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「我要把一顆心賜給他們,把新的靈放在他們裡面;我要從他們肉體中除掉石心,賜給他們肉心」 (以西結書11:19)

 

“And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 11:19)

默想禱告:幾年前我剛認識史伯伯,見面時還記得他一頭銀絲白髮,瘦削的身驅,木訥的臉容,影襯出一副中國傳統知識份子高傲清雅的氣質,那種氣 派令人震懾,難以接近。果然不錯,從他女兒口中得悉他退休前是黨員,是一位無神論的忠實信徒。難怪他屢次進出教會都是那般拘拘瑾瑾,聽道時看他如坐針氈, 幾趟以後,乾脆就溜到外頭獨自安静。不難想像他肯定把我們基督徒視作一群缺乏理性,迷信宗教,受西洋文化荼毒的神本唯心論者。但同時我會推想他心中也可能 感覺一種吊詭性的詫異,知道這些人當中不乏搞科研的博士後,醫院實驗室研究員,電腦工程師,精算 師...並非被社會標籤為心靈受麻醉的一介愚民;他們每週聚集,一齊揚聲頌唱讚美詩,清心虔誠禱告,然後又專心聆聽牧師講解聖經,聚會完分班上主日學,上 課後會眾共享午餐,彼此交接分享代禱,其樂融融,充滿著大家庭濃情密意的溫馨,與唯物主義者所認同的弱肉強食,物競天擇,人不為己天誅地滅的世界觀大相逕 庭。對一位深受進化論思想薰陶,喝「黨」的奶水長大的史伯伯,基督徒彼此相愛的生命情操,也許是一種虛幻,如桃花源世界的心靈嚮往,集體潛意識的心理投 射,是不切實際的妄想。直到有一天,他心目中以為是夢幻般的真情,在他身上竟然結成晶瑩,結出豐碩纍纍的生命果實!就在那年,一場突如其來的急病使史伯伯 的生命起了巨大風浪,在危急中,他依然以慣性的理智思維面對生命的終局,連遺囑都當下請人寫好,默默接受人死如燈滅的盜世謊言。但愛他的家人和教會眾弟兄 姊妹卻不輕易放棄把最寶貴的福音傳給他。於是我們總動員為史伯伯誠摯祈求,輪班到醫院徹夜守護,請牧師探訪,用神的話語在他耳旁撫慰。信實且有憐憫的主確 實聽了眾人的禱告,不到兩個月,神把史伯伯從危在旦夕的死亡邊緣中救拔出來,使他得以昂首闊步踏出醫院的大門,讓信與不信的人共同經歷神奇妙的作為,也成 了史伯伯病好接受洗禮的一篇嶄新活潑的生命見証。我確信能醫治百病的主,更是能改換人心的主;祂絕對能把人那顆頑梗、剛愎自用的「石心」,換成謙卑柔順、 心靈有高度敏銳的「肉心」。當人的心竅被神打開,原來受俗世價值蒙蔽,甚至是被弄瞎了的心眼亦隨即擦亮,恍若戴上一副裝配紅外線的稜鏡,對萬事的底蘊能明 察秋毫,進而看穿世界的種種假象。換成了肉心的史伯伯回國後靈命飛躍, 如鹿渴慕溪水般研讀聖經, 短短兩年間在當地教會竭力服侍, 站講台,宣揚主的真道。這是我一生中首次強烈感受,親身經歷到一個人生命被徹底翻轉的震撼力,印証了先知以賽亞所言:「你要將有眼而瞎、有耳而聾的民都帶出來。」(43:8) “看哪!我要作一件新的事;現在它要發生了,難道你們還不知道嗎?我要在曠野開一條道路,在荒地開挖江河。”(43:19)這 百姓是我為自己所造的,好述說我的美德。」(43:21)經歷生命蛻變的基督徒,苦難不能擊倒他,狂風不會吹折他,連死亡的威嚇他也能處之泰然。兩個月前 閱讀從他女兒轉發的一封電郵,我才獲知史伯伯剛被診斷出是第四期肺癌。一面看他短短的家信,我的內心卻引發深深的激動:「小傑:我已出院,醫生告訴我是慢 性炎症,其實我已知道不是什麼炎症,但能回家就比住院好,因為醫院裡的空氣太差了,遠不如在家的條件。今天你媽已把實情告訴我,其實不告訴我,我已有此估 計,告訴我總比不告訴我為好,省得我作各種猜測。你盡可以放心,我完全能接受,因為人人都有一死,早被主接走豈不好得無比!如果還有我的工作要做,主自會避過這一難關,有主愛我,還有何求?你也不用為我奔忙,有必要尋找特殊藥品時定會叫你出力。平時多視頻一下,讓我多看你們和孩子們就心滿意足了。也問你們教會的弟兄姐妹們好,願主所賜的平安、福樂與他們同在!」此刻史伯伯正進行第二次化療,女兒從芝加哥飛往北京照料;而相隔萬里的教會眾弟兄弟姊妹再度為此懇切禱告,求主的靈與史伯伯同在,願主的旨意成就,或生或死,史伯伯已經完成主在他身上的托付,也為主打了一場美好的勝仗,感恩禱告奉主耶穌聖名, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

