Saturday, October 10, 2009

Keep the fire burning


"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him."

~ Jesus of Nazareth

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This entry is for Ruth, Wani, Poven, Norman, Hanim, Adam, Shahid and the brothers and sisters at 8th.

May there always be light for the path as you journey through University.


It is for the members of Operation Resurrection.

The Light is coming!


This entry is for Timothy, Fitrah, Zilah, Bee San and Amos.

Thanks for keeping my fire burning.


It is for Xin Min, Annabelle, Elensha, Pak Koon, Ri Chian, Juin, Louise, Ah Chai and the great extended family at 3rd, and for Khairul Anwar who has moved to 8th.

Thanks for the most meaningful semester in College thus far... and it's not over yet!

* * *

"Though the lamps are different, the light is the same."

~ Rabindranath Tagore, quoted at the end of Yasmin Ahmad's Gubra.


Face to Face
From Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

Day after day, O lord of my life,
Shall I stand before thee face to face.
With folded hands, O lord of all worlds,
Shall I stand before thee face to face.

Under thy great sky in solitude and silence,
With humble heart shall I stand before thee face to face.

In this laborious world of thine, tumultuous with toil
And with struggle, among hurrying crowds
Shall I stand before thee face to face.

And when my work shall be done in this world,
O King of kings, alone and speechless
Shall I stand before thee face to face.

* * *

At BLC's first service at the Luther Centre on 4 October, David Pritchard likened God to an adult playing peek-a-boo with a child. Like Aslan playing hide-and-seek.

Be always prepared, for you know not when He will come.

Keep our fire burning till You come again, like a thief in the night.


Amen.

38 comments:

ShARI said...

Ben, Love the warmth of your writings, poems, art, photos... everything-lah. Lanterns, candles, sharing meals and smiles and (I can almost hear the) laughter -- sprinkled with the wisdom of Tagore.
Reminds me to cherish such blessings too.
Warmest, all ways, always
Danial's Mom

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