A meme collection of major spiritual formation proponents, the major ideas, and texts
A meme collection of major spiritual formation proponents, the major ideas, and texts
Guidance for Churches in the Coronavirus Era
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted all of society including the church. Uncertainty about the future, economic hardship and a sense of loss has affected many members of the church. As we grapple with this crisis it is important to ask relevant questions about the future and look at this pandemic from a spiritual perspective.
While the COVID-19 pandemic poses a great challenge it also offers us a vital opportunity to reflect deeply on our lives, the church, our community and the direction we have been heading. We have an opportunity to let go of what distracts us from Christ and deepen and broaden our individual relationship with Him. It also allows for the transformation of the church by God. The church is the people, the body of Christ and not a physical building. Few of us are able to recognise that many of our current church systems and structures are traditions grown over years. What started as good ideas and a response to needs, became traditions and later fixed structures. We should be careful not to become dependent on our church systems but rather on the living God. This crisis allows for us to refocus on the needs of the people and a reformation of the church and ministry environments.
With this in view a number of us have attempted to spiritually discern what God is saying and have put together a document that tries to offer practical guidance for the church and individuals on how to move forward and support their congregation and community. At the same time it explores ideas on how the body of Christ can move from being ‘recipients’ to active followers of Jesus. Personal spiritual formation and ideas on church transformation are considered with a view to produce a vibrant and meaningful body of Christ, one that is immersed in the community.
The document covers many areas including:
The document is available for download from
The COVID-19 pandemic will probably be with us for the next 1-2 years and we must guard from slipping back to ‘business as usual’ once the threat is passed. It offers the church of our time to have a ‘great awakening’ – a time to live church rather than ‘go to church’. A time to discover God, not just our Saviour and Father, but also as Friend and Beloved, awaits us.
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Datin Dr Swee-Im Lim
Matthew Ling Ung-Hiing
Dr Alex Tang Tuck-Hon
5th May 2020
Email for any queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you moving beyond lament? How can we move beyond lament to be resilient people of faith?
Public webinar at STM-KL Centre. Moving Beyond Lament: Biblical, Pastoral, and Spiritual Perspectives on struggles, sufferings, and injustice.
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The Breath Prayer
Breath is life. Since the first human became animated by the breath of God, breathing is essential to being alive. When our breathing stops, our life ends. Our breathing thus is an intrinsic component of being alive. Jesus is God incarnate in a human body. Our bodies are now the temple of the Holy Spirit. The physical bodies in which our soul and spirit embody are Christ’s body on earth. So our bodies are sacred. Our breaths are sacred too as it is a gift of God, a means of grace, and a means of life. We pray with our minds using language. We can also pray with our bodies. The breath prayer is one of the early forms of prayer, started once we draw our first breath as a newborn baby. However, the breath prayer that we are using nowadays was formulated by the Desert Fathers and Mothers in the second to third Century C.E. Desert Fathers and Mothers were people who left the cities to go into the wilderness of the deserts of Syria, Palestine, and Egypt to be close to God. They were often solitary and committed their lives to prayer. From them came this tradition of prayer by being aware of our breathing. By intentional breathing slowing and still ourselves, we seek the presence of God. This is a form of wordless prayer, a contemplative type of prayer.
Them and Us
MSO Day 20 06 April 2020
Monday, Holy Week 2020
John 2:13–16 (NIV)
13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”
Matthew 21:12–13 (NIV)
12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”
It is all their fault. Serve them right. When we read the above accounts of Jesus clearing the temple of moneychangers and merchants, we applauded dispassionately. It was all their fault. Then we get into an academic discussion on whether Jesus cleared the temple once or twice, as there was mention of two Passovers. It was always their fault; the merchants, temple religious authorities, thieves, robbers, and other bad guys. Jesus was right to punish them. When the COVID-19 outbreak was first detected in China, we sat back smugly saying, serve them right for eating these exotic animals. The pandemic spread to the rest of the world and now it is our neighbor’s fault; those who attended religious gatherings or those unhygienic migrants workers from undeveloped countries. This separation of them and us is the result of our rationalization and the need to pass the blame. We need to maintain our sense of superiority and righteousness. We do this by dividing everyone into two categories. The ‘us’ who is good and the ‘them’ who is not. That is why we can read these two events of Jesus cleansing the temple dispassionately and in the third person. We are not involved. Jesus is not angry with us. We are the good guys.