Meditation & Prayer: Mr. Shih left me an indelible impression at our first encounter at church. His lanky body frame and grey hairline, augmented by a stern facial demeanor, reflects a classic Chinese intellectual temperament. Later I learned from his daughter that he was indeed a Chinese communist party member before retirement; and his behavior displayed at church later also affirmed my perception of an atheist as well. I immediately felt his uneasiness sitting at church listening to praise music and sermons, as though Christians are a group of highly superstitious, emotional and irrational people. At the same time I guess he could have pondered- how would so many highly educated professionals believe in Jesus Christ? Are they delusional or simply fall into a religious trance? Yet they appear to be enjoying their fellowship, showing affection to one another, genuinely praying and caring for each other. Apparently this behavior defies an atheist’s logic and reason. Until one day Mr. Shih’s life was completely turned around. All of a sudden, a medical emergency landed him in the hospital bed. He was on the verge of facing death by contracting a rare kind of respiratory problem. He even prepared his own will verbally with no hope in sight. But his daughter and the whole church weren’t ready to give up. Throughout his ordeal, church members took turns at night to monitor his conditions and prayed fervently for a miracle healing. Pastors visited, administering him with God’s comforting word. Prayers worked! Mr. Shih finally walked out of the hospital in a few weeks, leaving physicians and medical staff utterly in shock. During his baptism in the ensuing month, Mr. Shih gave a resounding testimony of his conversion, accepting Christ as his personal Savior. What a vivid transformation from an atheistic material worldview to a spirit-filled relationship with our true God!! A new spirit is now dwelled inside him. God hasremoved the heart of stone from his flesh and give him a heart of flesh. As prophet Isaiah said: “Lead my people into court. They have eyes but can’t see.Bring those who have ears but can’t hear.”(43:8) “I am about to do something new. It is beginning to happen even now. Don’t you see it coming? I am going to make a way for you to go through the desert. I will make streams of water in the dry and empty land.”(43:19) “I do it for the people I made for myself. I want them to sing praise to me.” (43:21) Mr. Shih’s spiritual life grew exponentially after returning to Beijing, studying God’s word as the deer pants for water. He even started preaching to the congregation who marvels at his spiritual insights and his new attitude toward life and death. About two months ago I read an email of Mr. Shih to his daughter. I was stunned but equally in awe of his response to the final chapter of his life. The brief email said: “Kate, I am out of the hospital. Doctors told me my lungs are inflamed. But I know it is not. Today your mom told me the truth that I have Stage 4 lung cancer. But don’t you worry, I can take it. Everyone dies. It’s great if the Lord decides to take me now! If He wants me to stay a little longer to serve him, he will do something. I have the love of God, what else do I need?...Say hi to everyone in church. May the Lord bless them and be with them always!” At this moment, brother Shih is receiving chemotherapy for the second time while Kate flew to Beijing to be with him. Our church continues to lift him up with prayer, regardless of the outcome, we firmly believe Mr. Shih has experienced the presence of the Lord and the powerful transformation in his life, in Jesus holy name I give thanks to, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)

王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 神传播協會

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