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<神的應許永不落空>4/28-5/4/14

 

耶穌對她說:「復活在我,生命也在我。信我的人,雖然死了,也必復活; 26 凡活著信我的人必永遠不死。你信這話嗎?」(約翰福音11:25-26)

 

 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”(John 11:25-26)

 

默想禱告:生命中最令人揪心的幾個悲劇性場景莫過於家庭經歷突發性的厄遇, 結局可能是一齣生離死別, 或是妻離子散, 白頭人送黑頭人的人間慘劇。一家人本來洋溢著幸福温馨的滿足,刹那間被無垠痛苦、悲慼的心情籠罩,無奈地讓沉重的哀傷凝凍成一顆顆難以溶解的心結。我是帶著這種人之常情的心境出席上週六主內何朱佑之姊妹(Alice Ho) 的喪禮。如果不是教會肢體在四月十五日向我諮詢有關中風冶療的問題, 我絕不可能認識這位素未謀面,年齢祇有四十二歲的母親在不久前的深夜突然間昏迷入院, 短短幾天後(復活節當天)因腦部深度損傷而去世, 留下三位年幼的子女和丈夫的悲情事故。看著入殮後的遺體, 再對照大屏幕反覆投射出每一張何姊妹燦爛開朗的儀容時, 我的腦海恍惚浮現出一位生前熱量四射, 滿有生命力, 充滿愛心的母親、妻子、教會同工的活潑形像。當面對這股遽然冷卻静止的生命熱流, 我心中也隨之充塞著悵然若失的愁緒。相信在場三百多人亦會同樣感受到死亡帶來的威脅和震撼, 特別想到坐在前排親屬內心的哀痛, 我竟然說不出一句安慰的話, 祇好默然静坐, 低頭閱讀何姊妹的生命事略: 「Alice自幼熱衷音樂,並特別喜愛彈鋼琴及歌唱,為她日後在教會的音樂事奉奠下良好的基礎。Alice婚姻生活美滿,誕下两個兒子, 後 來夫婦二人在神面前禱告,在2007年於廣西一家孤兒院收養了女兒,充份表現了他們的愛心…馬太福音第16章24節:「於是耶穌對門徒說:若有人要跟從 我,就當捨己背起他的十字架來跟從我。」--這段經文一直是Alice生命中的座右銘。她知道十字架是叫她忠心侍主,愛人如己,謙厚待人,並把主耶穌基督 的福音傳給未信主的人…但何姊妹屬世的生命並沒有因此而結束,因為除了她兒女的生命之外,還有七位我們不認識的朋友,因獲得何姊妹的器官捐贈,生命得以延 續。」追思禮拜中, 最令我驚訝的是Alice丈夫何名謙Aaron弟兄分享他痛失愛妻的感受。「我們今天聚集是為要慶祝Alice的生命…」這是我意想不到的開場白。「我請在座每一對夫婦站起來,給對方一個厚重的擁抱, 因為也許明天有一位會離你而去…」他切身感受的肺腑之言深深激盪著在場每一位的心靈。整個分享內容, Aaron所要强調的是基督徒面對死亡固然有悲傷難過, 但心中並非絕望; 有依依不捨但並非濫情, 因為深知道肉身消亡卻是另一種生命形質的轉折, 有如化蛹為蝶的蛻變, 我們頃刻便與神同在, 進入衪永恆的國度。有一天我們信主的人因著主耶穌永不落空的應許亦必然復活。所以,在基督徒看來,今世的生命並非代表全部的生命, 死亡也不再是令人恐懼的仇敵。我們因此可以向死亡誇勝, 可以歡然唱詩讚美, 慶祝主賜給我們在世或長或短美好的日子, 更懷著永恆的盼望走完生命的路程。神藉著Aaron的分享將哀傷的氛圍化為激勵人心的能量, 聖靈感動下有两位未信者當下決志接受主耶穌, 十多人愿意委身更多參與事奉。保使徒保羅說:  基督若沒有復活,你們的信便是徒然,你們仍在罪裡。」(哥林多前書15:17) 基督復活的大能帶給基督徒生命無比的盼望, 使信的人今生活得更有目標, 更有意義。Alice雖然已經安息主懷, 她生前美好見証的果效仍然存留延續, 深深刻印在丈夫、兒女、親友、弟兄弟姐妹的內心, 成為我們信心的力量。愿主加倍祝福保守Aaron和三位兒女以後的日子, 在衪眷顧下蒙恩更深, 奉主耶穌聖名祈求, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