The Holy Spirit will not let us be. He whispers in the core of our spiritual being that we are the sinners. We cheat, steal, lie, and take advantage of our fellow human beings like those Jesus drove out of the temple. There is no us and them. That is our sinful self-justification to allow us to hate someone else. With 1.2 million people infected, 69,480 deaths, 208 countries involved, with most areas under lockdown, this single molecular virus has brought the world as we knew it to a standstill. Even if we find a treatment or a vaccine tomorrow, our world will not be the same again. The fallout will include a worldwide depression. Millions of lives and families will be affecting many facing poverty and famine. In times like this, we need to hear a message of hope. Almost all pastors preaching online speaks of hope. And that is what the gospel is all about. It is a message of hope. We, however, need to learn about lamentations and repentance.
Lamentations is a grief process. We lament at the passing away of a way of life – pre-Covid life. It is a loss. We grieve for the millions of people affected directly and indirectly. Our grief is for those who had died, are struggling for their lives on ventilators in ICUs, and those suffering in quarantine. We are restless and grieve for the loss of personal freedom of movement and gathering. We grieve for the restriction of our religious activities. Now is the time for us to lament. The Book of Lamentations was about grief when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians. It was a lamentation of a people to help them cope with the loss of hope, and surprisingly to find hope. In the middle of the five chapters which made up the whole book, Jeremiah made this surprising statement, “ Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22–23 NIV).
We need to repent of our sins and our failures. This pandemic has us all confined to our homes. It forced us out of our hurried active lifestyle to a sort of hermitage existence. It threw away all the way we are used to doing church: Sunday worship in a huge auditorium, energy driving music, and activism in our church work. At one stroke, we are left ‘imprisoned’ in our homes with the bible and the Holy Spirit. This enforced time is an excellent time to review our spiritual life and our spiritual-faith-communities.
Was our spiritual life and church life worship acceptable to God?
Was it a performance designed to impress others?
Are our faith communities formative communities that empower every single one to edify each other and draw closer to God?
Are we just jumping from one program to another, like a hamster on a treadmill?
If our lifestyle and church are not acts of worship to God, then we really need to repent because it would not have been pleasing to God. The author of Chronicles stated, “… if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV). This verse contains a call to action, repentance, and a promise of hope.
Jesus cleansed the temple and in some ways, he may be cleansing us too because now we are the temple. In this time of a pandemic, there is a need for hope to sustain us. However, there is also a need to lament, and to repent. There is no them and us. We are all in this together. John Donne, an English poet, and Churchman wrote For Whom the Bells Toll
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
MSO Day 20
John Donne, Public Domain
It ain’t over till it’s over
Jeremiah 32:8–12 (NIV)
8 “Then, just as the Lord had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me in the courtyard of the guard and said, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. Since it is your right to redeem it and possess it, buy it for yourself.’
“I knew that this was the word of the Lord; 9 so I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel and weighed out for him seventeen shekels of silver. 10 I signed and sealed the deed, had it witnessed, and weighed out the silver on the scales. 11 I took the deed of purchase—the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions, as well as the unsealed copy—12 and I gave this deed to Baruch son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel and of the witnesses who had signed the deed and of all the Jews sitting in the courtyard of the guard.
