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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:

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:

“Arise, 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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Holy Listening Stones

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I came across the “Holy Listening Stone” teaching tool and was immediately fascinated by it.

According to the founder of Holy Listening Stones, Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley, the practice of using the HLS symbols is to help people share how they feel. Symbol, especially to children, is their “native language”.

These meaningful symbols can encourage a conversation and engage people to talk out their inner thoughts where sometimes they seem at a lost for words to express themselves.

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Using the ideas from the Holy Listening Stones, my team and I created our own “holy listening” objects using beautiful knotting pine wood, which is very soothing and calming.

This method of generating meaningful conversation can be used among young and old alike. This practice can be done on a one-on-one approach or in a small group setting.

When asked to reflect how they experienced God in their lives or how their weeks went, these were some of the things shared:

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One 6 year old child picked the symbol of a tree and commented, “I choose this one because God is strong and God is taller than a tree!”

One 10 year boy who has abstract thinking, pointed to the tree symbol (to him it looked like an inferno) and blurted out, “that is my mom, she exploded last night just because I didn’t put my socks away in its proper place….”

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Another 12 year old picked an exclamation mark and exclaimed, “I have had a very happy week!”

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While having a heart to heart talk with one young adult, the person chose the “windy path” and stated in frustration that “God is so hard to figure out, He never gives me a straight answer when I need it.”

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Another person who recently had a major career change picked two symbols for reflection.

With the symbol of a footprint, she realized that at any work place, we bound to leave a foot print behind; And she is made aware that it is important to be a “sunshine” to others especially in the working environment.

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From this simple and heartfelt sharing of life experiences, I see the mystery and the effectiveness of using these “holy listening stones” as a practice to help one express their feeling and spiritual journey in a more concrete manner. It is also very therapeutic.

For more info on the philosophy of Holy Listening Stones, click here.

A Happy Wanderer

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I am most alive when I am outdoors; I feel more happy… more free… and more me!

A group suggested to go hiking at Mount Baker National Forest; my heart… uttered with unspeakable joy!

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On the day we headed to Mount Baker, the weather was exceptionally cooperative – not too hot and not too cold – a perfect day for a hike with a bit of autumnal breeze in the air to cool us along the way.

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The amazing view up here was phenomenal — Everywhere we turned our eyes feasted on a bonanza of snow-capped mountains, vast valleys and glacier lakes.

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The delightful folk song “Happy Wanderer” always rings in my ears whenever I hike:

“I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track,
and as I go I love to sing with my knapsack on my back…”

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At times, these beautifully breathtaking views made me felt like I was in the movie scene from “The Sound of Music” where Julie Andrew roamed the open space on the mountain high and burst into: “The hills are alive with the sound of music…”.

The splendid scenery we pleasantly experienced under the clear blue sky was indeed lively!

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The mesmerizing looming snow-covered Mount Baker and the towering jagged Mount Shuksan;

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the blossoming alpine flowers that grow wild and free on the meadow that we stumbled across;

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and the glistening emerald glacier lakes; — all proclaiming the splendor of their majestic Creator.

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Their delightful echo, from the mountains to the valleys, must have caused many happy wanderers to slow down, admire the breathtaking nature, and be in wonder of who this great Creator might be.

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“…Oh, may I go a-wandering until the day I die!
Oh, may I always laugh and sing, beneath God’s clear blue sky!”

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Fruits of the Sea

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I enjoy eating all sort of seafoods especially when they are fresh out of the sea.

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During my recent camping trip, an especially fun and thrilling highlight was when our group had to get our hands and feet dirty to gather some of those fruits of the sea.

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Feet were soaked in the mud and it was pretty invigorating when we dug out clams after clams from the muddy seashore.

After carefully spraying away the dirt from the shells, we pleasurably enjoyed the fruits of our labor.

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We hopped from rock to rock along the white shell beach to hunt for fresh oysters for our seafood pasta.

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Harvesting the masculine orange-brown red rock crabs was always the highlight of the camping trip.

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We steamed the whole crabs and fried some with spicy hot chilly; and these finger licking good dishes were often reserved for our late night snack.

Gnawing away the chunky and juicy meaty crabs over a glass of white wine was simply crab-o-licious!

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A bunch of kelp drifted by the water; we pulled it out, sliced it, blanched them with boiling water: the leafy part we used for savory seafood seaweed soup, and we pickled the kelp stem for an appetizer dish.

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I can’t wait until next year… for another plateau de fruits de mer camping trip.

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The Best Buddy

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Our amigoes from South America came to town so our fabulous guide ‘Buddy’ suggested that we all go paddling. Splash!

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Before we headed out to the water, ‘Buddy’ made sure that we learnt the proper canoeing tips from our one and only Mr. Bear who sponsored the boats for us to use!

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Paddling along this fabulous tidal creek is very surreal;

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It’s like entering into a whole new enchanting and mystical world!

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After an hour of paddling on this serene slough, we got off to the shore.

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Then ‘Buddy’ led us down to a narrow hiking trail filled with shrubs and berries hovering over us.

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‘Buddy’ was a great tour guide who constantly looked back and watched out for our safety; and keeping an eye out for some of our team members who trailed behind.

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We had one of the most joyous and serendipitous outing that day; we’re not sure who had the most wondrous time, us or ‘Buddy’?

Here is our/the best ‘Buddy’ basking in his glory!

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Here’s Buddy playing “Follow the Leader” with us.

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Here’s Buddy waiting patiently for the people trailing behind.

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Here’s Buddy splashing into the alluring water to cool himself off as we watched with envy under the scorching hot sun!

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Here’s Buddy again waiting for us to enjoy the thunderous sound of fast flowing waterfall under the vast blue sky.

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Oh, did I mentioned already that we encountered a big black bear on our way back!!

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Thank goodness the bear just walked by and ignored us as he was more interested in browsing through the bushes for more juicy salmon berries.

Jehovah Jireh

Jehovah Jireh  or  Adonai Y’reh in Hebrew means “The Lord Provides” – 上帝必定供應‏

This particular character of God was declared when Abraham and his son Isaac encountered God at Mount Moriah (Genesis 22).

On the mountain, when his beloved son asked Abraham where was the sacrificial lamb, Father Abraham replied the Lord will see to it and provide, Adonai Y’reh. (22:14)

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Abraham came down from the mountain
Holding God’s promise and plan
Believing the Words of the Father
Would cover the sins of the Land

God will provide — Adonai Y’reh
The required price of the Great I AM!
A son whom he loved — to be given away
But saved through the blood of a ram.

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Moses came down from the mountain
Tablets of stone in his hands
The Words to instruct His people
To cover the sins of the land

God will provide – Adonai Y’reh
The required price of the Great I AM!
One of the flock – to be given away
Saved through the blood of a lamb

Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed through the blood of a lamb
Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed through the blood of a lamb

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Yeshua came down from the mountain
Blood on His feet and His hands
The only begotten of the Father
To cover the sins of the land.

God has provided — Adonai Y’reh
Yeshua – the required price He paid!
A Son whom God loved, was given away
We are saved through the blood of the Lamb*

*Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed through the blood of the Lamb
Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed through the blood of the Lamb

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Songwriters by Patrick/Christine Lumbroso