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The Great Preacher

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I remember
growing up in one of the
oldest towns in Pahang, Malaysia.
I attended church every Sunday.
Church services were held
at the parsonage
as there were only about
twenty members at that time.
On special occasions,
our Pastor would let us
watch Billy Graham’s 
evangelistic rally 
on a VCR.
I was a teenager
the first time I watched
this charismatic
preacher on TV.
I was blown away
by Billy Graham’s
sincere and moving message
of God’s love and hope.
And I enjoyed his sense of humor.
I wished our Pastor would
deliver his sermons
just like him.
A preacher who could
awaken our souls and
not make us fall asleep.
Billy Graham had
inspired my faith 
but I wouldn’t say
I am religious,
perhaps more spiritual.
But what I am sure is that
I believe in God,
the creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in His word,
love and grace.
And I believe
in the power of prayer.

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Billy Graham (1918 – 2018)

Memorable quotes by Billy Graham:
“Take one day at a time. Today, after all, is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”
“We say to our children, ‘Act like grown-ups,’ but Jesus said to the grown-ups, ‘Be like children.’
“They asked her (Ruth Graham) did she ever think about divorce and she said, ‘No, I’ve never thought of divorce in all these 35 years of marriage, but,’ she said, ‘I did think of murder a few times.’”
“The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.”
“God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.”
“God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”
“The message I preach hasn’t changed. Circumstances have changed. Problems have changed, but deep inside man has not changed, and the gospel hasn’t changed.”
“We are the Bibles the world is reading; we are the creeds the world is needing; we are the sermons the world is heeding.”
“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.”
“During all my years as an evangelist, my message has always been the Gospel of Christ. It is not a Western religion, nor is it a message of one culture or political system . . . it is a message of life and hope for all the world.”
“Someone asked me recently if I didn’t think God was unfair, allowing me to have Parkinson’s and other medical problems when I have tried to serve him faithfully. I replied that I did not see it that way at all. Suffering is part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to him in trust and confidence.”
“The moment we take our last breath on earth, we take our first in heaven.”

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Meowy Christmas, everyone!

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My Christmas purrrayer…
Dear Lord,
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Please send sunshine and smiles to all those grumpy faces;

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May those who feel cold, weak or lonely find strength and comfort;

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And may we stay united, be at peace and love one another!

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AMeWn!

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Voice In The Mist
The time draws near the birth of Christ:
The moon is hid; the night is still;
The Christmas bells from hill to hill
Answer each other in the mist.
Four voices of four hamlets round,
From far and near, on mead and moor,
Swell out and fail, as if a door
Were shut between me and the sound:
Each voice four changes on the wind,
That now dilate, and now decrease,
Peace and goodwill, goodwill and peace,
Peace and goodwill, to all mankind.
– Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Why, Lord? – NBC

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“Why, Lord?” I cried
when I heard about the massacre
in Las Vegas that night.
I recall the last such incident
that I prayed and wished
it would be the last.
Why did this lone gunman kill 
all those innocent people?
Was it because of too much hatred
and lack of love?
Was he distraught, brainwashed
or think he can play God?
But who am I to question you, Lord.
For your thoughts are not my thoughts.
I pray that you’ll comfort
the families that are grieving,
those who got hurt and need speedy healing.
I plead for you to stir and awaken
the hearts of those in power
to make it a little harder for
 a reckless man like him
to gun down people.
May we who feel so powerless
continue to stand strong in unity 
and do our small part
to make this world a safer
and better place to live.

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Cat Prayer ฅ(≚ᄌ≚)

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray this cushy life to keep.

I pray for toys that look like mice,

And sofa cushions, soft and nice.

I pray for gourmet kitty snacks,

And someone nice to scratch my back,

For windowsills all warm and bright,

For shadows to explore at night.

I pray I’ll always stay real cool

And keep the secret feline rule

To never tell a human that

The world is really ruled by cats!

-Author Unknown

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Serenity Prayer – Reinhold Niebuhr

God, grant me
the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
Amen.
– Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)