Saturday, September 10, 2011

Dawkin

Gandhi on Christians

May it be




May it be an evening star
Shines down upon you
May it be when darkness falls
Your heart will be true
You walk a lonely road
Oh! How far you are from home

Mornie utúlië (darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantië (darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now

May it be the shadows call
Will fly away
May it be you journey on
To light the day
When the night is overcome
You may rise to find the sun

Mornie utúlië (darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantië (darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now

A promise lives within you now

Friday, September 9, 2011

Happy Onam

It's almost lunch time for us.  People have been calling each other and wishing, "Happy Onam."

After making elaborate plans to celebrate Onam on Sunday, due to certain events, we don't have much to celebrate - all our enthusiasm has drained off. At this point, I am recalling and chewing on our Onam memories.

Regardless, let me wish you a Happy Onam.   

It's OK to doubt


Do you sometimes worry about your faith because you find yourself questioning certain events?

Everyone has doubts. Yesterday was Mary's birthday.  Let's take a look at the virgin birth. How did Mary respond when told she was going to birth the Son of God? After the initial shock was absorbed, she immediately began to argue with an angel! Right away, she asked the Angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" That angel must have had a mighty convincing answer to that question! Mary doubted, but she then believed the Word of God through the angel.

And when Mary told this to Joseph, he didn't buy it for a minute. He knew he wasn't the father and immediately made plans to avoid Mary. Once again, it took an angel to convince him that Mary was telling the truth. Joseph doubted and then believed the Word of God through the angel.

So, if you find ourselves harboring occasional doubts, relax. You are in good company. There is no sin in doubting. We don't need angels to tell us what is happening in our lives.

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PS: I've been scratching my head on what to post today - hence the delay.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Interpretation

How the message was conveyed and described. 


How the message was interpreted and misunderstood.  


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Jesus protect me

Three wishes



Alexander the Great, after conquering many kingdoms, was returning home. On the way, he fell ill and it took him to his death bed. With death staring him in his face, Alexander realized how his conquests, his great army, his sharp sword and all his wealth were of no consequence.

He now longed to reach home to see his mother’s face and bid her his last adieu. But, he had to accept the fact that his sinking health would not permit him to reach his distant homeland. So, the mighty conqueror lay prostrate and pale, helplessly waiting to breathe his last. He called his generals and said, “I will depart from this world soon, I have three wishes, please carry them out without fail.” With tears flowing down their cheeks, the generals agreed to abide by their king’s last wishes.

“My first desire is that,” said Alexander, “My physicians alone must carry my coffin.” After a pause, he continued, “Secondly, I desire that when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury.

“The king felt exhausted after saying this. He took a minute’s rest and continued. “My third and last wish is that both my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin.” The people who had gathered there wondered at the king’s strange wishes. But no one dare bring the question to their lips.

Alexander’s favorite general kissed his hand and pressed them to his heart. “O king, we assure you that your wishes will all be fulfilled. But tell us why do you make such strange wishes?”

At this Alexander took a deep breath and said: “I would like the world to know of the three lessons I have just learnt. I want my physicians to carry my coffin because people should realize that no doctor can really cure any body. They are powerless and cannot save a person from the clutches of death. So let not people take life for granted.

The second wish of strewing gold, silver and other riches on the way to the graveyard is to tell People that not even a fraction of gold will come with me. I spent all my life earning riches but cannot take anything with me. Let people realize that it is a sheer waste of time to chase wealth.

And about my third wish of having my hands dangling out of the coffin, I wish people to know that I came empty handed into this world and empty handed I go out of this world.”

With these words, the king closed his eyes. Soon he let death conquer him and breathed his last.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Labor - attitude

We just finished enjoying out labor day weekend.

Several months ago, I met an old janitor lady who used to take care of the downtown office where I was consulting. Her face was so radiant and I decided to strike a conversation with her and got to know her. What I learned from her was that, she is a firm believer in Jesus and told me that she does her chores as if Jesus was her boss.

I could recall about this old lady, when I read the passage, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." -  1 Corinthians 10:31.

It's all our attitude that shapes things.  There is no work that's below our dignity, if we have the attitude of that old lady. I used to tell this to myself while doing any work - regardless of home, office or elsewhere. Whatever work we do, we are doing it for the glory of God.

This labor day weekend, I decided to stay away from my computer & work and tried to become closer to my family by spending time with them. We watched several movies since there was a 99c promo going on at the blockbuster and we got several free coupons as well.  Apart from the movies, I enjoyed the rain and did learn few (new) things about my son that I did not know earlier.

Hope you had a good one.

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