Prayer

Father God, please take away this anger in me. Help me to love those whom you love. Help me to love and be forgiving to the people around me. In Jesus’ most precious and holy name, I pray, Amen.

God knows..

Saw this image that a friend shared on Facebook today..

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and after reflecting a little on those words, I thought of how wrong it all was..so I decided to make some changes to the image, and came up with this:

God knows

haha, I was bored, but..hope this encourages someone today 🙂

Bored

I’ve been feeling really, really bored the past few days! It got so bad that last night, I actually had a random itch to do math problem sums LOL and I even entertained the thought of going down to Popular and buying a math assessment book. Something wrong with me hahaha!

But seriously though..I think this has got to do with my life on the ship heh. Before going on the ship, I know I could have done what I’m doing now and not have a problem with it..like I can nua and laze in bed all day doing nothing for weeks and not be bored. But life on the ship was always so fast paced..there was something to do all the time. From working, to going out to do ministry, or even the many community events we have at night/during sailing. After having that kind of lifestyle for 3 months, it seems harder to just nua and do nothing at home lol..time to look for a job..meh.

 

Why?

PARIS (AFP/REUTERS) – French warplanes pounded the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) stronghold in Syria’s Raqa on Sunday, destroying a command post and a training camp, the defence ministry said.

In its first air strike against IS since the string of deadly Paris attacks claimed by ISIS, 12 warplanes, including 10 fighter bombers, dropped 20 bombs on the targets.

“The first target destroyed was used by Daesh (another Arabic acronym for ISIS) as a command post, jihadist recruitment centre and arms and munitions depot. The second held a terrorist training camp,” a ministry statement said.

The planes left from Jordan and the United Arab Emirates and was conducted in coordination with American forces, the ministry said.

The raids were the biggest in Syria to date by France targeting the ISIS stronghold in Raqa just two days after the group claimed coordinated attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people, the defence ministry said.

“The raid … including 10 fighter jets, was launched simultaneously from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Twenty bombs were dropped,” the statement said, adding that the mission had taken place this evening.

French President Francois Hollande on Saturday blamed the Islamic State group for the gun and suicide attacks that left at least 132 dead in Paris on Friday, calling them an “act of war”.

As I read this article on my FB feed, and the stream of comments below it, I can’t help but feel deeply saddened. And I asked, “Why?” Is this just so that they can make a point? A statement? Exactly how many more people have to be sacrificed?

What has our world come to…?

#prayforourworld

Let us pray, not just for France, but also for Beirut (Lebanon) and Baghdad. These two countries had also experienced terror attacks just the day before the bombings and attacked happened in Paris…but they were not reported widely in the news. What makes these countries any less worthy of our prayers?

Let us pray, not just for France, but for the civil war that is still happening in Syria, where 12 million Syrians (half of which are children) have fled their homes due to conflict. Where winter is approaching, but they do not have proper shelters or clothing to protect themselves from the weather. What makes them any less worthy of our prayers?

Let us pray, not just for France, but for the world. We are living in a world where sin and corruption is abundant. Where people, with the poor excuse of religion, have no qualms about murdering and killing other people. We pray for the victims, why do we not pray for the attackers too? Are they any less of a human being than us? Are they less worthy of our prayers?

I’ve honestly been quite shaken from reading the news from the past couple of days. Mostly because i have a friend in Paris. A friend that I’ve made during my time onboard Logos Hope. Yesterday when I woke up, I opened my email and the first thing I saw was an email from a friend from our STEP programme, asking about the safety of this friend from Paris. I was stunned, and had no idea what was going on. After catching myself up with the news, I started praying for my friend, that she would be safe, and for the people in Paris, that God would bring comfort to them. When the email from our friend finally came, updating us that she was alright and had gotten home before the attacks happened, I was filled with relief. And as I scrolled through Facebook and Instagram, I saw people posting hashtags and adding a filter to their profile pictures in support of France. After awhile, other articles surfaced, articles about Beirut and Baghdad and how they had also experienced the same terror attacks, but were not reported widely in mainstream media. And I felt guilty, guilty that I had only cared about France because I had a friend there. And then I realised that in the past, I hadn’t really cared about reports such as this..simply because it did not affect me personally. And immediately I felt guilty and selfish.

