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Advent Word, Day 20 ‘prepare’

Day 20: #prepare #預備 Friday December 18

‘We have just days to get ready for Christmas and there is a lot to do. But the most important thing is that only you can say ‘yes’ to God. Only you can build that temple in your heart where the one whom the heavens cannot contain may dwell’.

聖誕佳節,我們有好多天可先行預備,卻有好多事要做。其中,最重要的就是,親自向上帝說:「是!」唯有你本人,才能在自己心中建立起聖殿,讓「天地之大,猶不足以容納」的那位,可進來住。

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‪‎Thanks be to God ~ the occupancy permit for our new Advent Church Centre has finally been granted!  The next step is all the interior fittings.  Lots and lots to prepare ~ ‪‎pray 4 us‬!

Advent Word, Day 19 ‘desire’

Day 19: #desire #渴望 Thursday December 17

‘The kingdom of God is a peaceable kingdom, a transformed society in which each member is valued and treated with dignity. The weak and the strong live together in harmony, each caring for the other. There is no true peace without justice. We are not only to desire this peace, but to work for it’.

上帝的國喜愛和平。那是一個已轉型的社會,其成員個個受重視、有尊嚴;弱者與強者和睦相處,彼此照顧。而沒有正義,就沒有真正的和平。我們不僅渴望真正的和平,也願意為這和平付出心力。

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Sometimes even just a chicken nugget can satisfy our deepest desire!

Advent Word, Day 18 ‘invite’

Day 18: #invite #邀請 Wednesday December 16

‘As we approach the Christmas season, think of someone in your own life who is sad, or lonely, or hurting, and pledge to say or do something to help bring God’s healing love into their lives. Invite them for a coffee, or a meal. Pay them a visit. Phone them. Show them that they are not alone’.

聖誕節期即將來臨,想想,在自己的生活圈,有誰正陷於傷心、寂寞、或痛苦中?有這樣的人,就盡量幫助他吧!設法將上帝醫治的愛帶進他們生命中。或登門拜訪,或電話連絡。邀請他們喝杯咖啡,或吃一頓飯,讓他們知道他們並非孤單一人。

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Yes, you can even invite them for chicken nuggets! ‪ St. John’s University Christmas Bazaar at lunchtime today ~ in aid of St. Francis’ Care Home, Yilan (‪‎宜蘭聖方濟老人長期照護中心)‬

Advent Word, Day 17 ‘listen’

Day 17: #listen #聆聽 Tuesday December 15

‘God calls us to emotional honesty with ourselves and others, and we can best find that disposition through intentional relationship with God. In the humility of silence, we can hear the voice which says, “I cannot be the God I truly am without being fully in relationship with you.”’

上帝呼召我們以真誠對待自己和他人。而有心跟神緊密連結的人,最能尋見那真誠的性格特質了。誠然,在沉靜謙遜中,我們聽見一種聲音,說:「我是上帝,我要與你有完全的連結,否則,我就不是真神!」

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Great lunchtime music at St. John’s University ~ a big must-listen!

Advent Word, Day 16 ‘accept’

Day 16: #accept #接受 Monday December 14

‘The real quest for our prayer is to learn to pray our lives, and that kind of praying both begins and ends in an acknowledgment: we know our life is not our own but belongs to God; it’s not in our control and it’s not on our own time’.

我們禱告所追求的,是學會為生活、生命而祈禱。這樣的祈禱,不但從感謝開始,也以感恩作結:我們深知,自己的生命屬於上帝,並非自己所能掌控;而這一生的時間,也不全然歸自己所有。

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Ah yes, Snoopy ~ taken at Miramar Cinemas, Taipei on Saturday….

‘Yesterday I was a dog. Today I am a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There’s so little hope for enhancement…..’

‘Be yourself. No one can say you’re doing it wrong…..’

‘My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?’

Ah yes, Snoopy ~ the epitome of someone just trying to accept himself!

