Monday, March 21, 2011

Children of Lent

Have a blessed and special Monday!!.

It is been quite a while I did not write anything. I did not managed spend more time on writing due to the busyness. Yup.. work, church and social activities took over my time. Whatever it is, I’m enjoyed for everything that occupied my time hehehhee…

Time passed so fast and now we are coming to the third week of Lent and soon are Easter season. Luckily, I managed spent my time helping and ministered in Liturgy of the Word Children Retreat at BTRC last weekend. Lent is a special time when we can share the concepts of prayer and giving with our children and teach them how they might help others in need by giving of their time or resources. Lent is a time when we can teach our children to be a better person and do more things that God likes them to do and of course for us as well. The theme of ‘I Choose Jesus’ really inspired me and the children in encountering the journeys to know Him more. Hundreds kids of age 9-14 years attends the 3 days retreat, facilitated by teachers and teenagers of the children ministry.

The environment is really refreshing and gives a peace of mind to me. Woke up early in the morning with fresh air, cold and serene environment. How beautiful God’s creation! Praise Him!!

Foggy morning, cold but fresh

During the session, children have been taught about temptations of Jesus at the desert in 40 days, reflection of the prodigal son parable, verses of the bible and Station Of the Cross. I can see how the children love the stories with the reflection and songs throughout sessions. They are excited and inspired by the stories and of course an excellent presentation by the speaker!!.

The Tempatations of Jesus in a desert

The Prodigal Son

The speaker talked about the sins and relates it to the Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) tothe children and symbolizes the white clothes as our life. He placed the ashes to the clothes and taught the children and all the participants that we are sinners. Only through repentance, the ashes would go away. I loved the creative way of the speaker when he asked the children to list down the wrong things they’ve done without their name in a piece of paper and placed it at the board with the cloths dirt by ashes till end of the sessions. Apart from it, he placed ashes to our forehead throughout the day as a remembrance of the sins we are committed. Imagine we walked with the ashes throughout the days..hahahhaha.. luckily its only for 2 days.

The ashes

In the session of the reflecting the bible verses, each of the children are given one bible verse for them to read, understand and share with one another in a group. I’ve touched by one of the children in the group when he says ‘God loves children’ after reflecting his verse. When the Holy Spirit worked, nothing could stop the young children to understand the God’s words.

What is really touched me among the sessions is the Station Of the Cross session. Everybody including the small children has experienced the ‘burden’ of the cross (really heavy). One to two persons have to carry it while the prayers and songs been sung. Most of the children touched by the prayers and songs in reflecting how suffer Jesus Christ is. Some burst in tears including the facilitators. My heart and eyes full of tears watching the tears of the children.

Game on

Each group sumamrizing the understanding of The Prodigal Son parable


Presenting the findings

Concentrating on the bible verses

Look.. how focused they are

Group presentation: One of the group presenting The Prodigal Son

We are the family of closed knited into one...

I do believe our children out there need guidance and exemplary of living life in prayer after seeing the ‘sins list’.

Overall, I enjoyed my weekend although I got fever after returned to KK. It’s worth it!! lol..

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I'm a Woman


While creating woman, GOD is working over time in the day sixth.

ANGEL: Why it takes so long, MY LORD?

GOD: Have you seen each details I made while creating her? These 2 hands have to be clean, but not made from plastics. At least made from 200 parts that could move and work well for each type of food. Could guard as many children in the same time. Have hugs that could cure disappointments and agony. And everything could be done only by these two hands

ANGEL: Only by two hands?....impossible! And that is a standard model?!Ok MY LORD, I think it's enough for today, we can continue to complete it tomorrow

GOD: Oh... No, I will complete this creation today, because it's MY best creation. Moreover, she could also cure herself and could work 18 hours in a day.

Angels come closer and see her performance and look to the woman that being created by GOD.

ANGEL: But YOU made her so soft MY LORD?"

GOD: Yup.. I made her so soft. But you haven't imagined yet the power I gave, so she could solve so many problems amazingly.

ANGEL: Could she think?

GOD: Not only thinking, she could also negotiating

Those angels then touching her chin....

ANGEL: MY LORD, YOU made this creation looked tired and fragile! Seems like too much weight for her.

GOD: That's not tired or fragile....that's tears

ANGEL: What does it for?

GOD: Tears are perfect way for her to express her grief, doubt, happiness, sadness, love, loneliness, agony and pride

ANGEL: It's awesome, YOU are so genius MY LORD. YOU are thinking detailly for her; your created woman is going to be greatly very fabulous!

This woman will have power to appeal men. She could handle problem even more than man. She can save her own happiness and opinion. She can smile even though when her heart is howling. Could sing when crying. Crying when crumple, even laughing when frightened. She sacrifices herself for people she loved. Could stand up against unfairness. She does not reject to see something better. She jumps herself for her family. She takes her sick friends to the treatment.

Her love is without requirement. She is crying when seeing her son become the winner. She is so bright and cheerful seeing her friends laughing. She is so cheery when hearing a birth. Hear heart is so sad seeing someone sick and obituary. But she always has the power to overcome each of life problems. She knows that a kiss and a hug could heal up the hurts.

There is only one thing wrong with the woman: She forgets what she is WORTH.

Appreciate every woman in your/our life. Every day, every minutes not just on WOMAN DAY. She always stand her ground. Sometimes down but will stand tall again.

By the way, Happy Woman Day!! as a woman, I want to thanks to every single persons in my life because you all has showed me, how worthy I am. Time is hard and that is make how worthy journey is. God Bless you all..