Category: 牧師的話

6月2021:《看見!! Seeing!!》

你的話是我腳前的燈,是我路上的光!~詩篇119:105

耶穌在耶利哥城時,曾經遇到一個瞎子叫做巴底買,他是一個討飯的,對他而言,人生只是個夢想,凡事只能想像。他可以想像這個世界有多漂亮,有多少種的顏色,或是有什麼令人驚嘆的美景;他也可以想像人長什麼樣,男男女女、老老少少或是想像世界上來來往往的人有何不同;他可能聽過千百個人的奇遇冒險故事,也很想要親自去經歷,然而這對巴底買而言,都是夢想,太過遙遠,近乎奢求。

在巴底買的想像中,有一些是很特別的,比如說他聽說過耶穌的大能,他可以醫治生病的人,比醫生還行,甚至死人都能讓他復活;他也聽說過耶穌能藉著五個餅和二條魚就讓五千個人吃飽而且還有剩下;他更聽說過耶穌能呼風喚雨、平靜風暴,甚至能在水面上行走;曾經有人被鬼附,趕出來的鬼能讓一大群豬發瘋、跳下山崖。巴底買有很多的聽說,也對耶穌有了許多的想像,他不只對耶穌好奇,也對那些看過耶穌、認識耶穌、經歷過耶穌的人充滿好奇,遇見耶穌之後的人生,會有什麼樣的改變,改變過的人,會有一個怎麼樣的人生?但想像就只是想像,就只是一個白日夢。

一直到有一天,巴底買又有新的聽說,他聽說耶穌要來耶利哥城,而且會從路上經過,巴底買突然發現,他過去聽說過的故事離他非常的近,近到令人不敢相信,這一次巴底買是否會成為故事中的主角,認識耶穌?他很想,但是他不能,因為他看不見。突然間,不知道從哪裡來的勇氣讓他開始大聲喊叫,「大衛的子孫,可憐我吧!」,這種勇氣使他不再低聲下氣的求人,這種勇氣使他突破自我的限制,他大聲喊叫要引起耶穌的注意,不管旁邊的人如何阻止他,都不能讓他停下想要認識耶穌的渴望。終於,耶穌聽到了,叫他來,而且在他的身邊問說,「要我為你做什麼?」巴底買終於有機會成為故事中的主角了,他回答說:「我要能看見!」,巴底買想要看見聽說過的每一件事情,他想要成為一個有正常功能的人,他更渴望能在別人的面前與人平起平坐,而不是靠人的憐恤與捨施過日子,他願意像別人一樣,辛苦流汗、在生活中享受勞碌所得的幸福,而不想過一個輕鬆容易卻沒有尊嚴的日子。巴底買真心相信耶穌能改變他的生命,也用盡全力讓耶穌知道他的需要,「我想要看見!」。如今的巴底買,不再只是聽說別人改變生命的故事,而是成為生命改變的人了。

我想巴底買看見之後,第一眼應該是耶穌,看看讓他看見的人長什麼樣子,或許也想看看過去施捨他的人長什麼樣子,他也一定很興奮看到這個世界以及他曾經想像過的人事物。但是當他看到自己的時候,也一定很驚訝自己的樣子,因為他之前沒有概念,不知道自己是什麼光景,也許巴底買眼睛看見後的第一件事是去「洗澡」,把自己洗乾淨好去迎向新的人生。很多人眼睛沒有瞎,但卻不一定能看到自己的光景,也看不到未來要走的路。有可能我們不知道我們正踩在什麼樣的處境中,也不一定能看見希望,或是應該扮演的角色。然而耶穌是開人眼睛的主,當我們遇見耶穌,認識耶穌時,不只是清楚看到這是一個怎麼樣的神,也使人看清自己的樣子,當我們改變自己後,才能重新面對未來的挑戰。

人生需要有夢想,但如果夢想只是白日夢,那最終還是一場空。認識耶穌才使我們看清楚自己,也才能看見前面要走的路。


Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. ~Psalm 119:105

When Jesus was in Jericho, he met a blind man named Bartimaeus. He was a beggar; for him, life is just a dream, and everything can only be imagined. He can only imagine how beautiful the world is, how many colors there are, or what amazing sceneries there are; he can also imagine what people look like, the difference between men and women, young and old, or the people coming and going in the world. He may have heard stories about the adventures of hundreds of people, and would like to experience them in person. However, for Bartimaeus, this is a dream, too far out and almost extravagant.

