Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Journey Has Just Begun

When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them.  A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough.  When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened.  But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”  Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading. John 6: 16-21 (NIV)

On this beautiful Christmas Sunday morning, December 22, 2013, shortly after he received the baptism from the pastor, Mr. Chang walked up to the podium, referred his recent spiritual journey to the story of Jesus’ disciples: how they turned from the fear into the joy of being with their master and finally reached their destiny. 

“All our dreams are a little different,” he said softly, “but essentially and ultimately they are the same…” 

He also pointed out that without the help of his several friends in the last ten years he would not have been there sharing his story with the crowded congregation.

Throughout the span of that ten years, there were these  people who directly or indirectly affected Mr. Chang's decision making.  What behind the process, I believe, has been the moving touches of the Holy Spirit.

Mr. Chang has been a giant both in public offices and the business world.   During his adult life, before and after his retirement, he always keeps his sincere smiles and humble attitude toward the people he ever comes to contact. 

His helping hands seem to be everywhere and his kind heart can be felt across the Pacific Ocean. 

Mr. Chang has his way of sharing: always touching.  A day before his baptism, he gave me a book The Gift of Peace - a personal reflections by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.  The book was translated into Chinese "平安"  by S. N. Lin, MD.  I gladly accepted it and told him that I happened to know the Cardinal while I was in Chicago for more than 30 years. The Cardinal was like a loving father to the entire city of Chicago. 

A journey has just begun. 

Whether the steps are giant or small, it’s a journey of peace, grace and joy. 

And like those disciples in the boat, nobody would ever have to sail/walk alone.

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