Archive for December, 2007


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!
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


Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

noahark.jpgWhat have we learnt from the story of Noah’s ark?

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


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


Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

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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。
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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.


Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

作者 林家誼   2007/10/21, 週日陽光

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
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



Tuesday, December 4th, 2007


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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。




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)。