Do I not fiill Heaven and Earth? Says the Lord.Now the Word is made flesh and laid in a narrow manger. From beginning to etetnity you are God. And now we see you as newborn child.
Christ the light of the world has come to dispel the darkness of our hearts. In his light, let us examine ourselves and confess our sins.God our father you sent your son full of grace and truth,forgive our failure to receive Him. Jesus our saviour you were born in poverty and laid in a manger.Forgive our greed and rejection of your ways.
Today Christ is born. Today the Saviour has come.Today the angels sing on earth.MERRY CHRISTMAS and a
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Let us join hands together in welcoming the Christmas season. I would like to greet the blogging community as well as those that are the heart and soul of the world of blogging- the readers of all nationalities. Let us be joined together in love, unity and peace just as the message that the season brings which God purposely willed in order to save us through his son Jesus’ birth on Christmas day!
Coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat finds time to seek help on behalf of the beleaguered country : “South Floridians, we can relate to storms where you just brace and hold your breath and even when you’re holding your breath you know the worst is coming.That’s how it felt with this. My family is fine. But some regions have just been slammed. They’re going to need a lot of help. As soon as we started getting more updates, it was a no-brainer to get involved with UNICEF and the NBA. Micky, the Heat have been phenomenal.” Thank you to the Miami Heat organization for reaching out to the Philippines to the tune of 1 Million Dollars.Spoelstra has often spoken of the pride he takes in his Filipino-American heritage, and when he was approached to help with relief efforts, he did not hesitate to commit.
After this harrowing experience gripping the middle part of the nation, the people are ready to move on and to muster every strength needed from the debilitating pain they suffered from loss of lives and property — children ( pls see photo) are out and about ready to rumble through the streets playing a pick up game of basketball from an improvised wooden goal post, a pile of debris providing a backdrop.They would like to put this thing at the back of their minds and move on. [Note photos provided did not originate from author,but would like to thank those who shared the pix from blogger-friends.]
Upon hearing that a ship loaded with stockpiles of books is going to dock at the Sultan Qaboos Port at Muttrah in Oman where I am currently based I did not hesitate a minute to schedule a rare chance to walk up the ship’s gangway to see the floating bookfair. It also is undoubtedly a long furlough for me from blogging as I needed a long rest from work. It seems rightly timed that the arrival of the ship that seeks to minister to a lot of people needing help physically,psychologically,emotionally and spiritually was at a time that I really need to get back to blogging.And so to all my followers of Cliffhangercorner I would like say in particular my elation to getting back to writing and my apologies for the lost time.
In today’s world where books has been showing a decline in popularity in favor of cyberspace technology, it has become increasingly difficult to sway the the young population to curb internet usage in favor of the books as a guide for research in school activities and the like. I still believe that books can still make a difference especally in bringing knowledge to people of all ages all over the world like what the GBA Ships are doing. I learned that GBA stands for Good Books for All. Enter the MV Logos Hope– A 40-year -old reconditioned ship (Built in 1973) that was formerly commissioned as a ferry ship in northern Europe, only to be converted into a floating bookfair. It truly gives a lot of joy and upliftment and fullfills a lot of hope to many people around the world.The key to making the ship floating and getting warm acceptance worldwide for the past several years and hopefully many more years to come have been the purpose for which it had been rebuilt which is, imparting hands-on knowledge to those who want to develop job skills and enhance their learning. There are those who might want to desire a study program yet are unable to because they can’t afford, the various books on display are up for grabs at low prices in exchange of a truly good literature. MV Logos Hope extends community service as well in the form of relief aid as the need arise.They function as a moving ship on the watch and used as a channel of God’s blessings to many.The ship boasts of a crew most of whom are volunteers extending courtesy and providing inspiration to others by the services they are providing with a view to focusing on the needs of others.They pass on the message of hope to others thru their life-changing experiences and how they were gifted with blessings and happy that their hopes were not dashed away but otherwise fulfilled.
Finally the day of visit was set on a beautiful Saturday evening of Oct 6,2013. I gathered that since the launch into active service in February 2009, the MV Logos has been in several regions: Northern Europe, the Caribbean, West Africa, the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, and most recently south Asia.
Logos Hope provides a better quality of life for the crew as well as a wider range of activities for visitors and guests The newly created Logos Hope Experience (which I was not able to see at the time of my visit) holds up to 800 visitors at any one time, with capacity to host an additional 700 in the Hope Theatre and Logos Lounge.This publicly accessible deck offers visitors an introduction to the vessel and the organisation, a book fair featuring over 5,000 different titles of educational and Christian books, a visual presentation called the Journey of Life, which is based on the biblical story of the “Prodigal Son”, and the International Cafe.Titles cover a wide range of subjects, such as science, sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts, philosophy, medicine and children’s books, as well as faith in God and Christian living.
Having taken her turn to take a close up view of the tomb of prophet Job, my wife’s fascination and life story of Job as written in the Holy Bible, made this long trip to Salalah from Muscat by road travel lasting 12 hours all the more memorable. Here in this photo, as all other female visitors,the scarf requirement is a sign of respect to the place.
What’s the History of Job’s Tomb?Interesting historical facts on Prophet Job Location: Salalah, a windy, cold city in time of summer during the neo assyrian era 700 BC brings us back to the life of Job the prophet who had his faith tested to the limits.He died and later was buried here. As to how anyone would like to know where they can find this very intriguing place, the city of Salalah, located in the south of Oman is the answer. It is beautifully situated between coconut plantations and banana groves, extending along a coast with pristine beaches. It is here, amidst the breath-taking scenery, where Job’s Tomb can be found, nestled in the mountains. After a 40-minute drive through winding roads and picturesque valleys, the grave of the prophet is located in a small house near a mosque.
A faith that stood out thru the test of time in Job.
Job was the hero of the biblical Book of Job. As recounted in the Bible, Job was a man of such great devotion to the extent that Satan was allowed by God to test his faith.When Job’s children were killed, and his possessions destroyed and all that was left in him was a dying body that was afflicted with plague from head to toe, Job never expressed anger at God nor questioned his undying devotion. And as a reward for his steadfastness, God gave him even more possessions than he had previously had. Job died in style- an extremely wealthy man, with many camels and children. Job’s tomb in Salalah is where this biblical hero, revered by Muslims, Jews and Christians worldwide, is said to have been laid to rest.Inside the tomb is a long mound covered reverently with brightly coloured cloths. Another noticeable adornment is a chart listing the names of various prophets. An open air enclosure near the tomb has prayer rugs scattered on the ground for pilgrims.
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen : There will be something solid for you to stand on, or, you will be taught how to fly.