Sea of Galilee: dancing with seagulls

We couldn’t sail on the Galilee lake on the scheduled day because of the strong winds. It wasn’t safe. That night we gathered and prayed that the unexpectedly cold weather would not sabotage the pilgrimage . The next morning it was not a particularly bright day but the sea of Galilee was sail safe and we were happy to get on board the boat. It was a very joyous moment as we saw it as God’s gracious gift and answer to our prayers. To rejoice with us the seagulls played and danced with us as we celebrated God’s faithfulness and love. A satisfying playful morning.

Looking out of the hotel balcony to the sea of Galilee.
Looking out of the hotel balcony to the sea of Galilee.
On the boat sailing out into the deep
On the boat sailing out into the deep
Seagulls came looking for their breakfast
Seagulls came looking for their breakfast
Lovely dance and play in the skies
Lovely dance and play in the skies
Seniwati and Baby
Seni and Baby
Peter and Eunice Lim
Peter and Eunice Lim
You filled our hearts with joy and our lips with laughter
You filled our hearts with joy and our lips with laughter

 

 

Jordan River: Coldest baptism

It was, and probably would remain, the coldest baptism I have ever done. We did it at Yardenit – the baptismal site of the Jordan River. In the days leading to the baptism the unusually cold weather led me to give a way out for the parents of the baptism candidates, You know the weather is extremely cold and you may be concerned for your children. Think about it, if you do not want to go ahead with it, let me know. We can do it back in Singapore, in warmer waters. Later I was told, The children want to go ahead with it. I had no choice then. So after donning swimming tights and baptism robes we took some photos, went down the steps into the river, and pastor Thomas and I baptized them in the fastest speed ever recorded. Remarkably, I was cold when outside, but in the waters I felt unusually “uncold”. This was in 13th December 2013 in the cold and holy land.

Ps Kenny, Ps Thomas and the 5 baptism candidates
Ps Kenny, Ps Thomas and the 5 baptism candidates
The holding area is by the bank of the river and well fenced
The holding area is by the bank of the river and well fenced
Brave boy.
Brave boy.
Brave girl
Brave girl
Go for it Aaron
Go for it Aaron
After baptism the parents quickly put on jackets on their kids except one kid
After baptism the parents quickly put on jackets on their kids except one kid
After its all done and with a hot beverage we are ready to leave
After its all done and with a hot beverage we were ready to leave

Cana: a renewed commitment to faithful marriage

There is no magic nor a special blessing about doing a renewal of commitment to marriage in Cana. Jesus graced a wedding party at Cana and did a great miracle of changing water to wine. However this does not mean your renewed marriage will turn from water to wine. However doing a renewal of commitment can be memorable, special and may mark a milestone for marriages that have gone through some turbulence, or have turned from wine to water. I led the service in the church: a song, a short exhortation, and some statements of renewed commitment, and a prayer of blessing. Then it was photo taking time! (All photos: Euhan)

Giving the exhortation to all the married couples.
Giving the exhortation to all the married couples.
Group photo of married couples that renewed their marriage commitment.
Group photo of married couples that renewed their marriage commitment.
We did it too.
We did it too.