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Psalm 51 (NLT)

Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.
Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.

For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.

For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.

But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.

Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.

Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.

Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.

You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God
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Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—
with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.

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Hello.

It’s been a while. I have posted some things over at the “office” blog, though… so it’s not like I haven’t been blogging at all.

Twitter is also rather stalled, tumblr is still an inspiration (just spent my lunch time on tumblr, actually).

Life has been great… although somewhere deep down inside there’s that fear of how much I would miss being here once the internship is over. I shoo that thought by 1. telling myself I still have 10 months to go, and 2. daydreaming that I might just get a job in Geneva. Who knows what God has in store for me next!

Other than work (which is WONDERFUL), my “social” agenda is pretty packed… movies, gatherings, singing rehearsals, concerts… there’s just a lot to see and do in Geneva, and I love it!

Will try to be posting more often as there really are a LOT to share. I’m glad however that my diary is at least being filled regularly every night. Life is good, God is awesome.

A Franciscan Blessing

From Sarah’s Blog.

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

Amen.

How Great is Our God — Chris Tomlin

Another powerful song I first heard last week during camp (I know, right? Where have I been??)

VERSE(1):
The splendor of a King,
clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice,
all the earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light,
and darkness tries to hide
it trembles at his voice,
trembles at his voice

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great
How great is our God

VERSE(2):
And age to age He stands
and time is in His Hands
Beginning and the End,
Beginning and the End
The Godhead, three in one
Father, Spirit, Son
the Lion and the Lamb,
the Lion and the Lamb

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God

CHORUS(2)
Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
how great is our God
Name above all names
you are worthy of all praise
and my heart will sing
how great is our God

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God

Because it’s okay to be disappointed sometimes…

“So, who is God?”

A friend sent me this question via text message.

Me: I don’t know 🙂
(because anything I say will merely be my own, or someone else’s interpretation of God. God is good, sure, according to whom? God is transcendent, says who? God is unexplainable, probably, but still human opinion. The truth is we don’t know. Or, I don’t know, to be fair)
*EDIT: on a second thought, God is good, transcendent, and unexplainable doesn’t really answer the question “WHO is God” now does it? They only answer “WHAT is God like?”… Hmmm…
Friend: So, why do we have to believe in him?
Me: Because it’s good to believe in something we don’t understand but perceive as bigger, stronger, better. It gives hope and strength.
(because believing in God truly does give hope and strength. Wait. Isn’t it God who gives hope and strength? Yes, but only if you so believe)
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All I should be and all I want to be like

Over at my cousin’s blog, she posted 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, The Message version and subtituted “Love” with her own name, titling the post “All I should be and all I wanted [sic.] to be like”. I think it is a very inspiring way to look at these verses, so here goes the same verses personalized for me.

Aiko never gives up.
Aiko cares more for others than for herself.
Aiko doesn’t want what she doesn’t have.
Aiko doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force herself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Definitely worth striving for. In fact, it is an absolute MUST. Thanks, dear cousin, for the inspiration, and help me, Father, to be able to live it in my life… *Aiko goes to copy this into her journal*

Hodu L’adonay Ki Tov (Give Thanks to The LORD)

Well, a friend tagged me in a video yesterday, and this morning when I arrived at campus for no particular reason at all another friend offered me his headphones, playing the video which featured this Hebrew song. Lovely, peaceful song. I searched the song on youtube and came up with this version (I’m still trying to figure out whether the song is the exact version, but anyway):

I think the dance, although very simple, is very beautiful. I believe it is because they are actually “connecting” to the words of the song. It is from Psalm 136:1-3

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

And when you actually realize just how good God is, it really does give you this lovely peaceful feeling. There is a sense of safety, a calmness in the midst of this hurried (or should I say horrid?) world.

His love endures forever. FOREVER. That means even when you’ve forgotten all about him in the busyness of your day or when you’re deliberately telling everyone you don’t trust in him anymore. His love endures even during your toughest times and all those times you feel alone, wretched, no one cares about you and no one loves you… HE DOES! You know those times when people betray you, lie to you, talk behind your back, and people who said they love you leave you or change their minds? He doesn’t. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.

formspring.me – Why are you studying divinity/theology?

For various reasons. Among others:

1. I’ve been involved in the Children’s Ministry for 11 years, and figured studying theology would help me with this ministry (proven true so far).

2. Related to the above, I would love to help out my pastor(s) especially when dealing with the Children’s Ministry since they seem to lack the time to care much for us, and to help, I would need a theological background.

3. I had an “epiphany” while working. And that is that with only so much time in the world, I do NOT want to spend it “collecting money”. I would really love to serve God instead.

4. I love, love, love teaching. And having a theology background would support me better in being a teacher/lecturer than my hotel management degree would.

5. While I was determined to study theology during the year I spent working, how everything fell into place would simply be called divine intervention.

And I could perhaps go on… but, these 5 will do 😛

Care to ask me anything?

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