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Happy Chinese New Year!

Eat and be merry, for tomorrow we shall diet!

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Something snowy…

Recently someone knitted me this lovely set of scarf and toque hat.   The combination of this vibrant & soothing “water” color was the theme color for the Winter Olympic 2010.

Everyone commented the cozy wear looked lovely on me and curious to know who knitted them.

I’ll just leave it as a mystery so the person doesn’t have to tackle the long queue outside the family doorstep… now I’m dreaming for a pair of mitten to go with the set!

 

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Epiphany

What is epiphany? I wondered… and so I googled and this sentence popped up today: “Epiphany is on Friday, January 6, 2012”.

Epiphany means “illuminating discovery” or “to reveal”.

In chinese it is called “显现节”.

According to the net, ‘Epiphany’ is a christian feast traditionally observed right after the 12th day of Christmas.  It is a celebration to remember the visit of the Magi to the Baby King Jesus where the divine nature of Jesus and salvation was manifested to the non-Jews/Gentiles, as represented by the wise men/Magi.

Here’s a great epiphany site to learn about the feast.  

Epiphany urges the church and her people to remember their calling on the Great Commission as lays out in Matthew 28 by the Resurrected Christ.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,
and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Epiphany is an elegant word with high calling. It calls us to “make known” that Jesus is the Hope to the unknown, the lost, the hurting, the suffering, the hopeless, the needy, the curious…

Blessed Epiphany and Christus Mansionem Benedicat (in Latin, meaning Christ blesses this house — usually people use this phrase to bless each other during this season of Epiphany.)

"Sumi" -- the "guardian spirit" of my friend, Anna

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It’s that time of the year again, the 12th day of Christmas  — it’s just my own tradition to put away all Christmas related deco today.  But I still have some reminiscing to do before letting go of the beautiful “Christmas spirit”,  such as…

– fun playing with the fabulous FisherPrice nativity with my little chatty friend

– thrilled meeting this adorable dolly for the very first time!

– glee visiting Olyvia & Nathanael who’re the talk of the church ;p

Yeap, the twins! (believe it or not, when they were born, they weighed only 1,000 grams and now…   Wow!)

Since this is year 2012, I read that the number ’12’ is a significant number in the Bible. It represents the divine government of God as derives from the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 disciples of Jesus to fulfill His kingdom work.

Over the Christmas holidays at various gatherings, I have the chance to visit 12 children.   All these children are so blessed for they are well raised by God-loving parents.   Another beautiful thing is that, at one time or another, I have attended all the parents’ holy matrimonies!




Wahh… can tell not all children like me ;p


and of course not forgetting Elmozzz!

Well, it’s sure hard to bid adieu this festive occasion.  Last Sunday, which happened to be the first Sunday of the year (January 1, 2012), we decided to have all children  re-reading the Christmas and Easter story books to appreciate Jesus’ love for us.

After reading,  we all received a glow bracelet reminding us that Jesus is with us all the time !

BTW, this is a great site to better understand the real meaning on the Twelve days of Christmas!

Until next time!

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Rejoicing…

These phrases have been so popular these days, almost everywhere I turned, I saw them!   Just merely looking at the wordings could easily cheer a person like me up.

Another wordings that I rejoice over tremendously is Numbers 6:24-26.  I was greeted with these verses on my birthday by 3 various people. I consider it a triple blessings.

“The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make His face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn His face toward you
and give you peace.”

May this prayer of  blessing continue to be magnifested on Israel, my family as well as yours as we embark on this brand New Year.

新年蒙福 & Shalom!

Sumptuous New Year’s Eve dinner gathering…


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