At this stage of the MSO, many of us are existing in a state of limbo. Our earlier enthusiasm for learning new languages or writing a book is forgotten as we linger in our existential anguish. Some guys have given up shaving and others, house cleaning. We are COVID fatigued from the overconsumption of social media and streaming services. The prophet Jeremiah must have felt the same way as he was tied to a post in the courtyard of the royal palace for speaking out against the king. Outside Jerusalem was certain death as the Babylonians were besieging the city, much as the SARS-CoV-2 virus is besieging us today. It was in this context that Jeremiah made a real estate transaction. He bought a field in Anathoth! It would have seemed crazy to the guards in the courtyard and the rest of Jerusalem that Jeremiah bought this piece of land. Did Jeremiah not know that the Babylonians were camping on that piece of land? And when the Babylonians break through the city walls, the land title deed would be worth less than toilet paper!
It will seem to be the height of stupidity to have hope that there will still be a nation after the Babylonians are done with it. Eugene Peterson refers to Jeremiah buying a field,
“There is more here than Babylonians at the gate; there is God in your midst. Judgement is here. But don’t despair; it is God’s judgement. Face it. Accept the suffering. Experience the chastening action. God is not against you; he is for you. God has not rejected you; he is working with you. “It is a time for distress for Jacob; yet he shall be saved out of it” (Jer. 30:7).”Why do you cry over your hurt?…For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the LORD” (Jer 30:15,17).” (Run with the Horses, p.173)
Let us continue to spur one another to the hope that one day the pandemic will be over. We have to trust God that He will restore our civilization again. We do not know what will emerge post-Covid. Life will never be the same as before. We have to come to terms with that. It will not life as usual. It will be a new global era as we pick up the pieces after the pandemic. What is certain is that our faith in God should remain the same, if not stronger. God has not abandoned us. God is with us. He is our hope in these dark days. Jeremiah, in spite of all his sufferings, understood this. Jeremiah 32:42–43 (NIV)
42 “This is what the Lord says: As I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will give them all the prosperity I have promised them. 43 Once more fields will be bought in this land of which you say, ‘It is a desolate waste, without people or animals, for it has been given into the hands of the Babylonians.’
That is why Jeremiah bought the land. It was not a crazy act but one of hope and faith. Therefore, in this time of darkness and fear, let us invest in something that will be of value post-Covid-pandemic. God has shaken the world and reveals which is of value is not your portfolio, your titles, your assets, or your accomplishments. The people who are standing between us and total destruction are not the high flyers, the bankers, or politicians. It is ordinary people called to do a task – healthcare workers, delivery persons, sanitary workers, NGO workers, and others – who risk their lives daily. Those who have to leave their families and venture out to the battlefield daily. Not for money for often we do not pay them enough. But for duty and love for their fellow human beings.
Let us invest in the lives of others in these unsettling times. Here are some suggestions
This is not the end of our way of life. It is a stop, pause, and reset on our way of life. God is not done with us yet, and neither have we. As someone said, “It ain’t over till it’s over”.
MSO Day 19
03 April 2020
Ephesians 4:26–27 (NIV)
26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
Being cooped up in your home may be frustrating for many of us. We long for the freedom to leave our houses and walk about without restrictions. Those who live in small apartments long for open spaces. Even with our beloved family members, no matter how close, we need to have more personal space. The news is still scary and stressful. Anxiety builds up as we do not really know what is happening around us. We find it harder and harder to differentiate real from false news. Anxiety causes fear and anger. Fear (real or imagined) fill us with the unknown and worse case scenarios (avoid watching movies that deal with pandemics such as Andromeda Strain, Contagion, Outbreak, etc). Fear of being infected as we go to buy food and groceries. Even home deliveries may cause a fear of contamination and infection.
During these imposed stressful days, anxiety and fear are slowly being transformed into anger. For many of us, anger is just simmering under the surface and it takes just a little incident to set off. We explode like a volcano leaving our family or housemates bewildered and devastated. Domestic violence has increased in the last few days. So have decisions to consider divorce.