 

Meditation & Prayer: I have attended more and more funeral services these days, but this one is the most heart throbbing and sad. I was first consulted on stroke like conditions of a young lady who was admitted to hospital and subsequently lost consciousness aweek before Easter. I was informed later she passed away on Easter at age 42, and left behind a husband and 3 young children. What a tragedy, I first thought. A deep sense of sympathy urged me to attend Alice Ho’s memorial service, even though I never met her. Viewing her body in peace, while looking up at the projection screen rolling out many of her family pictures, I could imagine a person that was filled with so much joy and fulfillment in every aspect of her life. I truly lost word of comfort to the family and sat quietly awaiting the service to begin. As I began to read the eulogy of Alice Ho, I was totally intrigued by the description: “Alice was enthused in music when she was young particularly in playing piano and singing.  These skills became a good foundation for her to serve in the church’s musical ministry… They had a happy marriage and successively gave birth to their first child Caleb and second child Micah.  Later they had a wish to adopt an orphan from China. Therefore they committed their prayers to the Lord.  God answered their prayers in 2007. They adopted Deborah as their daughter from Guangxi, China.  This fully demonstrated their love.  And, Deborah has brought them a bundle of joy and laughter. These three brothers and sister get along very well and look out for each other…“Then Jesus said to his disciples, if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24.  This bible verse became Alice’s motto of life.  She understood that the Cross is to serve the Lord faithfully, love one another and serve others humbly.  In addition, she wanted to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the seekers… However, Alice’s earthly body was extended through donating her organs to seven unknown people who needed the organs to continue their lives.” All these sentences immediately made a connection within me emotionally and spiritually for knowing such loving character. After worship, Aaron, her husband, finally walked up to the podium and started his sharing. “I want all of you to celebrate the life of Alice.” He said with a strong conviction in the presence of 300+people. “Now I like to invite all you couples to stand up, give each other a bear hug, because you never know how long you can have this opportunity…” What really affected me the most was that I did not observe a shred of distraught, dejected demeanor shown by a person who just lost his beloved wife and perhaps the most significant half of his life. I wonder where did he get the strength and comfort from, in the midst of such tragic happening. Then I saw the quote on the printed program: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”(John11:25-26) Many Christians do not fully comprehend or even doubt the meaning and power of Jesus resurrection. Aaron, however, lives by it. He has shown to us that we all have eternal hope in Christ. His trust in Christ helps him to remove all the pain and sorrow, and then take this opportunity to strengthen our faith. For Paul said: “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.”(1 Corinthians 15:17) The resurrection of Jesus is indeed our core belief that gives us the hope and strength to overcome the adversities in life, and even conquer our fear of death when it eventually comes. May the Lord protect and take care of this family of faith in a most generous way, in Jesus holy name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)  *See attached full content of the Eulogy.

 

*附上Alice Ho生命事略全文。又Alice的父親朱源和弟兄亦有感人的生命見証, 請點擊被稱為中國麥當勞之父-朱源和見証視頻http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTEyMDUzMjIw.html

 

 

*附上音樂文檔-請聆聽陳熾弟兄早年詩歌創作曲: “耶穌是永恆盼望” 由芝加哥中國基督徒合唱團錄唱, 歌詞如下:

人生 寂寞的延伸 如果没有真爱

人生 短暂的时光 如果没有永恒盼望

我内心充满平安喜乐 如江河涌流不断

我生命充满智慧亮光 旧事已过变成新的人

 

主耶稣已赐下永生 因祂甚爱世上人

主耶稣已完成救恩 为我们预备永生道路

 

耶稣 仁慈主耶稣 祂是不渝的爱

耶稣 和平的君王 祂是人类永恒盼望

我内心充满主的大爱 祂为我被钉十架

我生命发出感谢赞美 远离黑暗有了新希望

 

主耶稣已赐下永生 因祂甚爱世上人

主耶稣已完成救恩 为我们预备永生道路

 

*流行曲版本請點擊: http://www.fuyin.tv/index.php/content/window/urlid/13029/movid/1215/vom/v

 

 

王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 神传播協會

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