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A Long Drive Through God’s Word

May 7/8, 2022

From the Pastor’s Desk: Pastor Alex Poon

Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,

Have you ever been on a long drive? It’s wonderful, of course for those of us who aren’t affected by motion sickness.

Going on long drives reminds me of James’ exhortation for the Church. “Be doers of the Word, and not just hearers only” (James 1:22).

How do we become doers of the Word? First, it involves the deep and consistent work of understanding the Word of God. Before we may respond to Scriptures, our minds must first comprehend the Scriptures.

And to do this, long journeys in a car remind me of three similarities between a road trip and meditating on God’s Word to us.

Both, ask us to (1) slow down to soak in the scenery, (2) be intelligent to understand the task at hand, (3) grow in patience, so we may find joy.

Slow down and soak in the scenery.

Slow down on your road trip so you may shift your gaze from not only what is in front of you – but all around you. Like a drive through the deep forest – did you see that birds nest way up high? Did you notice the bright sun in how its light hit the treetops?

Slow down as you receive the Word of God. Scriptures doesn’t only give us words of comfort, or the words we are longing to hear… it gives us an argument, a reasoning, a logic – how can we understand the train of thought when we don’t take time to ponder?

Did you notice the nuance of the Biblical authors, in how they used the most descriptive expressions to call attention to this one specific aspect of our glorious Creator? Did you see the fine-tuned word that is written to tune our hearts to His? Did you pace yourself – just enough – to see the majestic detail hidden in the author’s language?

Did you give yourself time to admire, to be mesmerized, so that your heart may be moved?

Be intelligent to understand the task at hand.

The pathway towards worship in our hearts begins first with our minds.

On the Emmaus Road, when Jesus finally revealed himself to those he was walking with, the men asked each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us?” (Luke 24:32). Every disciple of Jesus wants to feel something with God. And to light their hearts ablaze; Jesus opened the Scriptures to them, interpreting it all for them. Their touched hearts started first with their minds.

So, follow the logic behind each thought. Bring your intelligence into the task of reading Scriptures, and let the reason evoke your mind.

Grow in patience so we may find joy.

Patience is a virtue we all need. When we prayerfully and thoughtfully take lingering step after step towards the heart of God, we will know what He says to us, and how He says it.

And with the aiding of the indwelling Spirit who proclaims the truth of God to us, we will feel His presence so near to us, and joy in worship will arise.

His Servant
Pastor Alex Poon

透過駕駛領會神的話語

2022.05.07/08

親愛的列宣家弟兄姊妹:

你曾否試過長途駕駛?對於那些不受暈車浪影響的人來說,過程是精彩的。

長途駕駛讓我想起雅各對教會的勸勉。“你們應該作行道的人,不要單作聽道的人”(雅各書1:22)。

我們如何成為行道的人?首先,需要努力不懈和深入理解神的話語。在回應前,必須首先要領會經文如何對我們說話。

長途駕車就讓我想起駕駛和默想上帝的話語之間的三個相似之處。

(1)放慢腳步享受沿途風景;(2)敏銳並領受;(3)並有耐性,透過過程找到喜樂。

放慢腳步享受沿途風景
駕駛的時候,你會留意到四周圍的事物嗎?穿過茂密的森林的時候-你會否看到在樹上的鳥巢?或者是燦爛的陽光照射到樹梢上?
聖經不僅給我們安慰的說話,或是我們渴望聽到的說話……神的話語可能會給予我們一個論據,一個論證,一個邏輯-如果不用心思考,不能心神領會?
聖經作者會運用不同的表達,希望我們體會神的心意?我們有留意到嗎?
我們有否用時間去欣賞,以至自己的心被感動?

