Monday, June 29, 2009

TOTD, June 30

Great is Your Faithfulness

Tonight, in the middle of preparing my Thought of The Day (TOTD), I found that it’s really hard for me to concentrate. For the past 10 days until today, it’s been quite a hectic period of time for me, since my daughter always sleeps late, around 01.30- 02.00 am. Sometimes, I’m not in the mood of writing, but yet I need to write down something since this is my commitment for Him.

Then, I begin to think, if He’s moody, what will happen to our life? If let’s say He’s just like us-human being- one day we’re in the mood: we’re very happy and enthusiastic, while on the next day, we’re just so gloomy, sad, and not in the mood of doing anything, what will happen to us?
What will happen if we ask for His forgiveness and then He said, “ Sorry, I’m not in the mood to forgive you?”

I feel so blessed tonight that He’s a God of faithfulness. Great is His Faithfulness. He’s faithful no matter what. Our mood might bring us up and down, near or far away from Him, but His faithfulness are new every morning. Couldn’t thank Him enough! :)

They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
--- Lamentations 3:23

Sunday, June 28, 2009

TOTD, June 29

He Is Patient

If you are tempted to lose patience with your fellowman; stop and think how patient God has been with you.”(author: unknown).

We get angry easily. When I was inside a bus on the way to the church, the TV mobile inside it was giving some motivational quotes. One of them was very good, it said, “ For every minute you become angry, you’ve lost 60 seconds of happiness”
That’s so true! Imagine there is time that we’re running out of patient with others, it happens most of the time, right? What if it’s God who hasn’t enough patience for us? We will beg Him to give us more forgiveness for sure. But when it comes to forgive others, we’re very slow to do that.

Even though His promise might seem slow, He is faithful. Even though it seems that He has forgotten you, No… He hasn’t. Even though it seems that He’s running out of patient with you, but His patience will always be there for you.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
--- 2 Peter 3:9

Saturday, June 27, 2009

TOTD, June 28

Don’t be Stiff-Necked

The Israelites are called stiff-necked. Their necks are called "stiff" because they won't bend to God's will.

Sometimes we’re just so stubborn. Or maybe at other time, we thought that we’re always right and nothing can go wrong with our expertise or prediction. But, my dear friends, we’re only human and not God. He knows better, a lot better, or even the best for us. So, surrender your will to God, don’t be stiff-necked anymore, since it won’t do you any good. The best thing will only happen if we surrender our hopes and dreams, as well as our will, in Him. He won’t force us, but He will give us the freedom to choose while at the same time He’s longing for our surrender act to obey His will. (-fon-)

Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer.
--- Deuteronomy 10:16

Friday, June 26, 2009

TOTD, June 27

Spider’s Web

Today, most of the people are talking about the King of Pop’s sudden death, Michael Jackson, due to the cardiac arrest. It’s very sad because all of the sudden the world has lost the most genuine and genius musician ever. Despite his fame, Michael had some problems such as fragility, loneliness, stress and depression that he has dealt for years until this sudden death.
Michael’s life reminds me of the verse from the book of Job. Like Michael, it’s very human that eventually we might feel fragile. We can also forget about Him, perish our hope, then trust to something else. But, Job reminds us when we don’t put trust in the Lord, it seems like we’re relying on a spider’s web. We might lean on it; but it gives way. We cling to it, but it doesn’t hold.
Spider’s web taught me to stay firm in God. Never find another! Because there is none like Him. (-fon-)

Such is the destiny of all who forget God;
so perishes the hope of the godless.
What he trusts in is fragile ;
what he relies on is a spider's web.
He leans on his web, but it gives way;
he clings to it, but it does not hold.
--- Job 8:13-15

Thursday, June 25, 2009

TOTD, June 26

Live a Worthy Life

Imagine that when you woke up this morning, the phone rings.
You’re still in your pajamas, drinking your coffee.
You stand up and pick up the phone.
You hear your Doctor’s voice. In a very somber tone, he says, “I have to say this to you because I’m your friend and I’m your doctor. I’m now holding in my hand the results your medical tests. I’m very sorry, but you’re going to die in 30 days.”
The shock is overwhelming.
The room around you starts to spin.
You sit down.
“Thirty days? But that’s so soon…”
And a big question reverberates in your mind… “If I had only 30 days to live, how will I live?”(Bo Sanchez’s Blog)

