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<在信心中站立得穩>3/17-3/23/14

「我在西拉的幫助下給你們寫下這封短信。我知道他在基督裡是一名忠實的兄弟。我寫此信是要安慰和鼓勵你們,並證明這是上帝真正的恩典。請你們在這恩典裡堅定不移。」(彼得前書5:12 ERV-ZH)

“I consider Silas to be a faithful brother. With his help I have written you this short letter. I have written it to cheer you up. And I have written to give witness about the true grace of God. Stand firm in it.”           ( 1 Peter 5:12 NIRV)

默想禱告: 上周靈修發出後很快接到很多回帖, 其中一封來自相識20多年的朋友, 閱後反覆沉思, 默想两種相同的生命際遇, 卻朝著相反方向發展, 越看越覺得悵然若有所失, 心中充塞著沉鬱的情緒, 久久難以揮散。信中節錄云: 「邁克-謝謝分享。當然你能說出感恩的話, 因為神醫治了你。但我現今仍然嚴重跛行, 心中很難發出讚美。我嫉妒那些能正常行走的人。我的左手臂還是不太能活動, 只好戴著夾板寫信給你, 內心感到十分挫敗。有一回一個小女孩問為甚麼我穿上一隻塑膠腿, 因為她不知道没有塑膠腿我就不能走動。過農曆年那天, 我離群獨處,眼看别人歡樂聚餐, 玩游戲, 彈吉他唱詩歌, 令我想回我和孩子們一齊彈唱的那段歡樂時光。你知道中風後我的嗓子出現問題, 唱歌走音, 說話結巴,短期記憶衰退, 思想又不靈活…對不起, 我說不出令人鼓舞的話, 但這是我心底的誠實話。」好朋友珍妮去年陪丈夫舉家回香港全時間事奉, 剛抵步幾天便意外中風, 現在仍然留港接受長期物理治療。萬萬想不到比我年輕又愛主的姊妹經歷突如其來的衝擊, 一股事奉的豪情瞬間急凍冷卻, 生命像被懸空倒掛, 忍受那樣落寞的心境確實是情何以堪。更令我難堪的是,我心中感恩的亢奮卻無意間引起了姐妹延綿的哀愁; 也想起世上經歷各樣苦難的人何其多, 真需要有人去關心體恤。嘗到神莫大祝福的人, 沐浴在豐富恩典的同時, 亦必需要肩負更高的屬靈託付, 更應該把祝福帶到正在身受苦難的親友、鄰舍和社群; 否則單單為自己享受到各種恩惠而沾沾自喜的感恩心態, 與神的心意, 基督徒的身分很不相稱。不流通的管子會造成生命的汙塞, 没有回饋的感謝使靈命日趨萎靡, 很容易陷入自驕自義的流沙。思前想後, 我終於鼓起勇氣寫給珍妮一封回郵, 表達真誠的關心。「親愛的珍妮-你的分享令我很感動。我不想把我的康復與你現在的困境作對照, 但我能深切體會你的痛苦。記得我在港安醫院住院的七星期, 最初要四個護理員扶我起來, 大小便失禁, 日夜不眠等待一跟腳趾蠕動的徬徨光景, 我對你的處境能感同身受。然而神的恩典恢復了我的健康。我找不到最適合的話來安慰你內心的憂傷, 知道像約伯的三位朋友空洞的陳詞濫調起不了安慰的作用。我想我能靠主勝過試驗的原因之一是我自始没有向神問過 “WHY ME”, 而只是向衪呼求。我禱告說即便病没有治好, 求祢讓我仍然過一個有意義, 榮神益人的人生。最近我跟太太Sarah說我們有一天會走進生命的最後階段, 住進老人院, 但無論在何種惡劣的狀態, 沒有任何事使我們與神的愛隔絕。我們以前的家墙上掛了15年的畫, 上面寫著 “心態是一點小事卻能帶動最大的改變”, “Attitude is a Small Thing that Makes a Big Difference.” 每次看見提醒我自己要更珍惜神的愛和盼望, 不必在意世界如何看待我, 而是我用超然的眼光來睥睨世界, 領悟到神應許永遠不會離棄我們。我們願意以禱告托住你, 深信主垂聽禱告, 也呼籲更多弟兄弟姐妹為你代求。 主內-邁克。」求主憐憫, 以衪的慈愛堅固珍妮的信心, 彰顯衪醫治的大能, 奉主耶穌聖名禱告, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

