Monday, January 19, 2015

若無仁愛 - Without Love

   Without love, there is no life
   Without life, there is no you
   Without you, there is no I...

God thought for a few long moments before He began his actions with His spoken words:

  He created the light out of the darkness
  He created the heaven and the earth
  The sun and the moon, the stars and the water
  The fish, birds and animal of all sorts
  And the human beings with His breath of life into them
  And into you and I ...

His words became the deeds.
And the world appeared.

Long before and after the rainbow that God had left His signature of forgiveness to human beings,
On the sky among the pure cotton-like clouds,
He keeps on whispering, "I love you. And you. And you. I always will.”  

He had even clothed Adam and Eve the first piece of human garments – out of the skins of animals - while they were on their way out from the Garden of Eden into their world.

God had been with them since.

And then the Word became Flesh - in Jesus. 

God has been with us ever since…

You see, it is not about when the universe was created; 
Not about how big this universe has been expending; 
It is all about how much that God loves us.
In spite of our failures... 
From the very beginning.  

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

捉迷藏 - The Game We Play

Almost all kids play a game called Hide and Seek where a ghost(seeker) counted from 1 through 10 and began to look for those who were hiding behind the trees, fence or just about in the shade of any furniture.  

It would be fun either way: to be found and became the next ghost(seeker), or stayed invisible as long as the game went.

Sometimes I think that we may play the exact Hide and Seek game with God too.  We try to stay in the shadow of the self center and eventually and completely lost in a way that not only we have no idea where we are, God the seeker seemed to be lost in locating us as well.

And we seemed to quit the game we play with God and not telling Him that we are done with the game already. 
Have we not? 

Thus God has been left in the shadow (behind the game) and we walked away without even saying good bye to Him.

And when God sent His Son Jesus looking for us, we acted as if He is a stranger and has been unwelcome after all anyway.

I wonder how many of us (and how often) we play with God sincerely and honestly and stay in the game as long as we ever walk on the earth?

How could God be not lonely?
How could God be not missing you and me? 

And when God is lonely, so are we.  

Perhaps that is why we built so many idols/playmates/shadows actually and virtually in our life time and still feel lonely after all.

Not to mention that in most of our prayers, we talk too much and listen too little...

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Where it all began...

As a World Church Fellow, I began my theological journey to Chicago in the summer of 1972.

I remember that very first Christmas I spent - being away from my home over the Pacific Ocean -  doing some Christmas carols at the Hyde Park by the campus of the University of Chicago - very cold. 

At one time, I was asked to do a solo of the Silent Night in Taiwanese. How interesting of that conductor - who was a professor of the New Testament. My eyes were quickly filled with tears, while my voice was cracked and my heart was graceful.

At the spring break of '73, I joined a few of my classmates to a then new musical called the Godspell in downtown Chicago.  It was a contemporary musical based on the stories of Jesus according to the Gospel of Matthew. 

Near the end of the play, after the Crucifixion, the actors who played the disciples of Jesus, carried the body of Jesus, left the stage, dramatically walking into the audience, singing "Lone Live God!

But what I heard first was different. Very different indeed. You could say that due to my poor English, my hearing, or both. But it sounded to me as they marched and sang was "Lonely God!"  

And it struck me ever since - the theme of the lonely God. 

From the very first story of the Old Testament throughout the history of the Christian Church - Has God not been lonely most of the time? 

Who cared what God said or did? The loving covenant of God often repeated again and again as if He is only making noise and who actually listened or cared?

God was, is and always will be.

Without us, God was, is and always will be lonely too...  

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