In Bartimaeus’s imagination, some things are very special. For example, he has heard of the power of Jesus, who can heal sick people, is better than doctors, and can even resurrect the dead; he also heard that Jesus was able to feed five thousand people with five loaves and two fishes, and still have leftovers; he had even heard that Jesus could call on the wind and rain, calm storms, and walk on water; at one time, someone was possessed by a demon, the ghost got driven away by Jesus towards a large group of pigs, which went crazy and jumped off the cliff. Bartimaeus had heard a lot about him, and he had a lot of imaginations about Jesus. He is not only curious about Jesus, but also curious about those who have seen Jesus, knew Jesus, and experienced Jesus. After meeting Jesus, how will life change; what will life be like for those who have been changed? But imaginations are just imaginations, all but a pipe dream.

Until one day, Bartimaeus heard something new. He heard that Jesus was coming to Jericho and would pass by on the road. Bartimaeus suddenly discovered that the stories he had heard in the past were very close to him, so close it was hard to believe; will Bartimaeus become the protagonist in the story this time, knowing Jesus? He wanted to, but he couldn’t, because he couldn’t see. Suddenly, he felt a surge of courage and started shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” This courage made him not ask for help in a low voice anymore. This courage enabled him to break through his self-restraints. He yelled at the top of his lungs to attract Jesus’ attention. No matter how the people beside tried to stop him, they couldn’t prevent him from wanting to know Jesus. Finally, Jesus heard him, called him over, and asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus finally had a chance to become the protagonist in the story. He replied, “I want to be able to see!” Bartimaeus wants to see everything he has heard of. He wants to be a normally functional person. He wants to be on an equal social level with others, instead of relying on compassion and charity. He is willing to sweat hard and enjoy the happiness of hard work in life like others, and he does not want to live an easy life without dignity. Bartimaeus sincerely believed that Jesus could change his life, and tried his best to let Jesus know his needs, “I want to see!” Bartimaeus no longer only hear stories about other people’s lives changing, but became a person whose life has changed.

I think that after Bartimaeus can see, the first person he wanted to see was Jesus, to see what the person who gave him eye sight looked like; perhaps he also wants to see what the people who helped him in the past looked like. He must also be very excited to see everything in this world that he could only imagine before. But when he sees himself, he must also be surprised by the way he looked, because he had no concept before and didn’t know what he was like. Perhaps the first thing Bartimaeus did after being able to see was to take a bath, washing himself clean to welcome this new life. Many people are not blind, but they may not be able to see their own situations or the way to go in the future. It is possible that we do not know what kind of situation we are stepping into, nor may we see any hope or the role we should play. However, Jesus is the Lord who opens people’s eyes. When we meet and know Jesus, we not only see clearly what kind of God this is, but also see who we are. When we change ourselves, we enable ourselves to challenge the future.

People’s lives need dreams, but if the dreams are only pipe dreams, it will be nothing in the end. Knowing Jesus lets us see ourselves clearly and also see the way ahead.

5月2021: 看見世界的美好! Seeing the beauty of the world!

即使生氣也不要犯罪,不可含怒到日落!~以弗所書4:26

五月到了!! 溫哥華的花,開的美麗、開的茂盛。不知道是否是疫情的關係,也因為人類被限制在家,今年的溫哥華,野生動物特別多,在鄉間、在郊外、鄰家後院、甚至是在街上都可能看到。從常見的加拿大鵝,coyote,到熊,都可能在你家後院出現。

也許這美景和大自然動物的出現與疫情有關係,人類活動減少了,卻給了野生動物更多的空間,人類的出現增加了環境的壓力。而疫情,意外的使人與環境之間,出現難得的休養機會。

環境需要休息,人的心也需要休息。生命中有許多壓力是我們看不見的,工作的壓力、經濟的壓力、每一個人在家庭中所扮演角色的壓力,甚至是自我期待的壓力,使得我們每一天都在不同的要求、不同的期待下想辦法生存。而社會不斷的改變,使我們也必須不停地跟上改變,免得成為社會邊緣人;一代過了一代,舊的一代過去,新的一代承接上來,生命就在這樣的交替中,不斷地往下延續。這樣的循環原本是美好的,但就在我們的生活壓力下,失去了享受生活的機會。

許多的花正盛開,但沒有心情欣賞,許多美好生命正在孕育著,但我們無心參與。世上有許多美好的事物正發生著,但我們卻看不到那美好。內心的沈重與緊張,使我們著急地走向下一站,卻無暇與我們心愛的人停下來,靜心享受美好事物的片刻。我們的心受傷了! 使我們無法用健康正確的態度來看世界,我們的靈未得釋放,這使我們的情緒一直在波動中,也在自我傷害中,更顯的軟弱與自卑了。