Meditation & Prayer: I received a lot of responses after last week’s devotion, one of which rocked my mind the most. Jenny, my sister in Christ wrote me a heart wrenching message from Hong Kong: “Dear Mike, thank you for sharing. Of course, it's easy for you to give thanks because you're healed, but for me, who are severely crippled, it's really hard to praise Him. I'm jealous to see people with proper limbs. I still have very little movement on my left arm. I'm wearing a splint now as I'm writing this so to keep my fingers and hand straight. I couldn't take it in the beginning because it rendered my hand so useless. I already look awkward with my leg brace. One time, a little girl came up to me and asked how come I have a "plastic" leg. She didn't know that I can't walk without it. When we went to the gathering in Chinese New Year, I felt socially misfit. I couldn't really hang out or picnic with others since I have only one hand available to hold things. When they had a family game night, I realized it was hard for me to participate since I only have one hand… I felt hurt the most was when they had a fun night when people were singing and playing guitars. There was a mother and daughter singing together. That brought back memories of me singing with my girls. Do you know that after my stroke, I no longer can carry a tune, not to mention about playing guitar? I have lost some of my short term memory, concentration and processing skill! Though I have not lost my speaking ability, I have a hard time in expressing myself.

Sorry, this is not as uplifting as your devotion, but it just my honest confession. Blessings, Jenny.” Jenny went to HK with her husband a year ago, involved in full time ministry and had a stroke just a few days upon her arrival. Jenny has remained in HK to go through intensive rehab since then. I feel inadequate and insensitive to offer my thanksgiving and celebrate my recovery while knowing Jenny still endures such hardship. I believe the Lord heals me with a purpose that is to comfort and encourage others who are confronted by health issues. But I find myself lacking the wisdom to do that. Nevertheless, I prayed for spiritual insights and wrote her back the next day. “Dear Jenny, I am so touched by your sharing. Not that I want to juxtapose God’s blessing on my recovery with your current predicament, I just want to share your pain and continue to pray for you. I remember lying in the hospital bed in HK for 7 weeks. I couldn’t get up without 4 people to lift my body, literally shit in my pants, waiting endlessly for my toe to wiggle. I empathize what you have been going through, except eventually my health got better and better. I cannot find the most appropriate expression to comfort your insurmountable sadness, because words might sound hollow or simply become futile, like the platitude uttered by Job’s 3 self-righteous friends. One thing that makes a difference in my life to overcome such challenge was that I did not ask “WHY ME” throughout the ordeal, but crying out to God for help. I prayed to God that even if I did not recover, please tell me what you want me to do to lead a productive life that’s glorifying to you and be a blessing to others. Recently I told Sarah that one day we may both end up in nursing home as we enter the last chapter of our lives; but no matter how deplorable the condition is, it will not prevent us from trusting Him, or deprive ourselves the presence of His everlasting love, and experience the genuine care shown by family and friends. You see, “Attitude is a Small Thing that Makes a Big Difference.” I watched this quote framed in the picture in our house over 15 years, each time I look at this picture, it reminds me of God’s hope and love, that my life does not depend on how the world views me, but I can change my view toward the world with God’s promise that He will never forsake me. Sarah & I will continue to sustain you with our prayer. We believe the power of prayer. Therefore if you are willing, I will request my church and our Christian circle to join us in prayer for your timely recovery. May the Lord administer to your needs and bless your family.” Let’s lift up our family and friends, church members with prayer and with concrete supportive actions, so as to give witness about the true grace of God and stand firm in it, in Jesus holy name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)

 

 

代禱事項:Prayer Request

為親友及在患病中的弟兄姐妹代禱,在此特别提名為李朝强牧師年幼孫女AVA患上罕見的血癌進行化療禱告, 求主保守AVA, 和 她的父母一家。Pray for Rev.David Lee’s grand-daughter AVA who was diagnosed of Leukemia and is under chemotherapy. Pray for AVA’s father Pastor Michael Lee and his whole family. 

介紹勝過苦難的人物:Christians who overcame suffering and become many people’s blessing:

不问上帝why ,只问what ?暗室之后
Queen of The Dark Chamber  http://purposedriven.blog.sohu.com/147156071.html

http://www.ctestimony.org/200205/020517aszh.htm

 

视频: 尼克 胡哲《没手没脚没烦恼》完整版视频(中文字幕)

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzAxMTc2MTQw.html

 

生命掠影——杏林子的见证: http://www.ctestimony.org/2003/20031222.htm

 

Joni Eareckson Tada Shares Her Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVXJ8GyLgt0

Making Sense of Suffering:   http://christianlibrary.org.au/schoolofsuffering/joni.html

 

 

王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 榮神传播協會

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