Anger is an emotion and there is nothing wrong with being angry. It is what we allow anger to cause us to act that is important. The Apostle Paul when he was addressing the Philippians did not forbid anger. He does not say, “Be not angry”. Paul did not forbid us to be angry. However, he does say do let your anger cause you to sin, and do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.
First, anger may lead us to do some stupid things that we will not do in normal times. In our fits of anger, it might feel right to throw around some furniture or punch someone or something. Binge-watching too much violent television shows or movies may make us feel that this is the right thing to do. Restrain yourself. Acknowledge that you are feeling angry. There is nothing wrong with having this emotion. Name it as your emotion. Say to yourself, “I am angry, I am very angry’. Let the emotion out without acting on it. Do not open your mouth to shout, nor move your body to strike it. You are better than Samson so feel your anger but do not act on it. Be angry but do not sin. All our anger outbursts have consequences.
I always use this illustration to remind myself of this. There was this young man who is always angry and he will go crazy when he was angry, throwing and breaking things. His father brought him to a wooden fence in their backyard and told the boy that every time he feels angry, use a hammer to hammer a nail into the fence. Every time he feels angry but is able to control the acting out of his anger, he is to remove a nail. Over time, as the boy becomes better able to deal with his anger, there was less and fewer nails on the fence. One day the boy brought his father to the fence and say with pride. “See! There are no nails on the fence. I am better at dealing with my anger now.” “Yes,” said the father sadly, “but look at the number of holes in the fence!” Our actions driven by our anger has consequences. Do not let these be bad consequences.
Second, do not let the sun go down on our anger. We start by acknowledging we are angry but refrain from acting out the emotion. Now we have to deal with the emotion itself. We have to ask ourselves “why are we angry?” What are the causes of our anger? We try to identify the triggers or buttons. Is it the confinement which begins to feel like a prison sentence? Is it our loved one whose constant presence is getting on our nerves?
Is there something we can do about these triggers or buttons? If there is, do it. Some housemates are driven crazy when their other housemates leave their clothes lying around all over the apartment. Talk to one another. Reveal what action the other does that is driving you crazy. Ask them to pick up their clothes and keep the apartment tidy. You will be surprised that most of the time, others are not aware that their actions are driving you wild.
If you cannot do anything about your triggers or buttons, find a quiet place where you can be alone for a while. Give yourself a time out. A bathroom or a closet may be useful. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Initially, you may notice that you are breathing fast. Try to slow down your breathing as much as you can. Imagine that you are in a beautiful scenic place with bright sunshine, green grass, blue still lake and snowcapped mountains in the background. As you slow your breathing imagine your anger is like flower petals in your hand. Release them and let the gentle breeze blow them away. You may like to pray that Jesus will take away these petals. When you are feeling calm, open your eyes and give thanks to God in prayer. Deal with your anger immediately. Do not postpone dealing with it because it may escalate.
Living in close quarters in these terrifying times for a prolonged period is challenging. It is normal to feel anger. It is how we deal with this emotion that is important. Again Paul notes, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Colossians 3:13 NIV).” May we all have nice backyard fences, not full of nail holes!
MCO Day 10 27 March 2020
Anxiety is Spiritual and Emotional Bondage
Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Anxiety is an insidious emotion. It is a stealth emotion which with time become invisible to our consciousness and awareness. Many of us must be feeling this by now, the 10th day of our Movement Control Order (MCO). The worsening of the situation in certain areas is not reassuring. By now, many of us are not feeling anything. We are suffering from COVID fatigue syndrome. Our senses have been overwhelmed, our mind tries to distance ourselves and we feel nothing. Our emotions are flat. It is not true that we feel nothing. We feel anxious but this anxiety is so well hidden from our awareness that we just feel numb. An overdose of anxiety makes us feel numb, disorientated and distanced from our lives. We do not care anymore. There is no motivation to do anything. We just want to be couch potatoes consuming endless mindless entertainment. We sleep but wake up tired. We are disturbed and do not feel any peace. We know we should do something useful but just have no energy or motivation to do it. We are all in anxiety bondage.
