Sunday, December 23, 2018

All I Want For Christmas: Message 2018/9: CYLin

Ms. CYLin has always obliged me when I ask if she could write a Christmas message for this blog. Again thanks, Lin. Merry Christmas to you and Family.
Hey Andy, 

Your latest post on Christmas songs old and new woke me to suddenly realize that Santa is on his way to check on who's naughty or nice.  All around the island is decked with boughs of holly and jingle bells are ringing loud and clear.  The time is here to feast, to indulge, to make merry and as a tradition to exchange gifts... Young and old hint, make requests for specific presents. There's one little girl who asks for her two front teeth so she can wish all a "Merry Christmas". 

So this is Christmas.


Michael Buble: All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth. Video by funprogress.

Christmas marks the birth of Jesus, born to Mary and Joseph.

Jesus is God's gift to the fallen world to save man from his sins and to bring him back into a relationship with Himself.

Jesus came to carry out that mission of salvation by dying on the cross.
Christmas is the season for that reason and we celebrate with thanksgiving this precious gift, "Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Let earth receive her King..."
Just as the girl receives her new teeth and puts them to good use, I too need to display God's gift of new life to me and in me when I receive Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.  I should reflect God's goodness and mercy.  I need to follow His commandments.

It's not easy with all the worldly temptations around.



Joy To The World (Live At The Helix In Dublin, Ireland/2013) YouTube Video: CelticWomenVEVO.

Forty years ago before I was 'saved', I shared with my students My Creed by Howard Arnold Walter (a poet 1883-1918)  We would sing it before the start of the day's lessons.  Today these not so young men and women may not remember the entire lyrics of the song, but when we meet and catch up,  I can see they embrace those principles: "I would be true, for there are those who trust me.  I would be pure for there are those who care..." 

And so for this Christmas, all I want is to have this creed ingrained in me and to be able to sing it, hum it, vocalize it even as memory fades and sight and sound faint. 



'My Creed' Howard Arnold Walter Sung to the tune of Danny Boy'. YouTube Video from Jeffry Vergara.


I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
I would be friend to all - the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving and forget the gift,
I would be humble, for I know my weakness,
I would look up, and love, and laugh and lift.

A Blessed Christmas to you Andy and your family and all your readers. 

Peace and goodwill to all.

Above article by CYLin. 

Christmas Message 2014:
https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-reason-for-this-season-from-believer.html

Christmas Message 2015:
https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2015/12/christmas-for-just-one-day-my-cares-are.html

Christmas Message 2016:
https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2016/12/seen-his-star-in-east-come-to-worship.html

Christmas Message 2017: https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2017/12/a-christmas-message-contentment-is-my.html
Disclaimer:
This posting is a personal piece and it has no intention to promote, encourage or convince anyone to believe in a particular religious faith. 

Images: Google 

YouTube videos

21 comments:

ALLANCTHOMPSON, ENGLAND (FIRST WRITER FOR THIS BLOG) said...

Dear Andy,

I would like to wish you and your family all the best for Christmas and the New Year.

During Chinese New Year, 1966, my friend, the late Jim Ryland (28 years older than me) and I went to Amnesia Bar (not its real name - our name for it referred to the effect their warm Anchor Beer had on us) at Changi Beach and the owners gave us satay sticks and bowls as a special treat.

Kong Hee Fatt Choy.
Best wishes,
Allan.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Here's a list of some well-wishers for the Xmas and New Year from friends and blog readers:
Thank you all:

HIROSHI DEGUCHI (JAPAN)
FRANCIS YUEN
TOMMY GOMES

ANGELA LEOW
ANN ROWENA LIM
PETER CHEONG

ROSE KHOO
JIMMY APPUDURAI-CHUA (UK)
MERLIN LIM

ROOP SINGH
FRED CHING
STEPHEN HAN

JENNIE LAW
KOH SUI PANG (MALAYSIA)
IVOR LESSLAR

MICHAEL BANGAR
NICHOLAS STRAVENS
ERIC BRONSON WONG (HONGKONG)

RICHARD DANKER
MONICA PESTANA
JIMMY BOEY

DICK YIP
ALEXANDRA HSIEH
ALVIN OON

ALPHONSO SOOSAY
JIMMY FONG
DAISY KOH

LIM KUAN MIN
EDWIN GOH
JAN CHEONG

AUDIE NG
RICKIE CHNG
JOHN CHER

TAN SOO KHOON
JACKIE LADY
SAM

CLARENCE (DUKES)
JERRY SARAM
FABIAN FOO

THOMAS LEE
JOEY KOH
LARRY LAI

BRIAN RICHMOND (DJ 90.5 FM VINTAGE SHOWCASE ON SUNDAYS) said...

