎姆姆的祈禱文中,有段話是這麼說的:「窮人餓了,不僅只希望有一塊麵包而已,更希望有人愛他;窮人赤身露體,不僅希望有人給他一塊布,更希望有人能給他應有的尊嚴;窮人無家可歸,不僅希望有一間小屋可以棲身,而且也希望再也沒有人遺棄他,對他漠不關心。」對於低收入戶的重度身心障礙者而言,愛維養護中心就是一間不會遺棄他、不會對他漠不關心的小屋。

愛維養護中心劃撥帳號:19828708

泰澤

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

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作為今年才剛受洗的新教友,對我們的信仰及教會內的一切,都懷有相當的好奇和求知,因此,我在日常都儘量安排參與多一些堂區的活動和服務。

在禮儀服務組召集下,九月份參加了一個有關預備接待「泰澤」團體的「信心之旅在香港」的聚會,會內有各種的說明和分工討論等等,最特別的是大家一同預習一首「泰澤」的歌曲,對資歷尚淺的我來說,心中不禁奇怪,祈禱會不就是講道嗎?這一連串的短曲,實在不甚了了……

踏入十一月的第三個星期,再經一陣子的預習和準備,迎來了十三日晚上的聚會,當晚座堂來了很多不同的面孔,在陳樞機和「泰澤」的兩位修士步入主祭台前;一片經特別安排而坐滿了年青人的空地,氣氛很明顯的告訴我們;一個特別的經驗快將展開。由當晚的第一個音符響起,便深深被現場的氣氛吸引著了,先前預習時,好像沒有連貫的短歌,由現場的所有人一同詠習出來的強大感染力,是之前無法想像的,心神被深深吸引了,而思想中感到和天主基督更加接近。特別是當中插入的靜默時段,洛大的空間。眾多的人們,竟然可以靜默到僅聽到些微的風聲,寂寞中,反而心中的思路更為清澈……在「泰澤」艾樂思修士的分享中,我們了解到「泰澤」團體和香港的因緣,東方和西方基督徒思想的共融,以及「泰澤」修士的理想和抱負等等。最後,在一連串時而耳語、時而高命的歌聲中,來到當晚聚會的高潮,巨大的十字架由祭台而下,走入群眾之中,大家輪流圍在十字架旁歌唱。祈禱,感覺就像在天主的身傍一樣,令我們對天主基督的信仰有更深入和更心靈一面的了解和渴望。

由燦爛而歸於平靜,當晚的聚會後,我深深體會到,原來祈禱是要用心和天主互動,不一定是刻板的頌讀和祈求,要先釋放我們被拘束的靈魂,才能和天主有心神的交往。就如「泰澤」聚會中的一連串歌詠,重覆的短曲,加起來的力量真大,而聚集的信徒,全都使我們更加團結。

 

將臨期的起源及意義

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

將臨期的拉丁文為 Adventus,意指來到或駕臨。聖誕節前四週(由最接近11月30日之主日至聖誕節),在天主教會內稱為將將臨期臨期。在這段期間,教友們開始以期待喜悅的心情準備迎接主耶穌基督的降生。將臨期在教會歷史上是一個比較新近的節期,但是慶祝的儀式,已經有過多次的變革。

將臨期的起源已經不可追溯,Arles主教在公元502-542年的證道辭中曾提及在聖誕節前的準備,但並未成為教會內的正式禮儀。公元581年在高盧召開的主教會議要求自11月11日至聖誕節期間每週有三天應按照封齋期的禮儀,將臨期的長短也曾有三週到六週變化。將臨期的四週象徵基督降臨前四千年的黑暗,將臨期彌撒中主教或神父穿著紫色祭衣,表示悔罪刻苦,以準備主基督的降生,教友應辦妥告解與天主修好。

將臨期有雙重特點:

是聖誕節的準備期紀念天主子第一次來到人間是令人想到基督末世再度來臨的時期。

另外,教會亦有一種傳統,就是在聖堂內放置將臨圈。將臨圈的習慣是從德國開始,雖然只有數百年,但已傳到世界各地。教友似乎喜歡這種新習慣。所謂「將臨圈」就是用常青的樹枝編織而成的圓圈或花冠(Advent Wreath),圈上按置四支蠟燭,它可懸掛在屋頂上或放在桌子上。在現代的社會中已有現成的、塑膠造成的將臨圈出售。其傳統的意義:象徵基督真光來照耀那「坐在黑暗與死亡蔭影下的人群」(路1:79)。

花環本身象徵「時期已滿」時基督就來到了人間,也象徵天主的永恒存在與無始無終:常青樹象徵永生與天主的不變性。四支蠟燭代表將臨期的四週,每一週點燃一支蠟燭。基督的降來是為了帶給我們真光,使我們分享天主的永恒生命,亦提示我們,基督降生成人的日子;越來越接近我們。因此,每個教友家庭、教會團體、以及聖堂中均適合在將臨期開始佈置一將臨圈。主佑各位!