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<學習體恤別人>8/19-8/25/13

「辱罵傷破了我的心,我又滿了憂愁我指望有人體恤,卻沒有一個;我指望有人安慰,卻找不著一個。」詩69:20 

“Insults have broken my heart. I’m sick about it. I hoped for sympathy, but there wasn’t any; I hoped for comforters, but couldn’t find any.” (Psalm 69:20)

默想禱告: 大病後發現自己說話咬 字和發音不大清楚, 一面講一面找不著適當的辭句, 思維又突然會中斷,特別跟陌生人對話時很容易產生挫敗感。上一回去麥當勞吃早餐,店員是個高瘦的黑人小伙子。我輕柔地對他說「來一碗燕麥 Oatmeal」,他回答:「你要甚麽?」當時以為自己聲音太小,於是提高嗓子再說一遍:「我要Oatmeal!」「甚麼?CookedMeal?」他側 著耳,一副很詫異的樣子。看在旁有幾位老美顧客以好奇的視線向我瞄射,內心一股惱火馬上騰昇,忍不住逐個字母用高分貝甩出“O”“A”“T”Meal一 字,聯想說的時候肯定是臉紅耳赤,招來許多雙白眼。當時我所經歷紛繁複雜的情緒有被羞辱、被誤解、激動、受岐視、委曲…等等感受,倘若把這些發了霉的心情 投放在攪伴機中高速打滾轉動,可以在瞬間絞出一杯濃濃的苦毒。為了防衛受創的「自尊」繼續惡化,我的內心馬上作出反擊:「你是誰?你這乳臭未乾,中學可能 還沒唸完,單親家庭出身的小子…半點常識都沒有!」無言的謾罵繞圈了好幾秒,直到聽見「Sir,Sir!」的重覆叫唤我才驚覺起來。回到家,心中難受的感 覺持續發酵。就在這心緒不平之際,突然間很多幅圖像在腦海中不停浮現,佔據了整個思維空間。圖中的人物有尼泊爾的年老移民,中過風又有腦疾的病人,在原居 地只有小學程度的勞工,中東來沒上過學校的家庭主婦,分別在極度緊張徬徨的處境中考英語入籍面試的移民群體。記得有一位國內來挺有氣質,高學歷的退休女仕 考試失敗後向我不停訴苦,說移民官如何不近人情,沒體諒之心;我坐著聽了她半小時,雖然改變不了結果,但臨走前她心氣平和的說:「謝謝你願意聽我的訴求, 明白我的感受。」近日緊追新浪、搜狐微博報導有關國内社會各種人事物態勢發展,强烈感應出網民的語言日趨暴戾,殺氣騰騰。眾人因對社會制度的不公平,官員 的腐敗,貧富極端不均,在高壓環境下拼搏生活的齷齪與無奈,內心自然會逐漸形成集體的負面心理折射,將怨恨和苦毒的炮彈在網上隨意投擲爆炸。持久活在這種 社會狀態和氛圍的人真需要被體恤,被關懷,被安慰才能擺脫生命種種的困局。祗有耶穌基督無條件的愛和憐憫能撫平醫治人一切心靈的傷害;祂更願意聆聽每個人 的傾訴,成為我們心中的指望。因為衪可以進入每個人的內心世界,真正明白我們心中深切的感受。祂不輕易發怒、指責,反而以恩慈對待。在祂的愛中是有忍耐、 包容和接納,藉著效法祂,我們也能學習「凡事包容,凡事相信,凡事盼望,凡事忍耐。」(林前13:7)這是我們本性做不到,或靠攻克己身,叫己身服我的修 煉所無法達成的果效。主耶穌被辱駡不還口,被打不還手,這並非是祂無能反擊,而是衪甘願如此,謙卑自己,成就了救贖工作,由此更能體恤世人的軟弱和無助。 這是中國社會人心目前亟需的心靈工程建構方案,不然賺得世界卻失去生命,人人心中沒有平安,常常患得患失,何苦!美國社會在破敗中也需要上帝特別的憐憫, 否則五十步笑百步, 早晚倒塌會更大! 祈求禱告, 奉主耶穌聖名, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

 

Meditation & Prayer: After the stroke, I have suffered weak muscle coordination, thought disconnection and speech issues. It easily frustrates me when I lost words, mispronounce during a conversation. One morning at McDonald, I ordered a cup of oatmeal for breakfast. “What did you say?” A black teen asked me. “I want oatmeal” I raised my voice thinking I might have spoken too soft. “What, you want a cooked meal?” I couldn’t believe what I heard and reacted in a high pitch tone: “O” “A” “T” meal! A few people stared at me as though I lost control. I felt humiliated, embarrassed and dejected. All of a sudden, a psychological warfare began. My emotions boiled over and dished out some non-verbal attacks in my mind: “You idiot, use some common sense!” This silent onslaught lasted a few seconds until his puzzling voice startled me: “Sir, Sir!” That evening, I was still feeling upset about what happened. At that moment, suddenly, different mental images appeared one after another, mirroring various applicants sitting inside different offices as the backdrop, simultaneously struggled to answer questions in English in order to pass the naturalization test. One was an old man from Nepal, the other suffered cognitive impairment, followed by a laborer from Mexico and a middle-eastern housewife, all expressed with broken sentences in agony. I also remember at one time a Chinese lady told me how insensitive the interviewing officer treated her during the interview. I simply listened to her monologue for half an hour and sadly told her she flunk it anyway. “I know you cannot do anything, but I appreciate you listened to me and explain the process.” Every day I come across many disgruntled people, either in real life situations or in the cyber world. I can sense tremendous social tension in the current Chinese society as I read bloggers spill out their guts, launch their endless tirades against social injustice, and make constant allegations about corruptions in every sector with a long diatribe. People will gradually become numb when hurling accusations at each other after a while, as though no one would care to show some compassion. Perhaps, it is a true reflection of a cold and harsh world, unless the love and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ permeate our hearts. We do not know how to love, but “We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”—1 John 4:19-21 ESV. I don’t expect non-believers develop such spiritual insights, nor they would abide themselves in this spiritual mandate, but Christians should carry this trademark of love and compassion in treating others, just as Jesus shows his unfailing love toward mankind as a perfect example.(This does not mean we need to tolerate sins and immorality.) By showing empathy to others, which is, identifying ourselves with another person's feelings, experiences, and emotions, particularly in regards to misfortune; and by showing our compassion, sympathy, understanding, we’ll be more and more like Christ, 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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