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<母親的心>5/19-5/25/14

「你要使父母歡喜,使生你的快樂。」箴言23:25

“Parents rejoice when their children turn out well; wise children become proud parents. So make your father happy! Make your mother proud!” (Proverb 23:25 MSG)

 

默想禱告:母親的心如深深湛藍的海洋, 足以承載養育子女一生的辛勞和重担; 包容得下兒女屢屢叛逆的濃量, 總是時刻以無比的寬容與體諒來過濾吸納。母愛的呈現是從懷胎到自己生命的終結, 其間沒有一絲的中斷。母愛的份量縱然有輕有重, 有含蓄內斂,有熱情奔放, 但其本質乃是一致。可惜許多年少無知的孩子要等到生命某一個轉型期, 經歷種種挫敗後才遲遲明白母愛這個詞裡面, 所包含著多少無私、奉獻的精神。故此當一個孩子年少時便乖巧受教, /她就很自然會帶給母親極其滿足的欣喜,雖然這是父母一種奢侈的冀望。但今年的母親節, 我卻看見一位母親眼眶中閃發出欣慰的淚光。那時, 她定睛注視著剛上高中的兒子站立在受浸池中, 手上拿著一頁短文, 專 心地朗讀他心中的見証:「在我小的時候我媽媽就帶我到教會來。那時我對成為基督徒或者得救到底是什麼意思不是太明白。我只是過一天是一天,不知道我的人生 目的是什麼。並且不大相信上帝會看顧我。我常常擔心我的未來會是什麼樣子。我記得有一天夜裡我睡不著覺,我想像我死了以後為發生什麼事。我彷彿看見巨大的 黑暗,什麼也沒有,一直到永遠。這想法把我嚇得睡不著覺,直到我開始向上帝禱告…後來我還繼續去教會,對上帝有了更多了解,也明白信靠他是什麼意思。我對 上帝信心漸漸地增長。最後我決定要信主,成為一個基督徒。我聽過一個講道說到生命是如何短暫。我不該虛度光陰遠離上帝。我不想再等了,我決定受洗。這以後 我就覺得把信心放在上帝身上並不太難。我現在相信他供應我,知道上帝對我有一個計劃讓我很受安慰。正如耶利米書29章11節耶和華說: “我知道我向你們所懷的意念是賜平安的意念,不是降災禍的意念,要叫你們末後有指望。”我很滿意現在我對生活有了一個更加清晰的目的和方向…我現在對上帝 越來越有信心。在困難的時候仰望他,在順利的時候感謝他。不管怎樣,我知道上帝在我身邊,幫助我實現他在我身上的計劃。」我為年輕的羅晉小弟兄明白真理,接受洗禮,內心感到很大的鼓舞。提摩太后書3:15「並且知道你是從小明白聖經,這聖經能使你因信基督耶穌有得救的智慧。」在這個彎曲背憀的年代, 在年輕人的心思還沒有被嚴重污染, “心靈霧霾” 尚未超標以先, 神的話語就已經成為小弟兄腳前的燈,路上的光, 這是一件令我感覺何等興奮的事! 不要以為在美國土生的中國孩子比較不容易受世俗風氣感染, 只要父母多留意社會通俗文化、大眾傳媒、學校普遍課程Common Core的價值體系,我們就會毅然驚覺自己心思脆弱的孩子正逐漸被錯亂的社會思想潮流牽引到一個 “精神雷區”(Spiritual Minefield), 周遭布滿無數的坑坑洼窪, 一失足便掉進各種 “感官情慾的坑洞” 。 (Potholes) 但 這種現象不是「虎媽」們,和祇顧子女進「常青藤」名校的父母們所關注的教養重心。提摩太后書1:5「想到你心裡無偽之信,這信是先在你外祖母羅以,和你母 親友尼基心裡的,我深信也在你心裡。」兒女受母親影響過於任何老師,甚至超過父親的影響。我現在能感受到這位母親的心是充滿何等的大喜樂, 因為母親愛心的不足已經被主耶穌完全的愛所補滿, 兒子同時也是天父所愛的兒女,地上母親的心此刻可以全然享受從天而來的平安與穩妥, 感恩禱告奉主耶穌聖名, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

Meditation & Prayer: Some says a mother’s heart is like a deep blue ocean. It can sustain all the heavy burdens in life to raise her children; while absorbing all the hurts with an immense ability of tolerance and forgiveness of the ungrateful ones. Maternity love never discontinues, from the moment of conception to the end of her physical life. The form of expressing her love may vary but the quality is the same. Unfortunately, many of us do not appreciate such depth until we become parents ourselves, or going through tremendous hardships involving many personal sacrifices for the well being of our children.  It is rare these days to see a person matured spiritually at a youthful age, bringing great joy to warm his mother’s heart. This year’s Mother Day, I was blessed to witness a genuine expression of elation from a mother’s face, as she fixed her gaze at her young son in 9th grade standing in the baptism pool, reading out his personal testimony to the congregation: “My mother has brought me to church since I was young. I didn’t really understand what it meant to be a Christian, or to be saved. I was just living my life day to day, and I didn’t know what my purpose in life was. I also had trouble having faith that God would take care of me. I was worried about what my future would hold. I remember one night that I couldn’t sleep, because I was imagining what would happen to me after I died. I imagined a vast darkness, with nothing in it, forever. The thought scared me so much that I couldn’t sleep until I prayed to God. I didn’t have that problem again. However, I later became worried that my life would become a waste. I wondered what the purpose of me being here was. As time went on, I continued to go to church, and I learned more about God and what it meant to believe in him. My faith in him grew over time, and I finally decided that I wanted to commit and really become a Christian. I heard a sermon about how life is short; and that I shouldn’t waste it by being away from God. I didn’t want to wait any longer, so I decided that I would get baptized. Afterwards, I felt it was easier to put my trust in God. I believe now that he will provide, and it comforts me to know that he has a plan for me, as it says in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  I feel more satisfied with my life now that it has a clearer purpose and direction. I still have times of doubt, like when I’m worried about my grades. I pray to God to help me calm down and to give me strength and knowledge to help me bring my grades up. I’ve been putting more and more faith in God, relying on him in my times of trouble, and thanking him in when I’m doing well. No matter what, I know God is beside me, helping me through his plan.” Alas, how many 9th graders did we encounter, who would boldly declare that he has found purpose and direction in life? I was mesmerized by Maxiwell Luo’s testimony, not only because of his young age, but also very much impressed by his earnest trust in God’s word to be a lamp to guide his feet and a light for his path. (Psalm 119:105) Contrast to his spiritual maturity, I see a new generation who have fallen prey to cultural minefields, helplessly trying to navigate through a myriad of potholes (social media and all kinds of sensual pursuits) inside their hearts and mind; which are filled with anger, frustration, fear and pain. I praise God for young Max and share the joy of his mom, but also lift up our contemporary youths with prayer, that they would show fortitude and courage to counter the tide of secularism, and replace it with God’s pure word, in Jesus holy name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing) 

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