Words from China … about Love

Each of these short writings are slightly different. Love is a central theme, each in a different way. The writers wrote them in an English language learning class and communication in English was a challenge and a wonderful accomplishment. They are happy if their words are repeated with some grammatical assistance or simply as story. They wish to express their honor to have this shared with others in the world — the change in their lives that God’s love has made.

Life becomes beautiful because of this,
–we know you, Christ Jesus.
So many times in hopelessness, I almost forsake myself,
but you show me the way in the desert.
To love is to give,
a life become beautiful because of this.
Your love on the cross
Invokes our silent souls.
Even though we are full of hurts,
Your love heal them with peace.
Even though my wandering steps lose the targets,
Your love calls us back to your house.

huang yan jie

Dear sisters and brothers, let’s praise God with our heart and with our mind and with our spirit. The psalmist said: “praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. And forget not all his benefits.” (Psalm 103)

Then what kind of praising is God’s pleasure? C.S. Lewis said, “In commanding us to glorify him, God is inviting us to enjoy him.”

This means God wants us to praise him by motivated love, thanksgiving, and delight, not duty. Praising is a lifestyle of enjoying God, loving God, and giving ourselves to be used for God’s purpose. When you use your life for God’s glory, everything you do can become an act of worship. This is our life purpose to praise God always.

Dear sisters and brothers, let’s praise God in thanksgiving and delight every day.

Lin Yu Jie (Caleb)

“You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness.” Psalm 65:11 I was born in Hunan province, I had never heard of Christianity before I graduated from high school. I didn’t know what I was living for, I was unhappy and there was no peace in my heart.

God had mercy on me and brought me to Suoga Middle School as a teacher. There I met my wife. God was speaking to me by her. Maybe she was not pretty, but she was beautiful. She was warm-hearted and was always ready to help others. She was full of love and joy. I just wondered why she was like that, and she brought me to the church, where I found the answer. The first time I stepped into the church, I felt the peace I had never felt before.

… Because of my belief in God, I had a new life different from before. Before I knew God, I thought life was meaningless. There was no hope, no love, no peace, no joy in my heart. I even thought of suicide. But after I came to God, I was transformed by the renewing of my mind. Now my life is full of joy, happiness, peace, hope, and love. How good it is to be alive!

Ning Zuoqun (Paul)

Dear Christ Jesus, I experience more and more about your love and richness. I love you and want to be your appreciated and faithful servant. Please keep my feet on your way. Please hold my hands and lead me to the day when I meet you face to face. Your mercy and care will keep me to live in you. And also protect the church in my homeland. So she may be holy and have vivid testimony for your living name. In Jesus name I pray.

JiaoYu E

Putting God First

What is the most important thing in our life? Is the answer family or career? It is very important for everyone to have a loving family. Family is like a harbor. Career is also extremely important…

Yet I believe putting God first is the eternal subject of our life. Let us play the theme of our life, and write new chapters of our life. I hope everyone will let God have the first place in everything. May our lifetime is blessed before God because of such decisions.

Xu (Grace)

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