Sunday, June 05, 2005


montage friends
Originally uploaded by mincaye.

Sometime ago, Michael W. Smith wrote a song entitled 'Friends' with his wife Deborah. It became one of the all-time greatest hits of Contemporary Christian Music.


Packing up the dreams God planted
In the fertile soil of you
Can’t believe the hopes he’s granted
Means a chapter in your life is through

But we’ll keep you close as always
It won’t even seem you’ve gone
’cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong

And friends are friends forever
If the Lord’s the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
’cause the welcome will not end
Though it’s hard to let you go
In the Father’s hands we know
That a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends

With the faith and love God’s given
Springing from the hope we know
We will pray the joy you’ll live in
Is the strength that now you show

But we’ll keep you close as always
It won’t even seem you’ve gone
’cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong

As I reflect on these words, I realise that truly, it is because of friends that I am still a Christian.

No amount of scientific proof, well-argued philosophy, historical evidence and personal testimony, can convey the Spirit of God in a 'more real' manner than the intimate relationship and experience of friendship -- true, godly friendship.

As the apostle John put it:

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."

The large photo was a group shot taken after the Planet Shakers' 'Nights of Fire' concert in Kluang on Wednesday night, in which we d'NAers pointed in random directions. I must say, it turned out well!

And the one above, is that of me and my comrade in the Message and the Fight, Soo Tian. We will be resuming the TM Squared project within a week (the link is on the sidebar on the right, under the heading 'Hives'). So do look out for updates!

Within nine hours, I will be on my way to Tioman Island with my family. Returning on Wednesday morning. So until then, fare thee well!

Good night.


joan-lynn said...

Aha! I like both photos. A lot. =) The random pointing thingy did turn out nicely!

And Soo Tian smiled nicely in the photo with you too. Cos I remember you smiling, and he was putting on this serious face and I was wondering "What is Soo Tian doing!" and after I told him to smile, I didn't really know how the shot went about. But judging from what I see now, it sure turned out well. =)

aud said...

I like the song and the photos too :) It's quite funny how most of you seem to be pointing at the photo of you and soo tian as if on big screen ;) How was Tioman?

joan-lynn said...

Oh yeah. I never noticed it that way, Aud. Now that I look at it again, yeah. It sure does look as though the pic of Ben and Soo Tian was on a big screen and we're pointing at them, :)