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【小基督大世界】永恆的饗宴

 

筆者所屬的教會裡有三位「90後」的好姐妹,他們的年齡分別是 98、97、與 96 歲。每次主日崇拜完,在教會吃愛宴時,他們總是坐在一起開心地吃飯聊天,也數次提到主若把她們接回天家,她們會很開心,因為她們已經準備好了

從今年初夏,97 歲的洪老姐妹不知何故,全身肌肉疼痛,一下子痛這裡,一下子痛那裡,卻又無法準確地指出疼痛處,讓她很難受。孩子們數次帶她去看醫生,醫生也查不出原因,她與孩子都很苦惱。因為疼痛無力,有一個多月的時間她無法到教會聚會,直到有一天醫生懷疑她可能是因為身體的自體免疫系統有異,導致肌肉與其他組織器官的發炎造成疼痛與不適,於是給她高劑量類固醇的治療,她在用藥後短短幾天內病症就減緩了。這位老姐妹症狀一好轉,就回到教會聚會,之後類固醇的使用量也逐步調降。她心裡充滿感恩,她說在病痛中每每向神呼求,都經歷神的同在,所以她更加倚靠神。

一個月後,年紀最小,96 歲的徐老師母(我的婆婆)有一天傍晚和小兒子坐在院子裡聊天,起身時失去平衡,輕輕地跌坐在鬆軟的草地上。她很快就在攙扶下起身,並在院子裡走了幾圈,毫無異樣,但數日後我們發現她的右手臂從上到下幾乎完全變黑,瘀血非常嚴重,身體其他地方也有些點狀出血,身體也越來越虛弱。我先生帶她去看醫生,醫生開了驗血單安排抽血檢查,幾日後醫生告訴我們驗血報告結果異常,血小板數只有 2,000/mL(正常值是 150,000 到 400,000/mL)。醫生安排婆婆去看血液科專家,但因病人多,要好幾個星期後才掛得到號,就囑咐我們直接帶婆婆去大醫院掛急診。接下來的一個月,我婆婆因不同原因住院兩次,我們兩度被告知婆婆病危,要有心裡準備,婆婆說時間都在神的手裡,她已預備好,隨時聽候神的帶領。因為神的憐憫與看顧,我婆婆在住院後,身體日漸康復,現已出院在家,且恢復主日的聚會。這次的大病後,我感覺婆婆比之前更加溫柔恬靜,我知道她在病危痛苦時,一直經歷神的同在與安慰,所以她對神的信心與依靠更甚於前!

婆婆出院那週的主日,原本要去教會敬拜神,但怕體力不支,無法承受數小時久坐,打算下週再去。教會最年長,98 歲的徐老姐妹在主日沒有看到我婆婆,因為思念她,就決定上我們家來探望她。兩天後徐老姐妹上我們家,與我婆婆聊了一陣子後,就放心地回家了。

再下主日,我 96 歲的婆婆病後第一次回教會參加主日崇拜,97 歲的洪老姐妹看到我婆婆非常開心,但 98 歲的徐老姐妹那日原本已穿好衣服,準備好要出門去做禮拜,但在臨出門時,看到天空下著毛毛雨,就決定留在家中。教會崇拜完,用愛宴時,洪老姐妹在旁看顧我婆婆用餐,彷彿大姐姐照顧小妹妹一般,大家都很歡喜,很感恩。

那日傍晚,我們接到通知,徐老姐妹中午因為腦部大面積梗塞昏迷,已送醫急救,情況不明。我和先生聞訊,去醫院探望,隔日傍晚再去探望,徐老姐妹已從急診室被送去普通病房。再隔日清晨,我們接到通知,被告知徐老姐妹已在早晨七時許歸回天家。我和先生接到消息後趕到醫院,看到她的面容安詳美麗,好像睡著了一般。我摸摸徐老姐妹的身體,餘溫尚存,應是剛離開不久。

教會 90 後的姐妹只剩兩位了,但這兩位姐妹聽到她們的姐姐已回天家的消息雖然難過,卻也不是太難過,因為她們知道在不久的將來,她們會再在一起享用「愛宴」,這愛宴的喜樂程度與規模將會遠遠超出我們的想像,所以她們心裡有盼望與平安。

親愛的朋友,黑暗與光明無法並容,人都不完美,都有罪,因為罪的緣故,讓我們與創造天地的上帝產生隔閡。因為罪,人在世上都逃脫不了病痛與苦難。但上帝愛我們,讓祂的愛子「耶穌基督」這位沒有罪的義人來到世上,用祂無罪的身體贖我們這有罪的人,讓我們能因祂的代贖,被「算為有義」,得以與上帝恢復和好的關係。凡願意接受「耶穌基督」的赦罪之恩,認罪悔改者,都可接受這救恩,歸入主的名下,成為跟随「耶穌基督」的「基督徒」。而且基督徒有耶穌基督在天上為他們預備永恆的住處,這是好得無比的!

盼望您也能早日認識這位救主,接受祂的救恩,因著上帝的聖靈的內住與引導,有智慧地過在世的每一天。盼望以後我們都能在天家再相會,一同歡喜快樂地享受與主同在,永遠美麗的「愛的饗宴」!

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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