Anxiety is an emotion and there is nothing wrong about being anxious. Being thinking and rational beings we should feel anxious. I feel anxious every morning when I leave for work because I do not know whether I will be infected by the SARS-CoV-19 virus from the next patient I treat. This anxiety is good because it makes me more vigilant in making sure I can practising the anti-infection protocol diligently. Paul in his Letter to the Philippians is not saying we should not feel anxiety. Paul does not condemn us for being anxious. He is asking us to master anxiety and do not let anxiety master us. And this is remarkable because it is likely that Paul was a prisoner when he wrote this. If anyone should be anxious, it should be Paul! Prisons are not pleasant places and Paul has no idea whether he would be tortured or executed. Yet, Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation…” (Phil.4:6a).
Trust is the antithesis of anxiety. In trust, we place ourselves in the hand of One who is sovereign, who is in control of all things. Anxiety is living in fear in an environment we have no control over. We embrace this trust when we pray. Paul continues,”… by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Phil.4:6b). In our prayers, we make our requests to God. We place before him our specific needs. Being our Father, we know that he will answer and give us what we need, not what we want. There is sometimes a difference between our needs and wants. A child may want lots of ice-cream for dinner but we know what the child need is a meal with rice/bread, meat, and vegetables. We are also asked to pray with thanksgiving. Gratitude is a good attitude to cultivate. Praying with thanksgiving is not reminding God what he has done but reminding ourselves about what God has done for us. If God has been so generous and gracious in the past, will he not do the same now?
Remembering what God has done for us and be grateful to him, and have the assurance that God listens to all our prayers helps us to build trust. This trust in God is the instrument to break the spiritual and emotional bondage of anxiety. As we continue in our daily life we will feel anxiety. It is useful to memorize Phil.4:6. The following further steps may help
A pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. We do not know when this lockdown will end. We do not know how many more people will die. We do not know whether we will have jobs when this is over. There are too many unknowns and these are anxious times. Paul the prisoner reminds us not to be anxious but to pray and trust in God.
27 March 2020
One Anothering in COVID Lockdown
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
I just finished a wonderful fellowship with a group of students on Zoom. The students are part of a University fellowship and I was invited to be part of it. I must confess that I am feeling quite down after 7 days of Movement Control Order (MCO) which is a partial lockdown in Malaysia. I am staying alone and being constantly bombarded with the current news on the COVID-19 pandemic status in Malaysia and the rest of the world is not helpful to maintain an optimistic outlook. The news is grim with stormy seas ahead. I am lucky in the sense that I am a doctor so I can go to work and get out of my house every day. However, I will be walking into a virus dense area like a hospital, where I can easily catch the virus from my patients, which is not too heartening. Yes, I was feeling down.
Being involved in a group, even in a virtual one where we pray, worship in songs, share, and care for one another encouraged me. These young people are very committed to their faith and being with them reminds me that I too belong to the One who stilled the storm and parted the sea. Their youthful enthusiasm drives my old-man cynicism away. Yes, one can become cynical in the faith when one grows older, especially if one is theologically trained. To paraphrase John Wesley, I am ‘strangely warmed’. It is true that fire burns brightly but an ember that has fallen out will soon grow cold. Thank you, my dear brothers and sisters.
We, humans, are social being and we need one another. No one can be strong alone. We need to be in the company with others. One ‘blessing’ of this pandemic is that it has driven the Church out of bricks and mortar buildings into gatherings of faith communities. We are just discovering the delights and benefits of virtual faith communities. It took a while to change our mindset but we are just beginning to realize that there is no such thing as ‘real’ (as in flesh and blood) and ‘virtual’ (as in digital) communities. Virtual communities are just the digital extension of our real communities. This is what Church is like in an interconnected digital world and it takes the disruption of a pandemic to helps us see that.
