This is a hymn that I learnt to sing in one of the hymnal sessions in the theological course. As the year is drawing to the close, I just really felt like singing this .

Year 2011 has been a very eventful year, its marks the second year of me trying to live in a foreign place. As the year draws to the close, I was doing a quick recall of everything that has happened.

Generally I thank God that he had made this year relatively peaceful. Though there are also times of difficult trials, I wonder what’s Gods scorecard for me is like? Have I been passing his expectations of me in trials? I certainly hope so though i am sure there must be a few that i have failed to do what God would want me to do.

But at the same time, as per my previous post, I am aware of the many challenges that lies ahead for me. I am sure that God will have lined up new trials and new test to help me see my own faith.

In as much as the world want to believe that God only dispenses good things, but then we know that God often gives trials to Christians to test us and to help us see the part of our faith that needs conditions. Just as what Moses describes how God trained and taught the Israelites for 40 years in the wilderness

“As an eagle stirs up its nest,
  Hovers over its young,
  Spreading out its wings, taking them up,
  Carrying them on its wings,

  So the LORD alone led him,
  And there was no foreign god with him.” – Moses (Deut 32:11-12)

This journey was never meant to be easy, thats why Paul describes that heavenly walk as a race and he describes his attitude in life is just like one who disciplines himself to train for the rest (1 Cor 9:24-27)

No one who ever undergo training will say that it is a enjoyable feeling, Jesus once said this

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,and follow Me. “ – Jesus (Lk 9:23 )

Just when we think that it is impossible, that is when we have to study the scripture and read about the many who had gone before us in that path,  just as the Author of Hebrews said

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Author of Hebrews (Heb 12:1-2)

This is the verse which is quoted in this hymn, let us enjoy the hymn together.

Title : 感恩
Artist :王子音乐

让我们背起自己的十架
奔向那摆在前头的路程
仰望创始成终的主耶稣
脱去缠累放下重担

ràng wǒ ​men bèi​ qǐ​ zì ​jǐ dì​ shí jià​
bēn​ xiàng nà​ bǎ zài ​qián​ tóu dì lù​ chéng​
yǎng ​wàng chuàng ​shǐ chéng zhōng dí​ zhǔ Yē ​sū​
tuō ​qù chá lèi​, fàng ​xia zhòng​ dàn​

许多人成为我们的见证
他们像云彩围绕着我们
单单存着一颗感恩的心
时时感恩 每时感恩

xǔ ​duō rén chéng ​wéi wǒ ​men dì​ jiàn ​zhèng​
tā ​men xiàng yún ​cai wéi ​rào zhe wǒ​ men​
dān ​dān cún​ zhe yī kē​ gǎn​’ēn dì​ xīn​
shí​ shí gǎn​’ēn měi​ shí​ gǎn​’ēn​

(Chorus)
感谢主即使天色未常蓝
感谢主纵然路旁有荆棘
感谢主因为主已经应许
日子如何力量也必如何

(Chorus)
gǎn ​xiè zhǔ jí ​shǐ tiān ​sè​ wèi​ cháng lán​
gǎn ​xiè zhǔ zòng ​rán lù​ páng yǒu jīng​ jí​
gǎn ​xiè zhǔ ​yīn​ wéi ​zhǔ yǐ ​jīng​ yīng ​xǔ​
rì ​zi​ rú ​hé lì​ liang yě​ bì rú ​hé​

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The Translated Hymn is like this

Title : Thanksgiving
Artist: Prince Music

Let us all take up our own cross
and run the path that is set before us
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
to lay aside every weight, and the sins that ensnares us

For we have many witness that went ahead of us
They are like clouds that surrounded us
All we need is a heart of thanksgiving
To give thanks in all circumstances

(Chorus)
Thank you God,  even though the skies are all gloomy
Thank you God , even though there are thorns at the wayside  
Thank you God, for you have given your promise to us
“As your days, so shall your strength be” (quoted  from Deut 32:25) 

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