Father, I pray for everything that is happening in the world right now. Father we do not know, and will probably never know why you have allowed such horrible things to happen, why so many innocent people are being killed. But Father, we trust that it is all under your control, and that you have allowed them to happen for a reason. Father, you have created us, and loved us, loved us enough to send your only Son to die on the cross for our sis. You love us enough to give us free will, only for us to turn against each other and commit crimes against each other. I’m sorry Lord. Father I pray for the people in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, Syria and other cities and countries I may not know about, I pray that the people will find comfort in you Lord, that they will place their hope in you Lord. I pray for protection over them against any other attacks. And Lord, for the people who have committed these acts, I pray that you will somehow open their eyes, so that they may see that what they are doing is wrong, that they may see that what they believe in is wrong. I pray that we will stop playing the blame game, that we will stop looking at each other with prejudiced lenses, and stop blaming any particular group of people for what is happening, But that instead, we will use this opportunity to come together and unite as your people. 

Lord my words are inadequate in expressing my thoughts and feelings, and my mind is muddled. I do not know how else to pray. But Lord, in all, Your will be done. 

How Great is our God

One of the songs that really moved me during my time on Logos Hope. Was (Is) really amazing to worship with so many different languages, praising the same God 🙂

[Hindi – Sung by Dilip Kurian]
Aaahhhh…

[English – sung by Chris Tomlin]
The splendor of a King, Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice, all the earth rejoice

[Indonesian – sung by Sidney Mohede]
Terang-Nya bersinar (The splendor of the King)
Kegelapan t’lah sirna (Clothed in majesty)
Sujudlah pada-Nya (Let all the earth rejoice)
Sujudlah pada-Nya (all the earth rejoice)

[Russian – Sung by Roma Kasevich]
Наш Бог так велик! (Nash Bog Tak Velik) [How great is our God]
Пой со мной (Poi tso Mnoi) [Sing with me]
Наш Бог так велик! (Nash Bog Tak Velik) [How great is our God]
Пусть видят все (Pust vidyat vse) [And all will see]
Наш Бог, наш Бог, так велик! (Nash Bog, Nash Bog, Tak Velik) [How great, how great is our God]

Age to age he stands, And time is in his hands
Beginning and the end, Beginning and the end

[Spanish – Sung by Marcos Witt & Portuguese – Sung by Ferhandinho]
Los tres en uno son, La santa trinidad (The three in one, the Holy Trinity)
Cordero y el león, Cordero y el león (The Lamb and the Lion, the Lamb and the Lion)
Cuan grande es mi Dios (Quão grande é o meu Deus) [How great is our God]
cantemos, Cuan grande es mi Dios (Sing, How great is our God)
Y todos lo verán, Cuan grande es mi Dios (everyone will see how great is our God)

[Zulu – Directed by Victor Masondo and sung by the Zulu Choir]
Name above all names,
Nkosi yamakhosi, Baba (King of all Kings, Father)
Worthy of our praise
Sithi uyingcwele, Baba (We say you are Holy, Father)
My heart will sing, how great is our God

You are the name above all names
Somandla Somandla, Baba (Almighty, Almighty Father)
You are worthy of our praise
Somandla Somandla, Baba (Almighty, Almighty Father)
My heart will sing, how great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, How great is our God

How great is our God, How great is our God
How great is our God, How great is our God
How great, How great is our God (Repeat)

[Zulu]Yebo Nkosi yethu (Yes our King)

[Chinese(Mandarin) – Sung by Jing Hir]
我神真伟大 wo shen zhen wei da (How great is my God)
歌颂祢聖名 ge song ni shen ming (Singing to Your Name)
真伟大 zhen wei da (Really great)
全地都看见 quan di dou kan jian (Everyone sees)
我神真伟大 wo shen zhen wei da (How great is my God)

In the Secret

In the secret, in the quiet place
In the stillness you are there
In the secret, in the quiet hour
I wait only for you
Cause I want to know you more

I want to know you
I want to hear your voice
I want to know you more

I want to touch you
I want to see your face
I want to know you more

I am reaching for the highest goal
That I might receive the prize
Pressing onward, pushing every hindrance aside
Out of my way
Cause I want to know you more