|Standing at the taxiway in Bandung:|
yes, they drive right by passengers.
|Table inset at Changi Airport|
Thailand is beautiful, colorful, and welcoming, top to bottom.
|Glimpse of beauty, walking by a boutique hotel|
(fabric walls, faux flower chandeliers)
|Even the street signs are pretty|
|Orchids. Everywhere. Every kind imaginable|
Thais buy a spirit house (altars) for every corner, in parking lots, and in front of businesses and homes, hoping to appease good spirits, who - Buddhists hope - will see the food offered and scare away bad spirits. Here are a few of the hundreds we saw:
|Even poolside is religious|
|If you build it, we'll sit on it|
|Tangles of wires overhead|
2 guys on a steel ladder.
|Stormy skies above the hotel|
|Tropical carpets underfoot|
|Statues outside an art gallery|
|Royal navy ship docking on the coast|
|Night market seafood (5 huge breaded prawns@$1.50)|
Time with international coworkers is the most precious gift of all. These workers love people and seek God's peace for the nations.
|Thais venerate their noble family|
with a plethora of photo signs and altars
|A table at the seaside|
We learn and evaluate. And too soon we disperse to our homes throughout Asia Pacific.
|Whew: the "pimped" ceiling and walls in our airport van|
|Colorful seats on Thai Air|
*We praise you, God,
You say, “I choose the appointed time; When the earth and all its people quake, Do not lift your horns against heaven;
No one from the east or the west It is God who judges: hIn the hand of the is a cup he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
As for me, I will declare this forever; who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,
*Lord, your decrees are my delight, they are my counselors. Psalm 119:24
*Do not fear the reproach of others, and do not be dismayed when they revile you. Isaiah 51:7
*Jesus’ parents found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Luke 2:46
Moravian Prayer: Lord over all, help us to remember that we are all sinners, saved only by your merciful grace. Help us to resolve in our own individual hearts a sincere desire and need to come before you in prayer.
Most gracious and loving Father, Jesus was found in the temple listening and asking questions; let us, O Lord, also be found daily seeking your rich words of wisdom and truth as proclaimed in Scripture. Amen.