Friday, December 25, 2009

Heart to God Hand to Man



This is the picture of the territorial headquarters of The Salvation Army Indonesia on Jalan Jawa 20, Bandung. The building it occupies was designed by Brinkmen & Voorhave and was built in 1920. It is listed as one of Bandung's Architectural heritage.

You might wonder why there is no Christmas decoration on the premises. Well, I took the photo early in November, so the Christmas decoration was not put up yet. With or without decorations and festivities, I think what's more important about Christmas is the spirit. And I think the Salvation Army's slogan "Heart to God Hand to Man" captures it well.

I'm not a Christian or Catholic, but I believe whatever our faith is, the measure of our piety is how useful we are to other human beings. With this, I would like to wish those of you who celebrate it, Selamat Natal! (Marry Christmas!)

7 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

That's an interesting architecturally desined building! They have a good mission and do a lot of good there I hope! Thanks for the Christmas greeting! Happy New Year to you and yours!

Dina said...

You said it so well.
Interesting how we non-Christian bloggers find different ways to blog about Christmas.
That is an unusual building. I like it.
The Salvos (as the Aussies call them) do good work for those in need.

Laurie said...

Peace and blessings to you, my blogging friend!

Catherine said...

You've touched The Spirit, Eki, while many of us, christians, have forgotten the rssence of Christmas. It's becomi,g a huge commercial celebration in our countries. Thanks to remember us The Spirit. Thanks.

the donG said...

Very well said. i like your point of view of faith. it's true that in the end it's our connection with our God matters the most next to loving our fellow human beings.

jeannette stgermain said...

What the Salvation Army also used to do (in the past), when we went to the store last week, we were surprised to be greeted by a small band of wind instruments playing Christmas songs.

Lucas Nasution said...

when I was I kid - I went to a nearby school (St Yusup II). In December they used to sell books and stuff - I recall going inside this building. It was an old but well maintain building.