Thank you, Andy!

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2019!
God Bless

Sue&Brian

MAE WN (MYANMAR) said...

Dear Andy,

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Best wishes
Mae

YUSNOR EF (MALAY POP SONG COMPOSER, GOLD MEDALLION WINNER, WRITER, PRODUCER) said...

Dear Andy Young,

Happy Christmas for you and the family!

Sent from my iPhone

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

I have accumulated most of the greetings under one flagpost.
Hope you don't mind.

Some more are still coming in and I am appreciative.

AGAIN THANKS FOR THE CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR GREETINGS.

WHATSAPP said...

TONY NG (PIANIST)
JOHN BT TAN (ARTIST, PHOTOGRAPHER)
LAURENCE LIM

JIMMY CHNG (DECIBELS)
LIM PH
DANNY BOY (SILVER STRINGS DRUMMER)

BRENDA (NTU/NIE)
SEE CS (CHINESE OPERA, ACTRESS)
EDDIE WEE

ALFRED NG
TAN KIONG HEE
OLIVER (SCHOOL PRINCIPAL/DRUMMER)


JANE DICK (MANITOBA, CANADA) said...

Thank you, Andy.
So lovely to hear from you.

Trust you and your family had a very Merry Christmas, are enjoying the holiday season,
and wishing all of you every blessing in the New Year.
Thinking of you with great fondness.

Warmest,
Jane

DEREK MCCULLY (LEAD: TORNADOS) said...

Thank you, Andy,
Your Christmas message is super cool and brings back wonderful memories.

WINSTON KOH (SINGER: FLYING PHANTOMS said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS

WILFRED LIM (UKELELE ENTHUSIAST) said...

TO ONE AND ALL.
HERE IS WISHING YOU A VERY BLESSED CHRISTMAS
WITH GOOD HEALTH, WEALTH AND HAPPINESS THIS
NEW YEAR 2019 AND ALWAYS.

CHRISTINA LIM said...

Thank you, Andy
Hope you had a GREAT Xmas Day
May we all have a gd week ahead before we say
GOODBYE 2018.

NORA TANN (TANORA ENTERPRISE PTE. LTD.) said...

May your heart be light and filled with love, peace and joy this Christmas and always, Andy.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Thanks for all the personal messages on emails, Google+, WhatsApp, FB, and Twitter.

And from:
(1) Michael Bangar for the post delivered Christmas Card with beautiful pictures of pop singers, etc.
(2) John Blair from Sydney, Australia, for the huge card and written message.

Truly appreciate your friendship because it's what this blog is all about, a music connection.

NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL SINGAPORE said...

Dear Andy,

Thank you for making a mark in the arts with us this year.
We wish you a joyous holiday season and all the best in the year to come.

Happy Holidays!

NAC Engagement and Participation Team

STEPHEN HAN said...

Enjoyed reading

ANN ROWENA LIM FB said...

Merry Christmas dearest Andy Young. Have a blessed one. ❤️ 😘 🌹 💐 🎄 🎁

FL said...

Andy, a very merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and all the readers. May each year be filled with joy and happiness. Hope everyone has a wonderful life, staying healthy throughout another blessed year.

HENRY GAN (TREKKERS LEAD: CALIFORNIA, USA) said...

Merry Xmas Andy!

Perry Nodelman Professor Emeritus, University of Winnipeg said...

It’s been a while since I’ve heard from you, and I see you haven’t posted on Facebook for some time now.

Since we were last in touch, my family and I have settled here, and we’re happily getting to do a lot of babysitting now.

Yours,
Perry

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