箴言4:23:「你要保守你心,勝過保守一切,因為一生的果效是由心發出」,我們需要讓我們的心得著新的養分,並且先讓我們的心得到飽足,當我們的心是被愛填滿時,我們就會看到愛。當我們的心感受到恩典時,我們才能看見恩典。一生的果效是由心發出,而心影響著我們的情緒,也決定著我們是否能享受這個世界所帶來的美好。

外面的花在盛開著,求上帝給我們一顆美麗的心,有快樂的情,好讓我們看見世界的美好。


In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. ~Ephesians 4:26

May is here!! The flowers in Vancouver are flourishing so beautifully. I don’t know if it’s because of the pandemic, or because people are confined to their homes, there are a lot of wild animals roaming around in Vancouver, and they may be seen in the countryside, the suburbs, the backyard of the neighbor’s house, or even on the streets. From the common Canadian geese, coyotes, to bears, they all may pop up in your backyard.

Perhaps the emergence of this natural beauty and animals are related to the pandemic; the reduction of human activities has given more space for wild animals. People had been giving an increasing amount of pressure to the environment, and the pandemic has unexpectedly created this rare opportunity for recuperation between the people and the environment.

The environment needs rest, and the human heart also needs rest. In life, there are a lot of stress that we can’t see. The stress of work, the stress of the economy, the stress of each person’s role in the family, and even the stress of self-expectation, making different demands and expectations to ourselves every day for survival. The continuous changes in society requires us to keep evolving, so as not to become marginalized people. Generation by generation, the old passes, and the new inherits, this is the alternation of life, constantly moving forward. This was originally a beautiful cycle, but under all these different stress, we have lost the opportunity to enjoy life.

Many flowers are in full bloom, but no one is in the mood to appreciate them. Beautiful lives in nature are breeding, but we have no intention to be part of it. Many beautiful things are happening in the world, but we are blind from them. The heaviness and tension in our hearts make us anxiously moving to the next stop, there is no time to stop with our beloved ones and enjoy the beautiful moments. Our hearts are in pain! It prevents us from seeing the world with the right and healthy attitude. Our spirit are restrained, making our emotions fluctuate, inflicting self-harm onto ourselves, revealing our weakness and low self-esteem.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverb 4:23). We need to fill our hearts with new nutrients, when our hearts are filled with love, we will be able to see love; when our heart feels grace, that’s when we will see grace. Our way of life are created by our hearts, the heart affects our emotions and determines whether we can enjoy the beauty that this world brings.

The flowers outside are in full bloom, ask God to give us a beautiful heart and a joyful mind, so that we can see the beauty of the world.

4月2021: 有神同在就是福! Go Forward Bravely, Fear Nothing, Trust in…

你不要害怕,因為我與你同在,不要驚惶,因為我是你的神!
我必堅固你,我必幫助你,我必用我公義的右手扶持你。~以賽亞書41:10

2020年不是平順的一年,但是2021不只不平順,反而更加險峻。疫苗的出現,給了世界一絲的希望,然而隨著變種病毒的出現,疫情重新升溫,又重新回到防疫緊張的心情。而看著台灣,因為防疫成果不凡,加上蕊片與外銷產業的表現,讓世界看到了台灣的存在。而第408班次的太魯閣號出事,五十人意外喪生,是悲劇,是痛心,但是看到國際社會對台灣火車意外的關心,似乎感受到世界對台灣的重視,對比海峽對岸用軍事武力威嚇繞台的態度,實在有天壤之別。我們不經感慨,苦難什麼時候會結束。

一本根據集中營經歷而寫的書「活出意義來」,作者弗蘭克提到「苦難」是在一種無可避免的、不能逃脫的情境,必須面對一個無法改變的命運。而「苦難的意義」,就是在此情況下,得到一個最後的機會去實現最高的價值與最深的意義。在這種情境下的思考使人重新在「受苦」中找到價值,而不是白白受苦。其中最重要的是,你對苦難採取了什麼樣的態度?態度不能改變苦難的結果,但是態度可以使苦難轉化成祝福。我們因著苦難所學到的人生功課,可以讓我們更有信心去面對苦難。

