April 27, 2009


I received my happy order for Threadless t-shirts today.  What a wonderful end to the weekend!

Some time ago, I was at the pub with some friends and a guy walked by wearing a “I’d FCUK me” t-shirt.  The friend I was with wondered aloud what was the maximum age you could be before those t-shirts just got lame.  I’s say 23 for a “I’d FCUK me” t-shirt.  But I’m assuming I can still get away with an “I’m Awesome” t-shirt for a few more years?   Haha.  Admit it, it is pretty funny.

Not so funny.  The guy I saw today wearing a “WIFE:  Washing, Ironing, Fucking, Etc.” t-shirt.  I felt pretty sorry for the woman standing next to him.


She’s totally adorable!

The Fragrance of Christ

April 24, 2009

“14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.  16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?  17 For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.”

2 Corinthians 2:14-17

One of the first things I learnt in Nepal was there is a difference in the way you would greet a Christian and a non-Christian. The standard greeting is Namaste. But the Christian greeting is Jayamercy (or at least, that’s how it sounds like to me). It means that you wishing the person victory in Christ.

V14 was therefore an interesting verse for me to read. “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” I thought about how God was leading us to Nepal “in triumph (or victory) in Christ”. Jayamercy.

I also thought about the sense of smell. It is different from other senses. If you don’t want to see, you can close your eyes. If you don’t want to touch, you can remove your hand. If you don’t want to hear, you can cover your ears. If you don’t want to taste, you can spit it out. But it is difficult not to smell because at some point, you will still need to breathe. So it seems to be me that whether we like it or not, we are the fragrance of Christ and that has some very very interesting implications for Christian living.

(Also had some thoughts on the difference between diffusion and osmosis and how diffusion just goes everywhere but I’m no science student.)

And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Matthew 9:11-13

Today, I remembered that I am a sinner saved by GRACE. Not works.

I hate it when people cite religious principles as the reason why they take a hard stand. Jesus would have had lunch.


Picture by Sam Flores.

I really do like this picture and I think it reflects quite accurately how I feel at the moment. Curled up comfortably on a couch and sleeping soundly as the waves crash all around me. Might get a little wet but otherwise a happy camper.

That shall be my goal for the rest of the year/the rest of my life. To be able to sleep soundly in a blue room.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Philippians 4:12

31 “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
Or loose the belt of Orion?
32 Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?

Job 38:31-33

Can you see those 3 stars in a row? That’s Orion’s belt.

I pointed to the sky, at the only constellation I can identify with any degree of certainty. The boys seemed impressed. They ran into the house to get an encyclopedia on stars and we all went up to the roof for a better view. The boys thought that it was funny that Orion was upside down and there was a bright star at where his armpit should be.

GS shared with us how he was taught to navigate using the sun by day and the stars by night. When GPS fails, the sun and stars do not. I thought about how easy it is too forget this when you’re surrounded by buildings that you think were built by human ingenuity.

Frankly, the night sky in Singapore is clearer than it is in Kathmandu. There is far less pollution and even the view from my driveway is pretty amazing. But it has been a long time since I’ve stopped to look up. But seeing a child’s eyes light up because he was able to identify Orion’s belt made me remember the One who can “loose the belt of Orion”.

Jesus of the scars

April 19, 2009

If we have never sought, we seek Thee now;
Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars;
We must have sight of thorn-pricks on Thy brow;
We must have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars.

The heavens frighten us; they are too calm;
In all the universe we have no place.
Our wounds are hurting us; where is the balm?
Lord Jesus, by Thy Scars we claim Thy grace.

If when the doors are shut, Thou drawest near,
Only reveal those hands, that side of Thine;
We know today what wounds are; have no fear;
Show us Thy Scars; we know the countersign.

The other gods were strong, but Thou wast weak;
They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,
And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone.

Edward Shillito (1872-1948)