Do not afraid.
Set aside what age, knowledge and experience have long conspired to fill your mind and in so doing, killed off your childlike wonderment.
Where once you expect to see just another flower,
A delightful bouquet yet grows before you,
to refresh your spirit and heal your senses.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.”
~ Revelations 21:1
A bouquet of different flowers growing from the same plant.
Has the law demanding “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” ever brought about a peaceful and lasting solution to any of the woes in this world?
Is it not rather in bending to mercy and forgiveness, that the law finds its true fulfilment and for man, a realisation of his nobler self?
The placard reads “Please do not lean cycles against this wall”. Cambridge, UK
“If you, LORD, keep account of sins,
Lord, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness and
so you are revered.”
~ Psalm 130:3-4
Is Faith truly opposed to Reason as some say?
For as the leaves of this plant are aligned against each other with little overlap in order to capture the most of the available sunlight,
Faith and Reason come together from seemingly opposed ends to enlighten our minds and hearts.
While Reason is the foundation upon which Faith is built,
Faith yields the context within which Reason evolves beyond mere logic and finally acquires real meaning.
“I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe.”
~ St Augustine of Hippo
Ever adept, man has learnt to manipulate the physical world, even the nuts and bolts that hold the double helix of his own DNA together.
But what are the nuts and bolts needed to restore his soul, and indeed to make it one in harmony with his body?
What are these essentials in the spiritual toolbox?
• Prayer and Almsgiving •
“Pray without ceasing.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17
“… give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.”
~ Luke 11:41
“But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”
~ Matthew 6:3-4
The (DNA) Helix Bridge, Marina Bay, Singapore
The sky may be the limit but surely, that is short of inspiring when one is a citizen of heaven.
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body …”
~ Philippians 3:20-21
The Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world, Dubai UAE.
Is it so small a thing
To have enjoyed the sun,
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved,
To have thought,
To have done?
~ Matthew Arnold
Count your gardens by the flowers，
Never by leaves that fall.
Count your days by golden hours,
Don’t remember the clouds at all.
Count your nights by stars, not shadows.
Count your life with smiles, not tears.
And with joy on every birthday,
Count your age by friends, not years.
~ Unknown Author