So excited to be finally singing my favourite hymn tomorrow at care group.
I remember when I was in Florida for thanksgiving break on exchange in 2012, and I totally didn’t plan with the people I was on the trip with to go to the city (Ft. Lauderdale) to visit a church there, but we happened to be there on a Sunday anyway. When I reached Coral Ridge Presbyterian, they happened to sing In Christ Alone, my favourite song and hymn EVER, and I remember feeling I was exactly where I was supposed to be at that time. Just couldn’t explain that feeling and it was one of the best feelings of my life.
I really love every single lyric of this song and couldn’t find a nice enough graphic for it so I did a quick and simple one.
This is the first verse, where I got the lyrics from:
In Christ alone, my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all
here in the love of Christ I stand
While I was singing the song throughout the day I also thought about how Singapore is experiencing this super dry spell where all the grass is slowly dying and becoming brown and really dry. It’s kinda sad. It’s also worrying thinking about how the water we always take for granted could be in short supply because of this drought.
Then I’m reminded that Christ is the solid ground even through the fiercest drought that we’re experiencing. Though everywhere around us may be experiencing dryness and lack, may we always have supply and not feel the heat!
In Christ alone, my hope is indeed found.
"We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free. "
"But if you look at the people who are consistently achieving their goals, you start to realize that it’s not the events or the results that make them different. It’s their commitment to the process. They fall in love with the daily practice, not the individual event. What’s funny, of course, is that this focus on the process is what will allow you to enjoy the results anyway. "
The reason why I read lots of books on any and every topic and the reason why I always love to see things from other people’s perspectives
"Not everyone thinks the way you think, knows the things you know, believes the things you believe, nor acts the way you would act. Remember this and you will go a long way in getting along with people. "
I’m reading this for 2014 and I really like 9th January’s entry so I wanted to put it up here.
Genesis 3:15 (ESV)
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.
What theologians call the “Fall” of Adam and Eve is the Bible’s origin for brokenness in the world. In the mystery of the Fall, the desire to be like God takes hold of the hearts of men and women. The serpent convinces them they need only themselves; all they must to is turn from him and in on themselves. Thus, here in the first three chapters of the Bible, after the Fall, the need for and purpose of Christ is brought to bear (Gal 4:4).
The bible describes God as jealous for people (Zech 1:14, 8:2). He is the curiously hot-pursuing lover of sinners, harlots, and tax collectors. He is the persistent wooer of those He lost in the garden, those shepherdess sheep. The Undersirables of this world are the apple of His eye. The weak ones the world rejects, He embraces.
And this promise is for you and me. He crushes the evil on on our behalf—the Hebrew promise means, “to crush, or to batter.” While we inherit the Fall’s curse, God promises to strike the fatal blow upon our enemy, which He accomplishes on the cross for us. While serving as our atonement, the cross, too, is the death-dealing strike against the forces of hell.
The story starts here: this is the beginning of God’s hot-blooded pursuit of His dissolute people. But the cross is the great exchange; there Jesus steals our identity as sinners and defends us from the hopelessness of hell. He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). The cornerstone that crushes the work of the evil on, Jesus Christ obscures and defeats the schemes of the devil in his death and resurrection, and he has purchased you for himself.
—Matthew McCormick, The Mockingbird Devotional: Good News for Today (and Every Day)
Beautifully written and brimming with truth. So glad I made the effort to get this shipped in.
Palestinian school boys light candles during a protest against the severe fuel cuts that lead to power shortages in the Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza Strip. Photograph: Mohammed Talatene