Bo Sanchez encouraged all of his readers to imagine that even though they’re healthy and in good condition, but try to live their life as if it’s going to be the last days of it.
Then, of course, life will be different. Not because it has changed, but merely because we are changed. If only we could live our life like that, we’ll definitely love more, laugh more, and spend more time doing what we love with our loved ones, rather than worrying, grumbling, or living in bitterness or anger. Let’s live a worthy life and make a difference! (-fon-)

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God
--- Colossians 1:10

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

TOTD, June 25

Truth and Love Will Win

“Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Interesting quote from Mahatma Gandhi. Through all history, the way of truth and love has always won. Evil might seem invincible, but eventually they’ll always fall.
And for us, Christians, our God is love. The Lord is also the truth. And He is faithful. He will give us enough strength and protection from the evil one. Turn to no other, only turn to Him.

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
--- 2 Thessalonians 3:3

TOTD, June 24

People of Hope

All the great spiritual leaders in history were people of hope. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Jesus, Rumi, Gandhi, and Dorothy Day all lived with a promise in their hearts that guided them toward the future without the need to know exactly what it would look like. Let's live with hope. (HENRI J. M. NOUWEN)

The bible has shown us the great spiritual leaders who become our examples how to live our days in hope. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Jesus, have shown us to live in promise without knowing what exactly it would be. Let’s live in hope in the Lord. And let’s soar on wings like eagles in Him. Let’s become the people of hope. (-fon-)

but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
--- Isaiah 40:31

Monday, June 22, 2009

TOTD, June 23

A “Yes” Face

During Thomas Jefferson's presidency he and a group of travelers were crossing a river that had overflowed its banks. Each man crossed on horseback fighting for his life. A lone traveler watched the group traverse the treacherous river and then asked President Jefferson to take him across. The president agreed without hesitation, the man climbed on, and the two made it safely to the other side of the river where somebody asked him: "Why did you select the President to ask this favor?" The man was shocked, admitting he had no idea it was the President of the United States who had carried him safely across. "All I know," he said, "is that on some of your faces was written the answer 'No' and on some of them was the answer 'Yes.' His was a 'Yes' face." (A 'Yes' Face by Charles Swindoll )

It’s interesting to read President Jefferson’s “Yes” face as being told by this story. Sometimes we can see the people surround us with “ No” face or even we, ourselves are in that state as well: a “No” face. When people turn to us for help, what shall we say? What will our face say?
The bible reminds us to stay happy inside because it will reflect on the outer part, such as our face. To be happy at heart makes the face cheerful.
So, try to have a “Yes” face:). (-fon-)

A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit.
--- Proverbs 15:13

Sunday, June 21, 2009

TOTD, June 22

He Is On Board

A very interesting homily at the church today. The pastor told us that Jesus is always on board. It’s not that he’s giving instruction from the shores, but He is on board with us in our boat of life.
The bible did mention about He got into the boat and his disciples followed Him, then a furious storm came up on the lake and He finally rebuked the winds and the waves, and made everything completely calm.
So, while sailing our boat of life, we need not be afraid, because He is on board and He has the ability to face the winds and waves of our life. So, why don’t we draw nearer to Him? (-fon-)

Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"
He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm
--- Matthew 8:23-26

Saturday, June 20, 2009

TOTD, June 20-21

He is Everywhere

The little child whispered,
"God, speak to me"
And a meadowlark sang.
But the child did not hear.
So the child yelled,
"God, speak to me!"
And the thunder rolled across the sky
But the child did not listen.
The child looked around and said,
"God let me see you"
And a star shone brightly
But the child did not notice.
And the child shouted,
"God show me a miracle!"
And a life was born
But the child did not know.
So the child cried out in despair,
"Touch me God, and let me know you are there!"
Whereupon God reached down
And touched the child.
But the child brushed the butterfly away
And walked away unknowingly. (God? Author: Unknown)

