晨光通訊 FLC Newsletter September 2020
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「 我觀看神給世人的擔子，使他們在其中勞苦： 神造萬物，各按其時成為美好，又將永恆安放在世人心裏；然而 神從始至終的作為，人不能測透。」(傳道書 3: 10-11)
(Ellen Lam 譯)
--- A Word from Centre Director ---
Dear brothers, sisters and friends,
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:…a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4)
“I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:10-11)
A friend of mine is one of the fortunate people who has recovered from COVID-19. He spent a week in the intensive care unit, but only realised how dire his situation was when he started to read more about the virus after he was discharged from the hospital. He came to understand why I was so worried about him when he was taken to the hospital. I was very happy for him and his family and thanked God when he was well enough to be discharged from the hospital.
COVID-19 is still ravaging many parts of the world, much more severely than what we have experienced here in Sydney. As medical scientists find out more about this virus, we now know that not only can it be lethal, the infection can also be so debilitating that some patients take months to leave the hospital. Furthermore, there may also be long term physical and mental health sequelae to some individuals.
Our counselling team has seen firsthand the damaging emotional and social impacts of the pandemic. Since the advent of the pandemic, we have been helping more people suffering from depression, anxiety, marriage tension, family and relationship problems as a result of the stressful economic, work and family situations caused by the pandemic. A greater number still may suffer poorer mental health and relationship stress as the pandemic continues.
We particularly wish to thank our donors who have given generously in June to sustain our service so that we can continue to help people overcome their problems during this most challenging and stressful time in our life time.
The world is weeping and mourning not just for the hundreds of thousands of people that have been lost through COVID-19, but the greater number of people suffering serious economic hardship caused by the pandemic. Many are also experiencing great emotional pain and worries because of the additional serious social and political turmoil and tension happening in many parts of the world, including our homeland.
No matter where we are in Australia or elsewhere, the fears, worries and concerns will last for a while yet. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” but the problems we have right now will all pass in time. To deal with all these worries in our mind, it would help if we can tune into whatever we are feeling, gently accept its presence and understand that this is a passing experience.
In the meantime, it is also important that we avoid contracting or spreading the coronavirus. We must continue to take great care and follow health advice. We should remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions – wearing masks, washing hands, maintaining social distance, and isolating ourselves for 14 days if needed, etc.
Every cloud has a silver lining. Recently we hear that promising vaccines are being evaluated in clinical trials in some countries. We may finally be seeing signs of hope in this gloomy situation. If things go well, an effective vaccine may be available next year. We must gather all our fortitude and wait patiently for the better days to come.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
May the grace of the Lord be upon you and your family especially at this challenging time!
1. We continue to pray for the recovery of those who suffer from COVID-19. We pray for His comfort for those who have lost their loved ones. We pray for good health, wellbeing and peace for all those who are affected by the pandemic situation. We also pray that effective medical treatment and vaccine for the virus will soon be discovered.
2. We continue to pray for Hong Kong and for the many people and families in Hong Kong and around the world who are stressed and worried by the current situation. May His faith, hope, love, justice, peace and reconciliation be bestowed upon us all.
3. Please pray for appropriate workers to be called to join and serve on the Pastors Renewal Ministry.
4. We thank the donors for their generous donations in helping this ministry to meet its current financial needs. Their giving has also enabled the setting up of a Building Fund to equip the ministry in a longer term to continually serving the community in need.
Cantonese Seminars 粵語研討會
1. 如何幫助孩子控制屏幕時間？ How to Help Children Control their Screen Time?
2. 婚姻的互動形態與衝突處理 The Interactive Form of Marriage and Conflict Management
3. 靜觀．焦慮 Mindfulness…. Anxiety
English Seminars 英語研討會
1. Bonding with Your Child in the Early Years
Date: 3/10/2020 (Saturday)
2. How to Play with Your Toddler
Date: 7/11/2020 (Saturday)
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
閱讀小組 Reading Group
Be a Good Friend to Yourself (From Self-criticism to Self-kindness)
2020 国语夫妇成长课程 - 成功婚姻必修课
讲員Speaker: 宋晓玲女士 Ms Joy Song (资深家庭教育者)