In Remembrance of Me

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And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”  Luke 22:19-20  (NIV)

By Renee

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My Fair Lady

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I don’t even know why i bought this climber from the supermarket. All i know is that i was attracted to its beautiful white petals, so simple and pure.  Only today did i discover that it is named My Fair Lady!

What an unexpected lesson from the Lord to me about a simple plant – to keep myself pure and to keep reaching up heavenwards.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence

or take your Holy Spirit from me.”   Psalm 51:10-11  (NIV)

By Renee

Ever wandering, ever restless

Time passes quickly. We are already half way through the Lent period. My job was reduced (from full time to part time) and my salary too!  But I thank God that I still have a job and some extra time to spend with my family as well as time to prepare for Easter.

We saw this pair of Lemurs at close range at the zoo. They reminded me of the times when I turned away from God and my family. Ever wandering, ever restless.

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Israel, come back to the Lord your God;
your iniquity was the cause of your downfall.
Provide yourself with words
and come back to the Lord.     Hosea 14:2

May the Lord, in His victory over sin and death, grant us the spirit of repentance and sincerity in turning our hearts back to God. Amen.       By Ben

Above All

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For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is His love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

so far has He removed our transgressions from us.     Psalm 103:11-12  (NIV)

Heaven on earth!?  That’s what i thought when someone showed me some old photos of Huangshan in China. Who could create such an incredibly beautiful and heavenly place on earth?

Well, only God could.

By Renee

Transient Sunset

I am a morning person and am not fond of dusk except for the beauty of the sunset. It is as if God is playing a slow motion video in the sky, with transient colours by the minutes. Just like this one taken near the seaport – it was breathtaking but did not last.

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Nevertheless, regardless of my preference, I shall thank and praise the Lord for every moment and everything. For one day my senses may not be good enough to appreciate the people and things around me.       By Ben

From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the LORD is to be praised.  Ps113:3

His Death, Our Life

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“Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow
which was brought upon me,
which the Lord inflicted on the day of his fierce anger.

O my people, O my Church,
What have I done to you,
or in what have I offended you?
Testify against me.
I led you forth from the land of Egypt,
and delivered you by the waters of baptism,
but you have prepared a cross for your Saviour.

I led you through the desert forty years,
and fed you with manna.
I brought you through tribulation and penitence,
and gave you my body, the bread of heaven,
but you have prepared a cross for your Saviour.

What more could I have done for you
that I have not done?…”

By R

PS: I used a picture from a very old prayer book, meditating on the Passion of Christ, as a reference for my painting.

Eclipse of the SON

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We saw a solar eclipse here last week. The sky was clear. The time was right (and I ended up late for work). Yet all I experienced were multiple black-spots in my eyes and a normal photo of the morning sun. You might say that I was not prepared, and you are right.

That’s always the way it is in life. There are phenomenons or special occasions, but you are never prepared for it. Lent is coming to a close, Good Friday is 10 days away – and, like the Apostles 2000 years ago, I am still not prepared.

I should have stayed awake with Him, praying in the garden. I shouldn’t have run away when they arrested Him. I should not have agreed with the rest when they shouted “Crucify Him”. I should be carrying His cross instead of Simon. Too many should-haves that I should have done.

“The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” Matt 26:41

Jesus excused me long before I had any regrets. And I know that I can never be fully prepared. With His grace, I will take it one day at a time, step by step towards Calvary.

By Ben

PS: Title of post given by Renee.