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Advent II - Gift of Hope, Isaiah 40:28-31, Rom 8:22-25
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 12:05

 

In Vienna, Austria, during the time of WWII, there were three Jewish psychiatrists, two who were well-known and one up and coming apprentice. The first was Sigmund Freud. After years of observation and study of human behaviour, he concluded that the most basic drive in human beings was the pursuit of pleasure. The second was Alfred Adler, he too spent years in research of human behaviour and he drew a different conclusion. Adler was convinced that what drove human beings in all that they do was to gain power, self-control, and independence. Both conclusions seemed to have a ring of truth to them. The third was Victor Frankl and before his career gained any traction, WWII started. Freud and Adler managed to escape because of their reputation. Frankl was not so fortunate; he was arrested and thrown into a Nazi concentration camp for four year. After his release, Frankl resumed his career. As he reflected on his own life and experience through the furnace of human tragedy, he noticed something quite odd. The people who survived the concentration camp weren’t the most physically strong ones. What was it that enabled them to survived hell on earth? Frankl came up with his own theory. The difference between those who survived and those who didn’t was hope and meaning. Those who survived never gave up belief that their existence had meaning; that despite every evil act around them, there was a larger story that they were a part of, and that one day the suffering would end. The thing that drives people to do what they do is not pleasure, not power, it was hope and meaning.

 

A person can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about four minutes without air, but we cannot live for four seconds without hope.

(Andy Crouch, Wall Street Journal, Steve Jobs, the Secular Prophet, Oct 8, 2011)

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 12:15
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Advent I - Gift of Anticipation and Patience, Psalm 37:4-7, Rev 21:1-4
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:53

 

If you were to receive a gift, what would you wish for? Perhaps after the initial layer of things like a new laptop, new phone, or a home renovation, we come to the list of things that are from the deepest desires of our hearts (Ps 37:4) – patience, hope, peace, health, good relationships, or God himself.

 

On the first Sunday of Advent, we pause to think about the Gift of Patience. We live in a time in which impatience is the sickness of our generation. We feel it, don’t we? Everything is pushing us to be quicker, faster, and more efficient; waiting is seen as a waste of time. But upon deeper reflection, everything that is worth something requires patience. While patience is a noble trait to possess, we believe that to have patience in our innermost spirit, in our soul is, even a greater gift. One of the fruits (or gifts) of the Holy Spirit is patience (Gal 5:22-23). In Advent, the Holy Spirit forms that in us.

 

Waiting patiently in expectation is the foundation of the spiritual life.


We do not obtain the most precious gifts by going in search of them but by waiting for them.

(Simone Weil, 1909-43, Waiting for God, 1950)

 

Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2016 13:20
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Pray Assuredly in Times of Turmoil - James 5:13-20
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:49

 

This past week, we concluded our study of the book of James. Our objective was to learn how to love our neighbour better through James’ wisdom and practical insights. I hope that you found our time reflecting on James helpful and enriching. James concluded the letter with some thoughts on prayer, sickness, the role of the faith community, and the restoration of a brother or sister.

 

First, in all circumstances, we can pray. We can pray especially when we are in trouble (5:13) or when we are sick (5:14). Our Lord Jesus Christ is a compassionate God, one who is deeply moved when He hears our prayers, and He will come and heal us. But healing is often much more than just physical healing. Our mind, body, spirit, emotional health, and relationships are all interrelated. So it is the overwhelming testimony of those who pray in times of trouble or in times of sickness that they are made ‘well’ (5:15) or made whole. On the one hand, we do believe that God can heal physically supernaturally or through the gift of medicine. On the other hand, we have also encountered some who may not be healed physically but are made ‘well’ by an internal sense of peace, joy, acceptance, or courage to face one’s illness.

 

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