Here is the latest reflection from Reverend Chee.
Reflections for the week.
Over the course of the last few weeks as we emerge from Alert Level 4 to the level we are at now, I guess that there would have been times where we have been disappointment over a host of different matters. I am not immune to that myself as I listen and read the daily news that emerge.
The situation of the pandemic extending over a wider circle would have given us enough reasons to be cautious. Yet, this seem to be rather a trivial matter to some governments in the world. To consider lives that have been lost as a necessary “evil” in order to rebuild a nation’s economy seem callous. Relaxing quarantine and lockdown procedures to justify other pursuits (no matter how noble) is mind boggling. However, I do realize that there are other opinions even in our own communities.
We may also be disappointed over other matters but then these are abnormal times. The tag line – Be nice” or “be kind” seem to fly out of the window sometimes. No wonder, there are health professionals who urge individuals and communities to be aware of mental well-being at this time.
We look into our text from Psalm 42, this week –
1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.
5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.
6 My soul is downcast within me; therefore, I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
8 By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.
9 I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
11 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.
Questions for reflection –
- Are you hoping for a simpler time? If you could bring back one thing from 2019, what would it be?
- What disappointments have you experienced over the past few months? Have you stopped and acknowledged these disappointments?
- “Christianity isn’t about getting to live a life without disappointments, free of suffering and pain. It’s actually about getting to live a life with God who enables us to walk through our disappointments, pains and sufferings, with strength and a peace that we don’t understand.” How do you feel about this statement?
- Looking towards the coming weeks and months, how will you bring your disappointments before God, leaving them in His presence, knowing that He is in control, and that He cares for you?