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「僾逮」此名詞相信對大部份人來說,都是一個頗為陌生的詞語,然而它所指所描寫的,卻並不那麼陌生,甚至乎每天都出現在我們身邊、縈繞在我們眼簾的周圍,但在營營役役、東奔西跑的生活中,它的存在卻又常被忽略,或視而不見、甚或視之為多餘。

何為「僾逮」?根據《漢語詞典》,「僾逮」實為:凸光鏡、眼鏡,用以矯正視力或保護眼睛的簡單光學器件。由鏡片和鏡架組成。矯正視力用的眼鏡有近視眼鏡和遠視眼鏡、老光眼鏡以及散光眼鏡三種。保護眼睛用的眼鏡有防護鏡、防風鏡和太陽鏡等。

為何眼鏡被稱作「僾逮」?「逮」dài ㄉㄞˋ :「到」、「及」之意,故有「力有未逮」指力有不及之義。「僾」ài ㄞˋ :「不順」、「閉塞」之意,如肺與氣管堵塞呼吸不暢,亦有依稀,模糊之解釋。眼鏡又名僾逮,取自構成兩字源意思的結合:破塞而達、理順而至。

二零一九年日光時間最短的一日,在前後幾天都下着雨、刮寒風的冬至日,竟然出現陽光「破天之塞、達地之和」的好天氣。一眾來自大溫地區十多間華人教會的老中青幼基督徒弟兄姊妹,亦「理順而至」溫哥華東端,集合於屹立於當地過百年之溫哥華自立中華基督教會。各人都帶著因福音大能的興奮心情,披戴着道成肉身耶穌基督的生命、領受著對大使命與大誡命的回應,整裝待發,準備把主耶穌降生的意義、及基督捨身救贖的大愛及溫暖,帶給在凍冷無情街道上一群被忽視、被遺棄、遺忘的人。

這一群實在是一群需要主耶穌基督福音「僾逮」- 破塞而達、理順而至的人。過去在與他們的接觸及服侍中,確實聽到一段又一段生命閉塞至窒息的故事、觸及一個又一個剪不斷、理還亂的結疤傷痕。一般人印象中的他們,大多時年紀老邁、體弱多病、或遊手好閒之輩。但當我們真正的走到街上,掀起我們緊閉良久的眼簾,伸出我們環翹已慣的雙手,我們會驀然發現,原來他們並非我們躲於密室中、教會內所知所想的一般。他們都是有故事的人,等候著「歷史中祂的故事」(His-story) 破塞而達、理順而至。

這歷史中「祂」的故事,可以如何「破塞而達、理順而至」呢?主耶穌寶貴福音的「僾逮」又如何可以「破天之塞、達地之和」把冰冷變成和暖、模糊化作清晰、黑暗得見光明?其實主耶穌的福音故事,能以「破天達地」,叫他們的故事得以「理順以逮」,在乎的是我們一群基督徒有沒有祂的故事在我們的故事中,而我們又願否「破塞而達」的讓我們生命的故事進到他們破碎的故事中,把基督的愛送至受苦受困之人當中。

很喜歡亞維拉的德蘭(Teresa of Avila, 1515-1582) 在感受到基督捨身救贖大愛、又在回應救主道成肉身榜樣下,所寫的一篇詩篇、一首愛歌、一則對真正經歷又回應主愛之基督徒的呼籲。

德蘭寫道:

 

基督如今在世上 ...

沒有軀體,只有你的身體,

沒有雙手,只有你一對手,

沒有雙腿,只有你一對腳!

基督要透過你的一雙眼 ...

讓祂的憐憫透視世界;

基督要透過你的一雙腳 ...

為祂走遍地極去行善;

今天,基督要用你的一雙手,

進入人群當中去施行祝福!

 

是的,我們經歷過基督大愛的人,原來正是這一群在不順、閉塞、糾結、模糊生命中的「僾逮」。透過我們,把基督的愛、救主的恩「破塞而達、理順而至」的帶到一個又一個在冰冷中被忽略、被遺棄、在救恩門外、福音未及,卻是道成肉身的基督、捨身十架的救主、及榮耀再來的君王極為關心的一群。祂深願他們看見 - 祂雙腿來近他們、祂雙手擁抱他們、祂身軀靠近他們,但祂今天的雙腿在哪?雙手在哪?身軀在哪?雙眼在哪?

二零一九年冬至,我看見「僾逮」在溫哥華東端,我看見基督的身體、祂的手、祂的腳在溫哥華華埠,我看見基督被看見 - 被一群關閉在黑暗中、囚禁在冰冷裏的人看見。我看見一群基督門徒的生命,與基督的生命溶為一體;我看見一群基督的使徒,與基督的使命連結起來;我看見上帝差遣基督的靈,臨在一群有靈的活人身上 --

主的靈在我身上, 因為他用膏膏我,

叫我傳福音給貧窮的人; 差遣我報告:

被擄的得釋放, 瞎眼的得看見, 叫那受壓制的得自由。」

(路加福音 4:18)

在當天的事奉中,有一段小插曲 - 我的「僾逮」(眼鏡) 斷了半。僾逮斷半是在我把一個小烘餅送遞給一個坐在街上的老婆婆時,她怒氣沖沖、一聲不發下,在拒絕我的烘餅的同時,猛然地一手從我臉上把「僾逮」拿去,然後拳頭在我眼前緊緊一握,我的「僾逮」便斷半!她以勝利者的姿態拿着我的「僾逮」的一半,而我只能拿回「僾逮」的另一半。

今天這斷半的「僾逮」放在我辨公室,我每天開始工作時首先看到的便是它。我要自己記得 - 有另外一個人,在幽暗下、不順中拿着另一斷了半的「僾逮」,正在與一個又一個在困塞中、禁閉裏的生命,等候福音的「僾逮」 - 破塞而達、理順而至。
然而 ....

『我又聽見主的聲音說:「我可以差遣誰呢?誰肯為我們去呢?」我說:「我在這裏,請差遣我!」』(以賽亞書 6:8)

 

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喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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