Archive for June, 2010

Holding hands in the dark…

Often God speaks to me through music when my heart is too hardened for words… The melody, tunes and rhythm carries Your words into my heart. Through the opening of my heart’s doors, Your tears and joy pours in. Little by little, the dark clouds dissipates. There are times when fear creeps in that my hand might lose Yours in the darkness. Yet knowing Your hold is firm and everlasting, my heart finds the rock on which to hold on to.

Through the dark clouds of my life, I know Your hands holds mine. Though I cannot see, though I may not hear, I know of your touch in my life. I remember.

By His wounds, we are healed… The mind’s vision of Your suffering alone is enough to make our hearts bow in adoration and love towards You.

<Warning! – Contains violent scenes of crucifixion>

Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.

Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away.

And who can speak of his descendants?

For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors.

For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.


Was gonna blog about loads of stuff like… my proposal… Perth trip…random stuff about YACG… Bobby and the Global Day of Prayer. All would be accompanied by photos of course… then I came across this…

I was amazed… God “made” the first transformer. :p haha!

Origins of kung fu?? Haha! Maybe thats where DreamWorks got the inspiration for Kung Fu Panda? :p Or maybe the bear watched the movie.

Shining Through

Yesterday was another experience Ellie and I shared together. We had free tickets to the premier of Shining Through by the Canticle Singers at Istana Budaya.

They had great vocals. 🙂 And stamina as pointed out by Ellie’s sis. A few songs caught my attention as the rest was good but was something I would expect to find in a audio concert. There was two parts to the performance. Part 1 was only vocals and part 2 involves movement.

Of course, I’m very much in favor of Part 2. 🙂 Nevertheless, there were some songs in Part 1 that amazed me. Like the piece on Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde… the switch in the “mood” and “tempo” (obviously I’m not a music person) was unexpectedly smooth. I guess my measure of “amazing” in a performance is when the music stirs the emotion in you.

In Part 2, I loved the choreography and how the choir invited the guests to participate. Lovely old songs like Banana boat song, Baba yetu and other songs were entertaining.

Now, at least, I know the lyrics to the banana boat song and the story behind it. 🙂 I’ve always wondered why the lyrics would sing out “Come mr. taliban tali me ba-nana” haha! Turns out its “come mr. tally man, tally me banana… daylight come and me wan go home.”

And baba yetu – the first piece of Part 2, a nice swahili song composed by Christopher Tin. It is a rendition of the Lord’s Prayer. Lovely. Another amazing fact of this song is that it is one of the songs in a computer game – Civilization 4. Haha something for everyone I guess…