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【日本樂散步】櫻花樹下的搬家難民

 

Chion

 

傳道書三章說到神創造的天下萬物都有定期,凡事都有定時。出生有時,死亡有時;耕種有時,拔出有時⋯櫻花樹群也超「有時」會同一時段開花,這是日本先祖們善用大自然生態定規,同一區域人工種植的幾百棵花樹都接枝於一棵原樹,因有著一樣的基因又長於一樣的氣候下,櫻花樹會一氣開花落花,河堤大道立時繪上一片濃濃密密的粉紅色彩,熱愛工整的文化在刻意的「有時」上表現無遺。全國八成種植名叫染井吉野櫻花樹,關東區域就在三月底一同盛開,人人都會準備美酒佳餚,相約親朋、同僚在櫻花樹下開大食會,花見(賞花)有時!日本獨特的「有時」文化,也讓要搬家的人在歡樂的花見季節成了難民,歡笑有時,哭泣也有時......

Chion2從來沒有想過搬家也群體性「有時」!日本一年中約有三分之一的搬遷會集中發生在三至四月初內,三月最後一週至四月第一個週更是最高峰期,對上一次搬家就碰上這般恐怖時期。之前幾次搬家都在下半年度,沒有發生任何問題,A 社的服務態度超貼心,價錢又合理,時間日期全部跟我的需要而進行。這次因舊居新家出入伙時間限定要在 3 月 25 至 28 日搬家就出事了。一確定新住所後就打電話到 A 社預約,報價是之前幾次的兩倍!再找了幾家問價,一是因預約爆滿而婉拒,一是價錢貴得更嚇人。這時才意識到已陷入日本經常發生的供不應求之危機中。立刻再致電 A 社,幸因雜物少、又自行打包入箱,最重要的是新舊兩居相差只有半小時車程,才能插入 28 日早上 8 時搬出,搬入要等另一組工作人員搬完別家,晚上前才輪到我家。這次全因是短程搬家才勉強接收,如不,真要拿著紙皮箱、鍋子坐在街頭,成了無家可歸的難民,真是嚇得一身大汗。

Chion1日本的學校、公司或政府的新年度始於四月一日,因而引起一連串的「有時」的定期活動,近年更引爆搬家難民的現象。開學「有時」,各年級新學子們在櫻花紛飛下開學,因而父母或準大學生就在四月前前後後「搬」近新學區;新職「有時」,全國新鮮出爐畢業生同在這一段時間就職大小公司,身穿制服般白色恤衫,黑色西裝的年輕男女手持公文袋穿梭高樓大廈中,參加新人入社儀式。同一時期吸納新職員是日本的企業文化,來自全國各地的同齡畢業生會一齊開始工作,同期之間的競爭非常大。上班之前,首先要「搬」近工作的城市;異動「有時」,爸爸們在工作上需要異動、調職其他城市或轉新工作多會始於四月,一家大小跟著他在開學前要「搬」家安居。這幾個同時發生的「有時」搬遷,年年都令搬家業頭痛,老化的現象更令問題深刻化,「人」真是供不應求!

一大群的市民同時要搬家,需要聘請大量臨時兼職協助,勞工市埸的力壯男性員工不容易請到,幸好女性勞動人口在增加中。但對服務的水準要求高,專業搬家訓練也要求兼職人士要跟上,令人手又見短缺。還有近年,長途貨櫃司機這辛苦並時間長的工作,入行新血買少見少,在很多老司機退休後而青黃不接,已是運輸業日常難題。更何況高峰期三四月要跨縣涉市地長途搬家,真是成了預約不能的大問題。

新型自助搬家在這危難中產生,搬家公司借人幫客戶搬傢具箱子上車,借迷你貨車(普通車牌也可以駕駛)給客戶,客戶自行當長途司機,在目的地會安排當地工作人員接手完成剩下搬入任務。其他拿不到預約的,最後只能先搬人住旅館或打擾朋友,傢具裝箱寄放貨倉等排期搬入新居。在「有時」壓力下,又不能不搬,真是煩心又花錢,把賞花的美好心情鬧得蕩然無存。

四季定期不停變換,大自然都按神創造的規律而運行,始於四月的習慣也是因萬物各按其「有時」作息而生。昔日日本民族以農耕為主,米榖收成於 11 月,大豆於 10 月等,秋季人人忙於收成買賣,準備過冬。年初寒冷,初春雪溶天氣回暖後人才多走動,上年的買賣才完全結算整頓好,這時各人手上都有銀錢可以徵稅,因而選四月為新年度之始到了今時。加上此時櫻花燦爛盛放,讓新一年之始添一片前程錦繡的喜慶。

平常最後四月在河畔樹下看著櫻吹雪,把水面染上粉紅花海,再放眼看看已經熟悉的一片浪漫街景,心中滿滿感恩,在天父的保守下那年順利入伙,有「家」歸,不用露宿街頭或在酒店過。定時盛開的櫻花一落又迎來復活節,記念著主耶穌為救贖罪人被釘十字架上,三天後勝過死亡而復活,想到這救恩讓我將來一定能順利搬到「天家」去,帶著愉快的期待安心花見。復活節快樂!

 

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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