The unknown author of Hebrews reminds us in Hebrews 10:25 of “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” This is wisdom speaking because we as the body of Christ belong to each other. It is my hope that Christians find more and more creative ways of meeting together until such times when we can safely meet again face-to-face.
Take care, stay home, stay safe.
24 March 2020
MSO Day 5 21 March 2020
Stop, Pause, Reset
Matthew 4:1–3 (NIV)
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Before Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, he was baptized by John the Baptist. After he was baptized he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and heard a voice saying “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:13-17). It must have been a powerful spiritual epiphany for Jesus. Then he was whizzed to the wilderness or desert. He was in the wilderness or desert for forty days and nights. The temptations by the tempter only came at the end of the forty days and nights. I wonder what will have been Jesus’ experience during these long days and nights. This may be likened to a silent retreat for those who have experienced a prolonged one like the Ignatian thirty-day retreat. One similar to being confirmed to a house or apartment like during the present pandemic and Movement Control Order (MCO).
Being in the wilderness or desert is a disruption to the routine of our everyday life so we can face two fundamental questions of our souls: “Who are we?” and “Whose are you?” Jesus needs to pause, stop, and reset. He needs forty days and nights to sort it through. The three temptations are his final exams. In our present condition of a ‘lockdown’, perhaps God has led us into a situation where we have to stop, pause, and reset concerning these two fundamental questions of our lives: “Who are we?” and “Whose are we?” And to reexamine our lives and then decide how we shall then proceed to live the rest of our lives.
We should take this disruption of the routine of our daily lives as a blessing. Whether we are in MSO stay-at-home, stay-at-hostel, enforced-quarantine, or self-quarantine, take this opportunity as a gift from God. The wilderness is a dangerous place. The coronavirus is a dangerous virus. The number of deaths and infected persons in Malaysia keeps increasing. Worldwide, the pandemic is bringing the whole of civilization to a halt. So we are confined. This gives us a unique opportunity to step away from the comfort and safety of our everyday life to have a correct perspective of life, especially the direction our lives are heading.
Let us use this opportunity to reexamine our values and life-headings. Let us re-ask the questions; “Who are we?” and “Whose are we?” The first deal with our identity and the second our vocation or calling in this life. This is exactly what the devil’s temptations are all about. The first temptation deals with Jesus’ identity and the second and third, Jesus’ vocation or calling. Do we operate out of our false self or our true self? Our false self is an idealized persona we created based on what we think others think of us. Its manifestations are the accumulation of wealth, fame, status, titles, and accolades. The true self is who God created to be. It seeks our true identity in Christ. Its manifestation is to bear the fruit of the Spirit and to grow into Christlikeness. The second question is closely linked to the first. Only our true self belongs to God. And if we belong to God, we shall seek to live our lives according to his teachings and love.
So spend the days of ‘pause’ to re-examine your lives. The coronavirus pandemic strips away our pretensions of what is important in life. Imagine if you are infected and know that you are going to die soon. What do you think are the things or persons you will like to spend more time with before you die? If you are infected, there will be no wake or funeral. The hospital will cremate you at once. Therefore, ask questions of your life in these areas:
This is to decide how you will live your life from this time forward. A resetting of your life based on your re-examination on who you are and whom do you belong to. Our lives are not ours to do as we please. We are given a life each to live for a purpose. We can only live our life here on earth once. Unlike computer games, there is no second or third life to live again. Use your ‘stop’ time to prayerfully and meditative plan out a rule of life. A rule of life will help you to keep to your reset pathway and prevent you from being sidetracked.
Jesus was able to effectively overcome the temptations because he was led into a deeper understanding of who he is and what he is called to be in his time in the wilderness or desert. Use this time in MCO stay-at-home wisely. Use it as a stop-pause-reset in your spiritual journey.
22 March 2020
MCO Day 5
COVID-19 Pandemic in Malaysia
Number of Death: 8
Number of Infected: 1,183