Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Church service was good. I liked it tremendously.
Call it tradition, or whatever, but every Easter, I've grown accustomed to seeing a drama with a storyline that'll somehow involve the crucifixion, and Jesus eventually being raised from the dead. I've been in church for almost 9 years. And year after year, in CHC SG and CHCKL, the crucifixion has always been an integral part of Easter dramas.
This year was different. Very different. This year, it was a screening of a short film, called "Sixteen" about a boy with autism, and the challenges of living with it. They called it a short film, but I was honestly surprised by how short it really was. When the lights were on, and Pastor Kevin came on stage, I was like "What? That's it?". The film was decently done, and it did show the hardships of autistics, but I thought it was way too short.
Anyway, there was no Jesus, no crucifixion, no resurrection. Instead, it was inspired by what Jesus said; that if we ever helped anyone in need, we did it to Him. And for Easter, the focus was on the kids with autism. Our offerings would go towards an organization for children with autism. Pastor Kevin also told us about one guy's birthday. On his birthday, he decided to visit an orphanage with some friends, buy KFC for all of them, and donate a few thousand to the orphanage, which miraculously was the exact amount the orphanage needed to survive that month. Imagine on your birthday, instead of celebrating for yourself, you spend time, money and effort on making some children happier just for one day. That is an awesome and selfless birthday. I think Pastor Kevin spoke for nearly everyone when he said "I think through his actions, I feel like a sinner."
That is really inspiring. But to think whether I could do it, I honestly cannot answer. Can I be that selfless? I don't quite know right now. And what would be my intentions? To really bless the kids, or because I want to compare to that selfless guy? I have gone to charitable organizations and helped myself. Interesting that I never had any blog posts recording most of them. I visited Metta Home back in Singapore, which was a place for the mentally-handicapped. I helped out for JAMs church in CHC SG, which is a special service for mentally-handicapped people as well. I also visited an orphanage in Klang, and also helped out in United Voice before. I've done several visitations and the such. And it's a nice feeling. I remember in the orphanages the kids there enjoy any kind of company. They're so generous with their food (even though we're the ones who buy it for them, lol). The younger kids are obsessed with my hair, flattening it, climbing on me, asking whether I'm "Dragonball". It's cute. The older kids hold pretty good conversations, and appreciate the effort to visit.
Patience is also a factor. Mentally-handicapped people aren't the easiest to work with. Kids are easier and more fun, but they go crazy at times. Old folks often have language and topical barriers. Attending today's service reminded me of how much I've done before. But it also reminded me of how little it's been compared with other people. Like that selfless guy who shelled out his money and time. Like Khar Loo, who even till now, continues to visit YMCA to help disabled children. Granted our friendship is dead, but her dedication towards helping them cannot be denied.
And I hope it reminded everyone that whatever we did to someone, Jesus said we did it to Him.