Advent Word, Day 15 ‘wonder’

Day 15: #wonder #驚奇 Sunday December 13, Third Sunday of Advent

‘It is remarkable that the world is, that we are here, that we can experience it. Open your eyes to see it, your ears to hear it, your hands to touch it – and be amazed! Everyday!’

精彩的是,這兒有世界,也有我們,而我們正好可以體驗世界。何不進一步用眼睛看、用耳朵聽,又用手來觸摸呢?只要用心領會,隨時隨地都充滿驚奇!

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Celebrating the Third Sunday of Advent at Advent Church this morning!

Advent Word, Day 14 ‘wait’

Day 14: #wait #等候 Saturday December 12

‘We can actually bring into being what we are waiting for, what we envision for the future. The future Kingdom breaks into the present through our work to bring about justice and peace and well-being for all people. So Christian waiting does not need to be passive; it can be active, creative–animated by Christ’s love; guided by Christ’s creative wisdom and Spirit’.

我們所等候的,將會來臨;所憧憬的,也會實現。未來的國度,因為我們「秉持正義、和平,促進全民福祉」的努力,就會變成現在。因此,基督徒的等候未必是消極被動,倒可以很積極主動、創意十足。這是基督之愛賦予生命,由基督聖靈的創意智慧所引導的結果。

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The world is waiting ~ for ‎Star Wars , coming everywhere very soon!

Photo taken at Miramar Cinemas, Neihu, Taipei this afternoon!

Advent Word, Day 13 ‘shine’

Day 13: #shine #發光 Friday December 11

‘Jesus tells us that: ‘You are the light of the world.” It is with the lamp of our lives lived well that we will herald the coming of the Lord when he returns at the end of time. So how brightly do your lamps burn? How brightly does your life shine?’

耶穌告訴我們:「你是世上的光。」到那末了,當主再來的時候,人們能夾道歡呼祂的到來,乃是憑著光明的生命之燈。試問,你的燈是否熠熠發光?你的生命是否光彩照人呢?

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Winter in ‪Taiwan, en route to ‪Taoyuan International Airport last Sunday early morning!

Advent Word, Day 12 ‘dare’

Day 12: #dare #敢於 Thursday December 10

‘If life seems dark to you just now, you are not alone in the dark. In God there is no darkness at all. Only light. Dare to open your eyes and you will become accustomed to the light’.

如果你覺得此刻生命黯然無光,請了解,黑暗之中你並不孤單。有上帝同在,必能驅趕一切黑暗,只留光明。而你,敢於睜開眼睛,才能習慣於光明。

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Bishop Lai preparing to serve very very special 50-year-old Oolong Tea to his guests last night. Who amongst us would dare to think we deserved such an honour?!

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Day 9: #be #存在 Monday December 7

‘Contentment is more about being than about doing, or acquiring, or mastering, or craving, or searching. Contentment is about being satisfied given the limitations of our present life’.

知足與其說是一種作為、養成、主控、渴求、或探究,不如說是一種存在。

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And now for the verb ‘to be’ ~ ‘I am, you are, he /she is, we are, they are, everyone is, all are’… here at ‪‎TanShirt‬ Workshop English Class, outreach of ‪‎Advent Church‬…

Day 10: #surprise #驚訝 Tuesday December 8

‘This season of Advent invites us to look and listen for Jesus. Look and listen for the unexpected’.

降臨節期,我們受邀同來注視耶穌、聆聽耶穌。且讓我們真的看見和聽到,那超乎預期的人、事、物!

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Taken outside the National Theater, Taipei!

Day 11: #ask #要求 Wednesday December 9

‘Waiting is a time to prepare the way of the Lord. It is a time to look at our feet, to see where we are, and to be present there. It is a time to examine our lives: to ask ourselves what we want, what we hope for, what we may need to let go of, and to take it to God in prayer’.

等候,是為了預備主的道路。這是審視自己的腳步,明白此刻身在何處的一段時間。在這段時間,我們自我檢查,問自己想要什麼、盼望什麼,又得捨棄什麼,然後藉由禱告,將這一切交託於上帝之手。

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Photo taken a few weeks ago in Matsu Islands…