我們擁有什麼

三十年來,我未曾擁有情人。男士們需要得到我父親的許可才能和我約會,因為那時父親嚴厲,鮮少男生嘗試,所以我放棄會擁有情人的盼望。

Valentine's Day mug當我三十一歲時,我收到一個滿是愛心圖案的星巴克杯子,盒子上只寫著「給Karen」。沒想到那是Luke送我的第一個情人節禮物。

但是這篇文章並不是關於那些你可能沒有的事物。這個情人節,我想提醒大家我們真正擁有的是什麼。

我們常在婚禮上聽到「為這個緣故,人要離開父母,與妻子連合,二人成為一體。」(弗5:31) 但這一節為何會提到男人要離開父母,現今的文化卻多為女人離開她的家人呢?我想分享一個故事來回答這個問題。

當Arianna兩歲時,她開始做惡夢。有一晚,她哭著醒來說有一隻狐狸在追她。在好幾次她半夜哭醒跑來找我們後,我們決定為她在我們房裡設置一個小床,這樣會比較容易些。

有一晚,我醒來時聽到她的啜泣聲,我走過去安撫她才發現她還在睡覺,她在做另一個惡夢。即使我筋疲力竭,身為母親的我還是心疼她。我想她繼續睡覺但同時也希望能叫醒她並告訴她一切都會沒事的,她的夢都不是真的。

這也是基督為我們所做的,「這是極大的奧秘,但我是指著基督和教會說的。」(弗5:32) 婚姻是上帝愛我們的表徵。耶穌離開祂在天堂的家、離開愛祂的父親、還有祂的榮耀,來到我們的世界只為了告訴我們我們的夢魘有一天將會過去。

這還不是全部。當經文提到男人當與妻子連合時,正是在告訴我們耶穌不只是追求那些不愛祂的人而是那些尋求其他神的人們。我們喜愛浪漫的愛情,因為當我們被另一個人了解及接受時便能感到完全,但耶穌卻為了那些屢次拒絕祂及迫害祂的人們而來。那樣的愛對我來說是深不可測的。

最後一個部分提及二人成為一體,因為耶穌愛我們、為我們而活、為我們受害、為我們死為我們復活,祂與我們連合以致上帝看待我們如同看待祂的愛子,所以當死亡審判之時我們得以被救贖、被愛、被接受及被完全了解。這就是神的愛,因著祂的貧窮使我們得以富足;因著祂帶走我們的疾病使我們被醫治;因著祂承擔所有的苦痛使我們得喜悅,聖經也告訴我們就算是死亡也不能將我們與基督的愛分離。

所以這個情人節請記得你擁有的是什麼—從上帝而來奢侈過度的愛。

 

作者:Karen Kallberg

翻譯:Linda Huang

 

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I’m Linda Huang. I’m currently studying in Sweden and was participated in VOICE as a student in 2013 and V2 in 2015. Before going to VOICE, I have always been a normal person, with a normal life. I just followed the tradition of the Chinese people and worshipped their idols. After I graduated from senior high school, I started a part time job. I didn’t know why I earned the money. I just kept working. Then in April, 2013, my elementary school’s classmate Sean Liao told me everything about VOICE. What impressed me the most was that he said “You will never forget anything that happens over there”. He invited me to apply for VOICE that year. I was in a quandary first, because I knew I had to pay the money. However, I thought it might be a good way to know God more so I applied it and paid two-thirds of the money by myself. The first weekend was my first time to go to church. On that day, I fainted because I didn’t eat breakfast. Karen took care of me and told me something about Jesus. She said “Jesus would be your best friend for a lifetime.” which I still remember. Even though it was a little bit awkward that I didn’t know anything about Jesus and never read the Bible or prayed before, but now I know the things that God told me is whoever believes in God shall not perish but have eternal life. God will change us to be the person He designed us to be. He had made preparations for me beforehand for a long time. I also got baptized in 2015 when I returned to VOICE. I will keep loving Him and serving Him. And I hope that I will spread the good news to other people that haven’t heard of it yet. God has truly stepped into my heart and blessed me, giving me a new life and Jesus Christ to hold on to my faith. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”. - Proverbs 3:5-6

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