After more than 20 years of living in Hong Kong, I confess I still don’t speak Cantonese. Additionally, like many other English speakers, I have learned that the Chinese character for crisis – is a combination of the characters “danger” and “opportunity.” This translation was highlighted in a journal for missionaries in China in the 1930’s. Over the years the phrase has been used by world and business leaders, and motivational speakers. However, after some fact checking, experts suggest that the translation is a bit of a stretch; a misinterpretation that has gone mainstream.
Although the translation of the character may be suspect, the fact remains that what is happening in our city has indeed been an opportunity to incite more prayer. I have never seen so many churches promoting prayer for Hong Kong. Last week on our prayer-walk we even met a lady from another church who was also prayer-walking. Challenges often remind us that we need to depend on God, ‘fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and protecter of our faith.’ (Heb. 12:2)
Paul writes in Philippines, "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (4:6-7)
We read in Deuteronomy, "Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (31:6)
The fact is, the word of God gives us promises that we can trust. May we be calmed and quieted in the full knowledge that God is with us and promises not to forsake us. May we find opportunities to reflect the love of God and pray. Please join us today after each of the services for a time of prayer.
Peace and blessings,