Sometimes, we don’t realize that God speaks. We asked Him to speak to us, and He speaks. It’s just sometimes we don’t listen. So, wherever we are, whatever we do, try to taste and see Him. He’s everywhere. He can be seen everywhere, as long as we want to seek Him seriously. (-fon-)

Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
--- Psalm 34:8

Worries Vs Trust

"When I look back on all these worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened." (Winston Churchill)

Most of the time, worries never happened. But I’ve read that sometimes we tend to choose this attitude because we’re afraid of the future. So, we thought by worrying would make us feel better in case something’s going wrong in the next steps of our life.
The Bible reminds us to stay faithful, to put our trust in the Lord. When we put our confidence in him, we’ll have no worries in the year of drought and never fail to bear fruits. Change our worries into faith. Trust Him with all our heart! (-fon-)

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit."
--- Jeremiah 17:7-8

Thursday, June 18, 2009

TOTD, June 19

Training and Instruction of the Lord

Today, being a parent isn’t easy. While everything’s getting easier and high-tech, the information, the internet, the games, the gadgets, etc, then we encounter this question how to educate the child in this kind of era?
The bible gives a very good reminder for all fathers (and mothers as well).
Don’t exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Of course, it’s also important to give a good example. By being a good example, I’m sure at least our kids will have a role model in their parents and hopefully will do the same thing. But the main focus, training and instruction, needs to be on the Lord Himself. Hopefully, if you’re a parent today (or you’re a parent some day), we’ll be able to do this. (-fon-)

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
--- Ephesians 6:4

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

TOTD, June 18


Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things.
~Samuel M. Shoemaker

Prayer is all we need. Not because it change things, but moreover because it sure changes us for things. The bible also reminds us to devote ourselves in prayer, it’s also a tool to be watchful and thankful.
So, keep on praying…to change us for the better! (-fon-)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
--- Colossians 4:2

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

TOTD, June 17

Like A Child

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a four- year-old child, whose next-door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry."
--- The Most Caring Child
by: Ellen Kreidman, A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Children got wonderful pure hearts that can’t really be imagined. As we’re getting more mature, as we’re getting older, it’s quite sad to see the value fades away. But it’s just so sweet to see such a caring act could come out from a child.

The bible reminds us to receive the kingdom of God like a little child. In our purity and sincerity, let’s be like a child in accepting the kingdom of God. (-fon-)

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
--- Luke 18:17

Monday, June 15, 2009

TOTD, June 16

Lessons to Learn

God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in any other way. The way we learn those lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them.” Stanley Lindquist

Lessons in life are somehow a very expensive experience that can make us learn and find the meanings in them. And somehow, by experiencing the lowest point of life, we can transform into a new person, and hopefully a better one. After all ‘through the rain’ experience (Mariah Carey’s song version), for sure it will be better if we could only wake up once again and hold on to our faith. It’s our duty to keep on learning the lessons in this life and to obey His words. So, ready for your next lessons? (-fon-)

"This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem, 'Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?' declares the LORD
--- Jeremiah 35:13

Sunday, June 14, 2009

TOTD, June 15

Let Your Light Shine!

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech

Sometimes, we’re just so narrow-minded. We’ve always thought that it’s good if we are not the center of other’s interest, so we keep low profile. This is good though, but sometimes that also leads to a very low self-esteem. Well, this isn’t the right thing! Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech reminds us who we are. We are children of God. Our playing small doesn’t serve the world. The glory of God is in us. And let that glory shine, let the light shine this world and free ourselves from fear. Because, once again, we’re the children of God, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!

"Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
--- Isaiah 60:1

Saturday, June 13, 2009

TOTD, June 13-14

Good Times, Bad Times

Good times, bad times gimme some of that
Good times, bad times gimme some of that
Good times, bad times gimme some of that
Ooh woo ooh
(Edie Brickell’s song, Good Times from the year 1994)

This isn’t a new song. But, it’s an easy listening song, with a nice tune, and easy lyrics as well. But it reminds me of this life, it’s a circle of good times-bad times experience that come and go. Sometimes your days are perfect, full of beautiful flowers. But on the other time, your days are like stuck in the middle of nowhere. Don’t know where to go, don’t know what to do.

