During my Taipei trip, I visited the iconic Eslite book store and relaxingly strolled the massive bookstore checking the latest release. My eyes was caught by a black & white historic image of an Asian woman’s head being cut off by a long sword, in her arm she was still holding a small baby in her chest. This is an extremely horrific book cover and the the book title is Nanjing massive Rape-sacre, it’s supposed to be the Nanjing Massacre but the Chinese character ‘rape’ has been used in a way that it means massive rape and also massacre. I took the book and read for a long while as I have never seen a collection of writings with so many images of the historic incidents. All the images were appalling and I cannot believe why human beings could become so evil to that extent as I believe the soldiers were not even on drugs or under chemical’s influences. The way they treated the women and the Chinese were beyond words. The moment I closed the book, I wonder what I should do. Should I buy the book or? I saw some Japanese passed me by at the bookstore, I thought of my mom saying she hates Japanese. I asked myself, what is the out-take of knowing this event? I know God only wants us to be aware of historic events and be mindful not to repeat it in any way. Just like the 4 June Massacre – if the Chinese people has been through being murdered, why would they do to their own race, own people? Look at Syria, why is war and killing of civilians still happening now in 2012. It’s 75 years already since the last war broke. Have we not progressed at all? Why human being would choose to let Satan over-take us?
Quote of the Day
Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations who delight in war.
I pray to God that one day we will stop all wars and bring peace to the land where God has created for us.
If it’s natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
Went to see the award-winning film “A Simple Life” with family and it happened the film shot so much story about the elderly in HK, their community homes and their finale time as the story narrates how a master treated the old helper who spent over 60 years of her time with the household, and finally got too old and ill has to be sent to elderly home for the rest of her life. It’s not something new to me at all but I think it has shown a lot more to my family. I am so glad my mom went as the next time if I go visit the elderly, I am sure she could visualize so much more what I do and where I go. HK is not alone, Japan is probably the country who has the oldest population, on average people live up to 80 years old, and in 20 years, one in three Japanese will be older than 65 years old and there are more and more lonely deaths there. Meaning people are found dead in their homes alone, there are thousands of kodokushi every year now, all the lonely people. It’s also reported that “more than 30,000 Japanese seniors are arrested every year for shoplifting. Many of those arrested told police they stole out of feelings of boredom and isolation, rather than any economic necessity.’’ This is extremely sad when longevity has always been perceived as a sign of bliss and when you have no one accessible to you, long life could well turn to be a curse. What can we do to turn this around? Make friends and befriend with the needy ones, partners and family could one day become non-existent but God’s love for you is eternal. Turn God’s love to be the life-stream of someone else.
Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!
1 Samuel 25:6
I pray to God that He would empower my patience and heart for the needy ones.
When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.
The incident that the Mayor of Nagoya, Mr Takashi Kawamura made a remarks that the Japanese only made a conventional acts of combat instead of the massacre has caused Nanjing to break the sister city relationship with Nagoya. Mayor further explained his thoughts by saying his father had been treated kindly by residents when he was based there in 1945 – something that would not have happened if Japanese troops had committed atrocities there in 1937. This is one of the most amazing thing I have ever heard and I indeed feel sorry for this Japanese man that he has demonstrated his complete ignorance and refusal of accepting the fact that there are chance that people could be wrong, and as long as we could repent – turning around, there would be forgiveness and liberation ultimately. With his mentality and sense of value, I wonder how he can put a city in good operation for Japan. There are so many Japanese who have admitted what their country men have done wrong in previous generations and I look forward to seeing also the forgiveness of many Chinese nowadays to remove grudges from their heart. Chinese also have killed many at wars and others such as the people in Tibet. We see specks in other people’s eyes but forget about the plank in our own.
How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
I pray to God that we will stay forgiving just like how God has incessantly forgives us.
There are five things which no one is able to accomplish in this world: First, to cease growing old when he is growing old; Second, to cease being sick; Third, to cease dying; Fourth, to deny dissolution when there is dissolution, Fifth, to deny non-being.