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Topic: Write a Coming OF AGE short story (11/20/14)
TITLE: My longing at a Kelongą
By Caleb Cheong
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Last week I escaped to Batam Island in Indonesia for a spiritual retreat. Advised to practice Solitude and Silence on our own,I sneaked into a Kelong hut,and began to quiet down and ponder over my longing to come of age as a beloved child of His. I yearn to be the person after His own heart.
Turning my attention to the unspoiled natural world,I couldnâ€™t help but plumbed the beautiful environment to articulate this desire.I soon got inspiration to express what I aspired with much gratitude. With fresh eyes and attentive ears, I scanned the universe above and below, left and right, near and distant,and morning and evening till I sorted out my reflection.
Finally, I managed to pen these recollections in my journal. They run like this:
â€śLike the morning sun, His warmth will I radiate; like the serene sea,
His peace will I permeate; like the mountains and trees,
His encompassing love will I saturate; like the fragrance of the flowers, His aroma will I ventilate
Like chuckling birds,after His joy from high will I quest; like the dog lying in our midst, in His stillness will I rest; like a solitary kite,
His hovering presence will I stalk; like the minnows swimming in harmony, with His Community will I walk
Like the rainbow after a shower, His gracious promise will I declare; like a gentle breeze,
His grace will I share; like stars clustering in the dark night,
His people and I will firmly stand; like the motorboat riding on the choppy waters, His trajectory will guide me safely into the Fatherâ€™s hand.
Your matchless grace and mercy is like the galaxy.With open heart and mind I journey towards the goal without being phony.
Indeed, coming of age will be my destiny.â€ť
What a stark reality! This is the beginning of my story that I will continue to live through itâ€”it is indeed a long journey in the same direction!
1Kelong (sometimes spelt Kellong) is a Malay word for an offshore platform built mainly with wood and thatched roof. It can be found in waters off Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia.
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