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Firework Pageants

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Fireworks display is appealing and can often be seen on special occasions such as the Olympics, National holidays and the New Year countdown.

During the Lunar New Year celebration, one of the highlights for this festive season is definitely the dazzling fireworks display.

In my hometown, this is how people usually celebrated after a big feast on New Year’s Eve at 12 midnight — showing off the fireworks splendor.

Many households excitedly and simultaneously light up the town with firecrackers and fireworks.

Neighbors tend to compete with each other to see whose firework is more splendid.

It’s thrill to be in the midst of the pageant and to watch the glowing and sparkly lights flying everywhere!

And here’s an amazing aerial view of the firework displays from the past weekend CNY celebration:

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10,000 Reasons

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You’re rich in love
And You’re slow to anger
Your name is great
And Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness
I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons
For my heart to find…

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During this new year season, we asked the children what were some of the reasons they praise God and how have they find the movement of God in their every day life, and these are what they shared:

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And this inspiration of sharing on the wall was taken from:

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Joy to the World

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Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let us receive her king…

During the past Christmas, each of the children received a special bundle of gift which point them towards Jesus, who is the Joy of the World.

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The toddlers and preschoolers received a lion stuffed animal: just as the lion is known for king of the jungle; children are reminded that Jesus is the King of kings and that we need to worship Him. (Revelation 17:14; 19:16).

Children are generally happy when they are treated to candies, so one of the treats the younger kids was the candy cane that resembles shepherd’s staff; and the shape of the letter “J” reminds us of joyful Jesus who is the Good Shepherd that watches over us(John 10:11; 10:14).

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For the older children, they received a beautiful festive plastic beverage container. The drink-ware helps children to reflect that Jesus is the living water who can quench our thirsty soul: As the deer pants for stream of living water, my soul thirst for you, O Lord.
(Psalm 63:1)

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In the container, there was a “Ring Pop” candy that shaped like a pacifier. This object reminds us about babies. Just as we are often drawn to babies with tenderness and care; we reflect on that Baby in the Manger, whose purpose was to come to earth to be our Savior and Protector to care for our yearning soul.

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Another delightful gift the children received was the flameless candle. The candle reminds us of all the colorful and beaming lights during the Christmas festive season. It also points us to the ultimate light, Jesus, who is the Light of the world who shines over the darkness of our soul:

ÔÇťArise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth and
thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
(Isaiah 60:1-2)

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Each child also took home a children gospel tract to explore with families the deeper meaning of having a personal relationship with Jesus, the “Joy” to the world who brings peace and hope into our world.

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