These thoughts have been swirling in my mind but I hardly have time to sit down to pen them down. My schedule today starts at 8 am because I wanted to arrive early at the Georgetown Baptist Church.
Before that, let me roll back to last night. CM Lim Guan Eng visited the Reservoir Garden Baptist Church at midnight. Somehow in one way or another, I had a conversation with Rev. Koe earlier in the day. I thought he knew CM is going to GBC but he didn’t. So, as usual, in his chirpy self, he joked why CM goes there and not his church as RGBC is in CM’s Air Putih constituency.
I kepoh sms and related what Rev Koe said. And never thought about it until almost midnight when CM’s press sec asked me if there are people in RGBC. I panicked of course. VIP going at that hour, who would be in church lah.
But I phoned Rev. Koe and he assured me there will be people. He rushed over.. When CM’s visit was over, he told me they had some youth BBQ so there was a group of people. Phew…Thank God.
To many people, this is probably one of those politicians gimmick of being in the thick of action. I too agree that it is, in a way. But I know CM and I have faith that he is caring and concern about his people.
So, after a short filming at GBC, I head over to the Dewan Bandaraya building to see the new councilors swearing in ceremony. Then, a reporter told me he is going to St. Xavier to film some Indian Muslims event. I love the idea of being in SXI. So, I tagged along.
I like to see the positive side of things. When I was with the Indian Muslims, I feel a certain security that we in Penang are living in very harmonious situation.
Actually, I was the only Chinese there. Kekekeke.
My conclusion is, these incidents have brought people closer. We forged a certain bond. Some people who hardly go to church begins to feel that they should be there to show solidarity.
As with everything, we shall overcome. I am glad that our Catholic church has taken a very mild approach. In fact, Father Joe Stephens did not even bring up the issue today during mass. He being who he is, someone who is very fiery and talks about justice, had kept quiet. I suppose it is not easy.
This is the time when people are put to test. Bad politicians, bad administrators and all will be weeded out. The time when the wheat is separated from the chaff. The time when we are put in a furnace and only the gold remains.
That’s what the Almighty has in store for us. Are we strong, patience, calm, loving, understanding, wise and caring enough to withstand it?
Oh ya, when I was going out of church today, I met my RCIA facilitator. He remembered me. I forgot his name. But we used to correspond when I was going through my RCIA. He described himself as a radical Catholic. He said something to me, “I am glad that the Pakatan Rakyat leaders are standing together with us.” So, I told him, “Hey, that’s me who did the videos!” He said, Oh..you are that Lilian.
He was utterly proud of me. It is beautiful. After six years of baptism, today on the Baptism of the Lord, I received affirmation that turning to Christ has transformed me.
Thank you, Lord. And thank you Lord that Albert or is it Andrew or is it Nicholas (gah I cannot remember) said Pakatan Rakyat leaders standing with us makes a difference.