Monthly Archives: December 2005

The Reason…Us?

Last year, I remember sharing about how simple illustrations (aka cartoons) can bring forth theВ message of Christmas in a innocent yet powerful way. This year, I having a chat with a sister this morning and she was sharing about starting a carolling session in her office this evening; how she was frantically typing out the lyrics (yes, I did tell her to download straight from the Net..); what carols she was gonna pick, etc….she also shared that one of her favourites was We are the Reason (although she didn’t think her other staff would sing it..), a beautiful classic about why Jesus came into this world and died for us.

So I thought it would be fitting that I would share the meaningful lyrics of this song with all of you this Christmas – may this Christmas hold a special meaning in your heart as you focus, celebrate and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas!

We are the Reason

As little children
We would dream of Christmas morn
Of all the gifts and toys
We knew we’d find
But we never realized
A baby born one blessed night
Gave us the greatest gift of our lives

We were the reason
That He gave His life
We were the reason
That He suffered and died
To a world that was lost
He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live

As the years went by
We learned more about gifts
The giving of ourselves
And what that means
On a dark and cloudy day
A man hung crying in the rain
All because of love, all because of love

I’ve finally found the reason for living
It’s in giving every part of my heart to Him
In all that I do every word that I say
I’ll be giving my all just for Him, for Him

He is my reason to live
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Have a Merry and Joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year 2006 ahead!

For all multipliers driving home for the long break, do stay alert and focussed on the road, and come back in one piece! See you guys next year! God bless.

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Number of the Day:

8 – Days left before we say goodbye to 2005. What a year it has been! And what a month December has turned out to be…..so fast…hardly blinked and it’s almost gone!

(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)

When God Ran (Benny Hester)

When God Ran – Benny Hester

One of my favourite contempory Christian songs, When God Ran by Benny Hester spent an amazing 13 weeks at the top of the Christian charts wayyyyyy back in 1986.

Inspired by the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15), the song creatively brought to life this beautiful story of how the father (representing God) ran out to the son who had sinned but had repented and was coming home to the father. The picture of an all-powerful, all-conquering, mighty God loving us so, so much that He would be willing to run towards us (the sinner), hold us in his arms and tell us how much He loves us, is simply put, just remarkable.

I was thankful and glad that I was able to share this classic with my church youth during their camp over the weekend because the song actually touched and struck many heartstrings and chords at the camp.

For the many who requested for this song, you now have the pleasure of downloading it from here! Enjoy! 😉

When God Ran (Benny Hester)

Almighty God,
The Great I Am
Immoveable Rock,
Omnipotent powerful 

Awesome Lord,
Victorious Warrior
Commanding King of Kings
Mighty Conquerer, 

And the only time,
the only time I ever saw Him run
Was when 

He ran to me,
Took me in His arms, held my head to His chest
And said "My son's come home again".
Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyes
With forgiveness in His voice
He said "Son, do you know I still love you?" 

It caught me by surprise when God ran 

The day I left Home,
I knew I'd broken His heart
I wondered if
Things could ever be the same, 

Then one night,
I remembered His love for me
And down that dusty road, ahead I could see
It's the only time,
the only time I ever saw Him run 

Was when He ran to me,
Took me in His arms, held my head to His chest
And said "My son's come home again".
Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyes
With forgiveness in His voice
He said "Son, do you know I still love you?" 

It caught me by surprise, He brought me to my knees
When God ran
I saw Him run to me
And then I ran to Him

Instrumental Bridge

Holy God, Righteous One
Who turned my way
Now I know, He's been waiting
For this day 

{Repeat Chorus}

And then He ran to me,
Took me in His arms, held my head to His chest
And said "My son's come home again".
Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyes
With forgiveness in His voice
I felt His love for me again  

{Repeat Chorus}

He ran to me,
Took me in His arms, held my head to His chest
And said "My son's come home again".
Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyes
With forgiveness in His voice
He said Son, He said Son, My Son!
Do you know I still love you
oohhh...He ran to me
When God ran
(originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)В 

Sleepless & Gutted

I thought it was all written down like a fairy-tale….Man United going back to the very place where recently deceased George Best produced his erm, best performances….almost everyone could recall the 5-1 embarrassment of Benfica more than 3 decades back. Needing a win to guarantee progress, the stage looked set!

Alas….it was literally lights out for United in the Champion’s League this season, fittingly at Benfica’s Stadium of Light…falling at the very first hurdle….not even getting past Christmas!…..so reminiscent of the Porto tragedy two seasons back (*&^$^$&^$#&% it was those Portuguese again!…sighhhh)

Things that made me upset about regarding this shock exit:

10. Awful Away Form – Haven’t won the past 7 or 8 away matches in Champs League? Gosh….those spoilt home brats….not even an attempt to break the streak!

9. No More Late Drama – rarely seen from this season’s squad. Signs of giving up far too easily.

8. Theatrics – Wonderful time-delaying tactics employed by the Portuguese outfit for much of the second half. These guys are good! Watch out Hollywood!

7. Faulty Hairdryer – Halftime hair-drying doesn’t seem to work anymore. Obvious when players walked out of the tunnel for the second period with their hair neatly gelled and styled.

6. Second-String Opposition – Not to take anything away from Benfica, but here we are, playing full strength against a supposedly second-league opposition, who were even playing without inspirational Simao.

5. Chances – Almost none created! Apart from the bundled in goal by Scholes and another attempt by Gingerhead from outside, I couldn’t recall any other shots on target!

4. Lack of Determination – For much of the match, I actually thought we were playing in a reserve league match. Whatever happened to the free flowing neat passes type of football seen in the past three matches.?….

3. Manner of Loss – Pathetic. If we had exited after giving something like 110%, earning 20 corners, 15 freekicks at the edge of the box, had like 30 shots at goal, 20 on target, etc. kinda stats, I may be writing something rosier today. It was a loss with almost no sign of effort whatsoever. Pathetic.

2. Post Match Reactions – From the player’s reactions (not really looking upset) to some of the fans present (not really looking upset either) to post match comments by Sir Alex (not sounding upset at all…?….did he take up some Anger Management class or what?!!!…to quote him “I would give my team 10 out of 10 for determination”….hmmmm…the mist inВ LisbonВ must have blinded his vision somewhat..

No.1 Upsetting Matter – Making die-hard fans stay up, losing our much needed sleep over some painful, unbearable football performance that we will carry throughout the rest of the day (or more) through nightmarish flashes of memory every half an hour? ‘Nuff said.

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Number of the Day: If someone out there knows the number equivalent of sleepless and gutted, let me know. ;-(

(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)