你如何去面對人生的苦難?是孤單一人忍受著他人的冷眼和嘲笑?你如何走過苦難的路?是帶著害怕和驚惶?只要時間夠,路是一定會走過,然而走過苦難的過程才是我們真正的重點。當我們內心有足夠強大的力量時,我們面對這苦難會迎刃有餘,甚至能戰勝苦難、一無所懼,若有正確的方向,我們不會繞遠路,如果神是我們的應許、是我們的力量,我們能在面對苦難中,磨練出人生極緻的光芒。這是苦難的意義,找到生命的價值。

朋友,神應許與我們同在,使我們不是用害怕的心情來走過苦難。也不用驚慌失措,因為祂必堅固我們,幫助我們,更以公義的右手來扶持。當我們看著在風暴中的世界,被吹的亂七八糟而失去秩序時,要記得,神是我們的幫助,我們的磐石。倚靠耶和華的人,就如同把房子建立在磐石上,我們前行,就無所懼怕。


So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

2020 was not a smooth year, as for 2021, not only is it not going smoothly, but it is more treacherous. The development of vaccines has given the world a glimmer of hope, however, with the emergence of new strains of the virus, we are back to the nervous stages of the pandemic. Looking at Taiwan, with their extraordinary results from epidemic prevention, coupled with the performance of the electronic chip and the export industry, the world has seen the existence of Taiwan. On the Taroko Train number 408, 50 people were killed unexpectedly, it was a heart-aching tragedy. However, seeing the concerns towards Taiwan’s train accident from the international community, it shows the significance of Taiwan within this world; and then there’s a world of difference from across the strait, using military force to throw threatening measures at Taiwan. We cannot help but feel, when will the suffering end.

In the book “Man’s Search for Meaning” based on the experience of concentration camps, the author Frankl mentioned that “suffering” is the fate that one must face in an inevitable and inescapable situation. And “the meaning of suffering” is the last chance to realize the highest value and deepest meaning under this circumstance. Instead of suffering in vain, the people that thinking under this situation find the value in “suffering”. Most importantly, what is your attitude towards suffering? Attitude cannot change the outcome of suffering, but attitude can turn suffering into a blessing. The life lessons we learn from suffering grants us more confidence when facing sufferings.

How do you face the suffering of life? Is it enduring the cold eyes and ridicule of others all by yourself? How do you walk through the road of suffering? Is it with fear and panic? As long as there is enough time, the road will come to pass, but the process of going through the suffering is our real focus. When we have enough strength in our hearts, we will be able to face this suffering with ease, and even overcome it without fear. If we have the right directions, we will not fall into a detour. If God is our promise and our strength, we can hone the ultimate brilliance of life in the face of suffering. This is the meaning of suffering, to find the value of life.

My friend, God promises to be with us so that we don’t go through suffering with fear. There is no need to panic, because He will strengthen us, help us, and support us with a righteous right hand. When we look at the world caught in a storm, being blown up in chaos and out of order, we must remember that God is our guide and our rock. Those who trust in the Lord are like building a house on a solid rock, for we can walk forward without fear.

3月2021: 富貴人生,人生富貴!

在聖經裡,不論是新舊約中哪一個人,都有不完美的地方,而且毫不客氣地指出人的錯誤與缺點。不論是信心之父亞伯拉罕,為了自己活命而謊稱撒萊是他的妹子,雅各為了自己的利益而想盡辦法從自己的哥哥以掃奪走原來不屬於自己的福份。大衛被神揀選設立為以色列的王,但是卻貪圖美色殺人奪妻,同時犯了十誡中的「不可殺人」、「不可姦淫」、「不可貪戀鄰舍的妻子……..」等大罪。而整個以色列民族、國家也在上帝的怒氣中在人類的歷史上沉沉浮浮,經歷許多的艱難,依然有上帝的恩典和慈愛對待著,正如耶利米哀歌3:22中所記『我們不致消滅是出於耶和華諸般的慈愛,是他的憐憫不至斷絕。』這是我們在面對各種災禍後仍然存在,因為上帝就是愛。

整個聖經就是在講「人的犯罪」與「上帝的憐憫」好像拔河一般的拉鋸著。人不斷的犯罪,也不斷從神的愛中得到新的機會,人一直在歷史中學習教訓,卻也一直在教訓中不斷地犯錯。也因為如此,當我們在讀幾千年前所記載下來的經文或記事時,常常會有似曾相識的感覺,好像今天在我們生活周遭發生的事物,在聖經中早就已經記載了。人與人之間的互動,人性的貪念與缺點,如何提升人的價值?一直到追求成功的人生,都可以在聖經中找到一個答案,看見一條途徑。而在人生路上,如何走得更長更遠,以及生死、境遇的解答,如何立定標竿的方向,聖經絕對是經得起考驗的一本人生指南。這信仰,已通過許多人的見證來證明它的用處了。