The book of Ecclesiastes reminds us to be happy when times are good, but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. So, we try not to complain when things are running wild, far from what we’ve been planned so far. Seems that everything goes wrong, but actually, life is just a set of unexpected and unpredictable things, only to find that in the end, it will bring us good as long as we stay faithful to our God who knows much much better than what we can ever think of. (-fon-)

When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
--- Ecclesiastes 7:14

He Will Never Harm You

In the middle of tragedy in your life, you might question whether God is really good. Are His Plans good for you or are they actually going to harm you? It’s kind of sad actually to think that way. But in the middle of frustration, depression, and lack of faith, this might happen.
The bible reminds us that even though an evil, he/she knows how to give good gifts to his/her children. So, how much more will our Abba Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?

Sometimes, we’re judging everyone easily. And it’s also applies the same when we judge God, especially when things are going out of control. But, hey…! He’s our Creator, He will never harm You! This thing should never cross our mind. He loves us so much, it’s just we haven’t understand His loving-kindness yet… But time will tell, it will show that He’s good, He only plans good things in our life. (-fon-)

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
--- Luke 11:13

Thursday, June 11, 2009

TOTD, June 12


I can think of no better way of redeeming this tragic world today than love and laughter. Too many of the young have forgotten how to laugh, and too many of the elders have forgotten how to love. Would not our lives be lightened if only we could all learn to laugh more easily at ourselves and to love one another?
- Theodore M. Hesburgh

Lots of people say that laughter is the best medicine. And referring to what Theodore M. Hersburgh says, this tragic world needs redeemers and the best redeemers are love and laughter. Two things that we’ve forgotten. The book of Psalm reminds us that the Lord has done great things. That’s why we need to fill our mouth with laughter and our tongues with songs of joy. So, keep on your happy mood alive and put a smiling face today, full of laughter to embrace a new day…

Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them."
--- Psalm 126:2

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

TOTD, June 11

No Ear Has Perceived, No Eye Has Seen

Child: Mommy, can you read me a story?
Mommy: Sure my dear, but not now.
Child: Mommy, did you know that I got an "A" in my test?
Mommy: What did you say? Sorry I am not listening.
Child: Mommy, Is God male or female?
Mommy: Sorry honey, I am tired. Mommy wants to go to bed.
Child: (whispers) ... I wish I have a mommy.
(Child's Wish, A by: Willy M. Samson, SJ)

An interesting story that happens frequently in our life. The child will surely be disappointed because his beloved mother doesn’t have enough time for him. And now the problem is more complex, because some Mommies are also very attached to their internet networking sites and handphones which steal more time from their lovely children. Our parents can disappoint us, as a mother/father we can also disappoint our kids. But, Our Abba Father, Our God, will never disappoint us (if only we know that whatever happens is actually the best in His Plans for us). Since ancient time until future time, He is faithful. No one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides Him who acts on behalf of those who wait on Him. Put your trust in Him. (-fon-)

Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
--- Isaiah 64:4

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

TOTD, June 10

Life As Jars of Clay

I ‘ve watched The Biggest Loser, a weight-loss reality show. It shows how the contestants need to do everything they could to get the biggest decline in their weight. They do everything, mostly exercises in the gym and watch their diet closely to lose their weight. To stay in shape really needs extra efforts and sometimes its process is really tiring and painful. But it will be paid off, the biggest loser will be crowned as the winner.

Imagine your life as jars of clay. You need to experience a lot of things, some of them are very painful, in order to make yourself a nice-shaped jars. So, if problems come, they’re expected, since the shaping process needs to face those adversities. Life has never been easy, but it’s our choice to stay in shape in order to find the treasure in the jars of clay, only to find that: this all-surpassing power is from God, and not from us. (-fon-)

