2017 Jul - Message from Pastor Rosita Lee
The weather has been great recently and I took the opportunity to visit Edwards Garden. Some beautiful red and white tulips called "Canada 150" were on display there. The colours were the same as those of our maple leaf national flag. How well-advanced is today's technology that they could develop such beautiful blossoms! As I was getting ready to take pictures of these flowers, I discovered that, in the midst of the many red and white tulips, there was a purple tulip. And as I walked a little bit further, I found an orange tulip, again, among all the red and white tulips. I was wondering if it was the intentional arrangement of the gardener, or if it was caused by problems during the breeding process. However, whatever the colours of the tulips, they are all beautiful creations by our almighty Creator!
The book of Proverbs in the Bible chapter 10 verse 5 says: ‘He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,’, and also in chapter 30 verse 25:’ Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;’ Just like these ants, we should also start storing up during the summer.
First of all, we need to store up good health. In the Brain Health Dance Class, we have a saying: "do more physical exercise to improve health." Participating in our Community Services activities helps us to exercise. We can even memorize the steps and styles of the movements so that we can practice them at home during the winter times, when it is not convenient to go out.
The second thing to store up is information: the workshops held every Thursday provide rich information. Storing up the information would benefit not only ourselves, but also others who are in need, with whom we share the stored-up information.
The third thing to store up is friendship: a few friends said that they have much fun and laughter in the knitting classes. When someone is sick, a friend would provide diet recipes; in cases of difficulties someone will pray for you. While we are knitting sweaters and scarves, we are also knitting together threads of true friendship at the same time!
Lastly, we need to store up God's grace: during the May 24 volunteer retreat, many volunteers shared their joy in serving in Community Services. They not only have the chance to serve people, but also experience God’s kindness and faithfulness, how wonderful!