然而,人在教訓中總是一再的犯錯,許多人眼中的「成功人生」是建立在慾望和物質之上,特別是在財富、權力和名聲,人把這些列在人生清單中的第一順位,更可怕的是,心裡想要嘴上卻不承認,總是找許多的藉口來掩飾自己內心的算計,看起來目標正確,手段卻不堪入目,聽起來冠冕堂皇,卻是害人利己。我們想要追求更有意義的人生,卻在人生的入場,就找錯了方向,而這一點,一直到我們的人生快要走完時才後悔,嘆息著花錯了精神。

耶穌提醒我們,不要只追求世上的財寶,因為世上的財寶會壞、會被偷,要在天上積蓄財寶,因為你的財寶在那裡,你的心就在哪裡。財寶在天上,是不會被偷走的。耶穌更提醒說,不論你在世上追求到多少財寶,擁有多少權力,有多少名聲,你最終也贏不過所羅門王最榮華的時候,而所羅門王在擁有一切時,所吃、所穿、所用、所享受的一切榮華富貴,也比不上這野地的花。『然而我告訴你們,就是所羅門極榮華的時候,他所穿戴的還不如這花一朵。(馬太福音6:29)』朋友,我們的大富大貴在於先求祂的國和祂的義,其他的東西都會加給你們。願我們享受上帝的國和義,甚於享受一切。

2月2021: 春回大地

對華人文化而言,一年之中最重要的節期就是農曆過年了! 不但要除舊佈新,還要春到福到,不只是象徵吉利,也是在生活上重新開始的時間點。最特別的事是,如果你在過年期間不小心打破了碗盤,平常挨罵的,在這個時候就變成了”歲歲平安”的祝福了。而小孩子更是高興,做錯事不但不會被罵,還有”紅包”可以領,甚至在網路時代的今日,連領紅包都可以e-transfer了。意思是不管你跑到哪去,躲在哪裡,都有機會領到紅包了。

我們想要個好彩頭,好讓我們的生活更順遂,也希望透過每一次地重新開始,除去我們內心的虧欠,把錯事一筆勾銷,重新出發。不只是對事,也是對人,藉著新年的開始,互相拜年,與人和解,不但增進感情,也是更加知己知彼,這使得人與人的關係能更加地長長久久。過年,是祝福與被祝福的時刻,更是忘記背後努力面前,向著新標竿直跑的時刻。

然而一個Covid-19打破了我們原本的計劃, 對於今年的農曆過年,大家感受很深,不管你在全世界的任何一個角落,最重要的話題大概就是疫情了。從來沒有想過在課本裡、聖經中的瘟疫,會活生生地出現在科技發達、醫藥進步的21世紀,更沒有想到,除了第一線的醫療人員之外,一般大眾對於疫情最好的貢獻竟然是「待在家中」,若不是親身經歷,實在是很難想像。而疫情嚴重之地,人都沒有出門,只有待在家中也可以染疫確診。我們原本習慣用社交活動”Keep Social, Keep Alive!”來滿足內心的,如今的”Keep Social Distance” 卻正中我們的要害,我們被迫面對孤獨的自我。

然而,「你不孤單!」這不只是聯合教會「新的信條」中的第一句,也是最後一句,人的存在不會拒絕在上帝的創造之外,因「我們居住在上帝的世界中」,而上帝創造的本質是愛,是美好。羅馬書8:35「誰能使我們與基督的愛隔絕呢?難道是患難嗎?是困苦嗎?是逼迫嗎?是飢餓嗎?是赤身露體嗎?是危險嗎?是刀劍嗎?」我想都不是,即使是Covid-19也不能使我們與上帝的愛隔絕! 因為「靠著愛我們的主,在這一切的事上已經得勝有餘了。」我們也在這農曆春節與教會年度會議中,彼此提醒、互相祝福,「願耶和華賜福給你,保護你,願耶和華使祂的臉光照你,賜恩給你。願耶和華向你仰臉,賜你平安。」(民數記6:24~26),願我們大家在這特別的2021年中,不只不孤單,我們一起成為一個生命共同體,生活共榮圈,更找到我們生活的目的與價值。我們僅管昂首闊步,神的保守與祝福,一路相隨。