Shoe Box

November 6, 2011

Dear friends,

Every year around November, Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world, collects Shoe Boxes and distribute them to children around the globe as a way to tell them about the Love of Jesus.

My family and I have participated in this special program Operation Christmas Child for years now. It is fun and easy to pack a shoe box. For more information, please click the link above.

I hope that you may participate in this project as well, and I also pray that our Lord may continue to bring His Good News to millions of children through such a meaningful ministry.

In Christ,
Dicky


Follow me

November 5, 2011

Matthew 16:24 (NIV)
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me,
he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

John 10:27 (NIV)
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

“Lord, that’s where I want to go.” I pointed in the direction of my own path.

“No.” He shook His head, then pointed His finger toward a faraway place that my eyesight could not reach. “See that place? That’s where I want you to go.”

“Where?”

“There.”

“I can’t see it.” I narrowed my eyes. “But, God, don’t you think my way is a lot easier? Look.” I jabbed my thumb toward my path. “It’s very beautiful, and there are no obstacles. I think I can reach my goal in no time.”

His voice very tender and His gaze very warm, the Lord spoke to me, “Are you certain that you’ll achieve what you hope for? Are you sure that what you hope for is really what I have planned for you in your life?”

“Hmm…” I became speechless and cast my eyes to the ground.

He waited patiently for my answer.

After brief seconds, I let out a deep sigh and turned my head to where He wanted me to go, then fixed my eyes on Him. “Lord, the path You’ve chosen for me looks very tough. What if I need Your help?”

“You can count on me.”

“What if I fall?”

“I’ll carry you.”

“What if…”

“Don’t doubt. Just follow me. Give me your right hand.” He extended His hand, His palm waiting.

Without a bit of hesitation, I obeyed His command. Without a backward glance, I walked beside the Almighty, following His guidance and walking toward the place He had chosen for me as I totally trusted in Him that He would reveal the unknown place to me in His own time.


In my distress

November 4, 2011

Lord, in my distress,
You speak softly to me,
and I lift my eyes toward You.
You renew my strength,
and I stand up and walk again.

Lord, forgive my transgressions,
for You are a merciful God.
Lord, help me trust You with all my heart,
for You are the same yesterday, today and forever.

Copyright. Dicky To. All Rights Reserved.


Until we meet again

November 2, 2011

Dear Kody,

I wish you could receive my letter; I wish you could read my words.

I recall the day you first stepped into our church and worshipped our Lord together. Your visit gave us a lift and we welcomed you into our church family.

I recall the moments we talked about ministries. Your willingness and eagerness to serve the Lord encouraged us so much that I felt my heart leaping with joy.

I recall the times the two of us spent together: we ate out; we shopped; we saw a movie; we attended a Christian concert; … Our friendship grew as dear brothers in Christ.

I recall the day you came over to my home to celebrate Christmas together with my family. Our joyous laughter rang loudly in every corner of my place. The gift that you gave me is still treasured in my cabinet and well kept within my heart.

All these precious moments seem new as if they were now happening before my eyes; all these cherished moments seem fresh as if I were now hearing your voice.

Your physical pain I did not feel; it was the emotional pain that gave me the ache in my heart, the ache so deep and so immeasurable for me to say farewell to you as my dear friend and my dear brother in our Lord Jesus Christ.

You fell asleep in the loving arms of our Lord. You are now dwelling in the room He has prepared for you in His Kingdom.

Until we meet again, I will forever remember your kind face that shone with love, and it still does.

Until we meet again, I will forever remember your tender voice that reflected your warm-heartedness, and it still does.

Until we meet again, I will forever remember our friendship that connected the two of us in Christian brotherhood, and it still does.

Until we meet again, I will forever think of you within my heart.

Romans 6:5 (NIV): If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.