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<滿有憐恤的天父>6/10-6/16/13

「父親怎樣憐恤他的兒女,耶和華也怎樣憐恤敬畏他的人。」 (詩篇103:13)

“The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” (Psalms 103:13)

默 想禱告:今年父親節想起與父親的關係,我內心突然產生一片茫茫然,悵悵然的感覺。我年幼的時候父親已經往外地謀生,一去就撇下我童年一大段的歲月。印像中 父親身材高瘦,解放後還穿著民國年代的衣履,看上去有點似上海灘紳士型氣派,如同走在時代前端的富家子弟,特別是那套雙襟闊領的簿絨西装兼白襯衣,結上深 色領帶,頗有一副不苟言笑,滿臉書卷氣的文人格調。後來我們舉家遷徙香港,家境大不如前,經濟日漸拮据,雖然家人不再分開,但感覺上我和父親的關係仍然是 像往昔那般疏離,凉水般的清淡。我早己習慣他那種含蓄,收斂,從不將關愛溢於言表的性情,因此心中從沒有產生過想要與他深入相交的冀望。他既非嚴厲,亦非 温和,不愛與兒女玩耍,總是天天在忙生計。高中畢業我考上台大,興奮地趕快策劃遠離令人窒息的香港,遠離一個沒有黏性、心靈互相鎖閉的家。一晃四年大學畢 業,我緊接著申請到美國唸研究所,有幾個月呆在家中,每天為著昂貴的學費而發愁,心裡一直惴惴不安,時刻在想往那裡去找錢呢?暑假快過去,離秋季入學越來 越近,我內心就愈發憂忡,恐怕失去了負笈留學美國的機會。突然有一天,父親下班回家,手中拿著一個信封,神情依舊那樣肅木地對我說:「我向朋友借 來$3,000美元,他亦愿意為你作經濟擔保,我能做的就這麽多,成功與否就看你自己了。」驚愕中,我站在他面前,連「謝謝」這两個字也抖不出來…。憑著 這筆父親借來,僅僅夠付一個學期學費食宿費的款項,我奮鬥經營,终於完成學業。而正在讀研究所的第二年期末考前幾天,我忽然接到電話,才獲悉父親患癌剛離 開人世,因大考在即,無法回家奔喪,如此我自始至終没有向他說過一聲「謝謝」的話。每逢想起這件事,父親那份狀似低調不理,但其實是全心全意,為成全兒子 的理想而奔波求助於人的愛心就令我感激不已。我總覺得,人不完全,因此世間上也不可能找到完美的父親。即便如此,衹要我每次握住父親在我身上所做的這件美 事,久己冷卻的父子情懷亦隨時可以回暖。往後的一生,我生命的一切需要和關顧,乃是由有慈愛又有憐恤的天父來全盤接管。可以說,完全的天父在我還沒認識衪 接受祂,甚至我在母腹中已經覆庇了我。(詩篇139:13-16)肉身的父親尚且盡其所能養育兒女,深信天上的阿爸父對屬衪的兒女更給予全人:即身、心、 靈時刻的眷顧,按祂的旨意把最豐富的生命賞賜給我。這是我一生最真實的經歷。每當我遇上峯迴路轉,困頓難走的境况,祂都攙拉著我的手, 領我越過荒野,涉 過深淵, 走出生命的幽谷,把我輕柔地置放在祂的懷抱裡。父親節使我緬懷過去一段父親對我的關愛,而此刻我更感謝天父在我身上所作一切奇妙的作為,感恩禱 告奉主耶穌聖名,阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

Meditation & Prayer: This year Father’s Day motivates me to recall an unforgettable episode, an isolated but life changing incident happened between me and my father. We were never close to one another when I was real young, as he left home and worked in Hong Kong after the Communist took over China. He was a classy fellow, a typical son of a landlord, well dressed and lived a western lifestyle. He even brought a latest German made brand name record player “Gunther” and learned to play musical instruments in the 1950s. But later we lived with very limited means in Hong Kong. I spent my childhood without him, and lived with him throughout my adolescence but in a socially and emotionally detached manner. I went on to study college in Taiwan, leaving behind a distant relationship. After graduation, I was accepted into the graduate school at UW-Wisconsin Madison with no scholarship offer. How was I supposed to afford going to America? I deeply worried as fall registration date was quickly approaching. Suddenly one day, he came home from work holding a big brown envelope and calmly said to me: “I was able to borrow $3,000 US dollars from my friend, and he is also willing to be your sponsor as required by school. That’s all I can do, son, the rest is all up to you.” I was so shocked that I couldn’t even utter a word of “thank you” to him. Despite insufficient funds, I worked extremely hard and finally finished my Master Degree in Chicago. In a frigidly cold winter evening, during my second year of graduate studies, I received a call and learned that my father just passed away of cancer. It happened just days before my finals, and I missed his funeral and the last opportunity to say “Thank You” face to face. After I had my own family, I began to understand that I wasn’t exactly a good father either. Then I realized there is no perfect father on this earth. With all the negative experiences and unpleasant situations I encountered with him, something is always worth to remember dearly that my father had admirably done for my good. As a Christian, now I feel so blessed being cared for by our heavenly father who is so tender and compassionate toward His children. In fact, Psalm 139:13-16 portrays how our heavenly father cares about each one of us: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.  You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Father’s Day reminds me of my father in flesh who subtly showed his genuine love toward me at critical moments of my life, while all the continuous blessings bestowed by my heavenly father compels me to give Him my utmost respect and thanksgiving daily, in Jesus’ holy name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)

 

王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 榮神传播協會

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