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us
--- 2 Corinthians 4:7

Monday, June 8, 2009

TOTD, June 09

God Provides Us Everything

Madam Zalina Abdul Gani was 38 when her husband died of cancer in 1999. Left with three children, then age five, seven, and 10, the grief-stricken widow slipped into a deep depression. She would just lie in bed, hardly able to get up or take care of household chores such as cooking and cleaning. Her youngest child, Asyraf, was allowed by his school, from the age of nine, to stay at home so he could help with the chores. For five years, the teachers took his lessons to him.
Not long after her husband’s death, Madam Zalina lost her job as an administrative clerk at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, her savings dried up and the bills snowballed. For six years, she lived in melancholy as government aid paid for the schooling of her two sons and daughter. Neighbours helped by giving the family food. “ Sometimes they gave us a fish, sometimes vegetables. But most days, we just ate plain rice with tomato ketchup or chili,” said the 48-year-old of her darkest days between 1999 and 2004. Now, back on her feet, Madam Zalina said she could not haved done it without the government aid she and her children received… ( The Straits Times, Monday, June 08, 2009)

As I read Madam Zalina’s life story, I felt a deep sympathy for her. For the loss of her husband, for the loss of her job, for the depression that came after all the problems on her. And her children, needed to take care of the house chores, but they survived! Sometimes, we’re just too easy to complain, i.e: what we eat, etc, but when we saw that Madam Zalina’s family only ate with chili or tomato ketchup, we should feel blessed and thankful for the food that we eat and not waste it.
For those who are rich, the bible reminds them to stay humble, never be arrogant or put their hope in wealth, because it is so uncertain. Put the hope in the Lord. He will provide us everything we need. Yes, He will provide us everything but it’s more joyful if only we can share with other people surround us. And for those who has ‘more’ let’s share with people who have ‘less’ like Madam Zalina’s family. (-fon-)

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
--- 1 Timothy 6:17

Sunday, June 7, 2009

TOTD, June 08

Obstacles vs Faithfulness

Here’s another story taken from Lee Ryan Miller’s writings:

In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many others never understand. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one's condition. (The Obstacle in Our Path by Lee Ryan Miller).

Sometimes, we’re just too scared of the obstacles without realizing that we can learn something or even might be able to improve our condition. And more importantly, if God has already promised His Faithfulness in every stage of our life, should we still be scared? If you don’t trust yourself, at least you should’ve put your trust in God in handling obstacles in your life. (-fon-)

For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
--- Psalm 57:10

Saturday, June 6, 2009

TOTD, June 07

Say a Prayer

I was taking my usual morning walk when a garbage truck pulled up beside me. I thought the driver was going to ask for directions. Instead, he showed me a picture of a cute little five-year-old boy.
"This is my grandson, Jeremiah," he said. "He's on a life-support system at a Phoenix hospital."
Thinking he would next ask for a contribution to his hospital bills, I reached for my wallet. But he wanted something more than money.
He said, "I'm asking everybody I can to say a prayer for him. Would you say one for him, please?"
I did. And my problems didn't seem like much that day. (Lee Ryan Miller/ Say a Prayer)

We could never have imagined the power of prayer. And if someone asks us to pray like what Lee Ryan Miller encountered that day, I’m sure he’ll be more than happy to do it. I believe that prayer will have a double effect, firstly is for the person that we’ve been praying of, and secondly, for ourselves as we’ll grow in maturity of faith as we pray. And hopefully, problems didn’t seem much that day, that week, that month, that year... Because we believe that prayer has the power to change anything! (-fon-)

Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to the words of my mouth.
--- Psalm 54:2

Friday, June 5, 2009

TOTD, June 06

Prison Break

My favorite serial is back. It’s Prison Break season 4. The story itself is about a brother who’s helping the elder brother to escape from one prison after another, because they’re being trapped in a conspiracy of homicide of the Vice President’s brother. And the story goes on and on…

As God’s children, we’re also trapped in some prisons, i.e: prison of fear-worry-anxiety, prison of drug-free sex-pornography, prison of anger, etc. Things that made us stay in sins without knowing how to set ourselves free. But as what is written in Luke which derived from the book of Isaiah, Isaiah will come to set the prisoners free. Jesus came to our life to set us free. He came to proclaim freedom for the prisoners like us, He is able to do everything to make us break our own prisons in this life. The only question is: will you let him to do that? (-fon-)

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor
--- Luke 4:18-19

Thursday, June 4, 2009

TOTD, June 05

Dealing with The Loss

It was a tragic end for Brazilian plastic surgeon Roberto Correa Chem, 66, and his family. Accompanied by his wife, Vera Chem, a psychologist, and their daughter, Leticia Chem, 36, a manager at telecommunication company Oi, the three had boarded Air France Flight 447 at Rio de Janeiro to fly to Paris. The family is missing after the plane went down over the Atlantic early this week with 228 passengers and crew on board. The Brazilians have spotted debris strewn along the ocean and have sent rescue ships to the area. (The Strait Times, 4th of June, 2009).

Again, life is unpredictable. What they thought would be a perfect holiday in Paris, became a mourning. The plane went down over the Atlantic. I feel sad and send my deepest condolence to all the people inside the plane and their families who must’ve felt a great loss.
All we need to do is just believe that Jesus has already prepared the place for them, for the ones that we loved but already left us. Jesus said, “ In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.”
Just trust Him that He will take care of each of the victims and also each of our loved ones that has already passed away. (-fon-)

In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.You know the way to the place where I am going."
--- John 14:2-4

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

TOTD, June 04

Suffering and Perseverance

Here’s a short story of Colonel Sanders, where KFC came from:
Colonel Sanders went to more than 1,000 places trying to sell his chicken recipe before he found an interested buyer. The fact that we can buy Kentucky Fried Chicken today attests to his perseverance.

It’s not too late to develop such a character in this life. We need to develop perseverance in order to make ourselves a better person. And hopefully, whatever hardship that we’re facing right now, we won’t lose hope, because we know that every suffering will produce perseverance. (-fon-)

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
--- Romans 5:3-4

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

TOTD, June 03


"Every word, every image used for God is a distortion more than a description."
"Then how does one speak of God?"
"Through Silence."
"Why, then, do you speak in words?"
At that the Master laughed uproariously He said, "When I speak, you mustn't listen to the words, my dear. Listen to the Silence." (Title: Comprehension by Anthony de Mello, SJ).

Sometimes, we talk too much. Even in prayer, we talk too much. Requesting this and that, complaining this and that, without realizing that the main wisdom only comes from silence. Let’s start a silent prayer as well, listen to the silence, listen to Him. (-fon-)

But if not, then listen to me;
be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.
--- Job 33:33

Monday, June 1, 2009

TOTD, June 02

Black and Gold Boxes

I have in my hands two boxes
Which God gave me to hold
He said, "Put all your sorrows in the black,
And all your joys in the gold."
I heeded his words, and in the two boxes
Both my joys and sorrows I store
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 aloud,
"I wonder where my sorrows could be."
He smiled a gentle smile at me.
"My child, they're all here with me."
I asked, "God, why give 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."
(Author: Unknown ; Source:

Let’s count our blessings int the gold box of our life and let’s let go of our sorrows. His blessings are countless! (-fon-)

It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.
--- Psalm 133:3

TOTD, June 01

The Wonders You Have Done

Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle was dealt an unexpected blow when she lost out to a group of young street dancers in the final of the British talent show that made her a global star.
(yahoo news)

Quite a similar story was also happened around 10 days ago, when Kris Allen was crowned the American Idol. He has beaten judges’ favorite Adam Lambert (and many people’s favorite as well).

What if that happens to us? What if the best in our plan is eventually ‘only’ the second best in this world? What if we’ve tried so hard to achieve something, only to find that we’re not the best. There’s someone who is better than us. Should we be disappointed? At that point of time, YES we might be disappointed so much, but then if we think further, we’ll realize that it’s God’s best plan for us. Even though the world thinks it’s 2nd best, it’s the best that we could, it’s the best in His Plan for us. And it’s not the end of the world, in many cases, there are more popular Idol’s singer than the winner itself. Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, and I’m sure Susan Boyle and Adam Lambert will be on the list.

God’s plan is different from ours, but it’s definitely the best plan that we can get. Just trust Him and try to accept everything as it is. He knows better than us.

Many, O LORD my God,
are the wonders you have done.
The things you planned for us
no one can recount to you;
were I to speak and tell of them,
they would be too many to declare.
--- Psalm 40:5