敏銳並領受
我們敬拜的心首先始於我們的心思意念。
在以馬忤斯路上,當耶穌最終向與眾人顯現時,他們彼此說:“我們的心不是火熱的嗎?” (路加福音24:32)。我們有否有這種敏銳的心呢?我們需要全人的投入,才能夠感受。

並有耐性,透過過程找到喜樂
耐性是我們都需要具備的美德。當我們全心全意一步一步地走向上帝的時候,我們就會知道祂向我們說什麼,和如何對我們說。
同一時間,聖靈會幫助我們,明白神的真理。當我們慢下腳步,全人投入,並有耐性去讀神的話語的時候,我們一定會感受到神親密的與我們同在。也因為有了這種感受,我們的敬拜就會體會一種喜樂。

你想要體會這種關係嗎?你需要(1)放慢腳步,(2)敏銳並領受(3)並有耐性。願神祝福你。

主僕
潘啟華傳道

“The Spirit is Willing, But the Flesh is Weak”

2022.01.15/16
From the Pastor’s Desk: Pastor Alex Poon

Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,

In Matthew 26 Jesus, after falling on his face in prayer, praying words that never cease to amaze us, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will”, found his disciples sleeping.

He said to Peter, “… the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41b)

In one sense or another, you may find yourself weak these days. And that’s ok. Sometimes we get up in the morning finding ourselves just in a bit of a sour mood. We wonder why. It wasn’t like the previous evening was eventful in that there was anything to upset us. You might even think to yourself that there isn’t one particular issue in your life that is causing you great stress. Or there might be. There might be something causing you to wake up in anxiousness, or as the saying goes, “on the wrong side of bed”. Sad to say, but that reality is ok too.

How does our Lord Jesus invite us to respond?

He went and fell on his face in prayer when the most trying moment of his life was just around the corner. And then he showed understanding to his disciples when he found them asleep – even if their spirit was willing, their flesh was weak.

And then Jesus went and prayed a common prayer familiar to all of God’s people, “your will be done.”

The point is this; consider, on the days where you want to pray but find it difficult to pray, to pray the words gifted to us by God and the inspired authors.

Consider praying the common words of God’s people.

Consider finding the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 and praying as he teaches us to. Consider opening the book of Psalms to allow the Biblical authors to usher us into seeking God in all circumstances.

You see, in God’s loving heart of compassion; He knows His children need Him. He knows that for those children who depend on Him, our hearts are longing to cry out to Him – but sometimes we just don’t have the words to muster up. And so, He left us with some.

In particular seasons we will experience tiredness, despair and indifference and we’re assured that without exception we’re all going to experience seasons where prayer is dry and honestly really challenging.

And so, it’s like God has left us with handrails to grip onto so that we might know how to pray and what to pray.

Know this; prayer doesn’t have to be full of enthusiasm and passion, but sometimes it will feel like a challenge of enduring stamina.

Keep praying and may you long to pray, still.

Our Lord inclines his ears to us, to hear our every word and cry. And He understands both the joy and longing that fills our hearts.

When the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. When we are falling on our face about to enter into a deep darkness, our Lord Jesus invites us to lean into the words that keep us tuned to Him.

Let us follow Him, let us pray together,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:9-13 ESV)
For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Alex Poon

“心靈雖然願意,肉體卻是軟弱”

2022.01.15/16
作者:潘啟華傳道                                  

列宣家親愛的弟兄弟姊妹:

馬太福音26 章39-40節述說耶穌俯伏在地上禱告後,回頭卻看見祂的門徒睡著了。祂禱告說:“我的父啊,可能的話,求你使這杯離開我;但不要照我的意思,只要照你的旨意”。一個我們驚嘆不已的禱告。

祂對彼得說:“……你們心靈雖然願意,肉體卻是軟弱。”(馬太福音26:41b)

從某程度來上說,當下這些日子你可能會發覺自己精神不振。不要緊;偶爾我們早上起床發覺自己心情有點低落,我們都莫明其妙?是否前一天晚上太多事情煩擾,令我們感到不安。甚至可能會問自己,我的生活沒有甚麼特別的問題會給我帶來巨大的壓力。又或者,一覺醒來發覺自己非常焦慮。無論如何,現實就是如此。

我們的主耶穌邀請我們如何回應?

當主耶穌在祂生命中最艱難的時刻即將到來時,祂俯伏在地上祈禱。然後,當祂發現門徒睡著時,祂向他們表示理解-你們心靈雖然願意,肉體卻是軟弱。

隨後耶穌再次走開去禱告,一個神子民耳熟能詳的禱告:“願你的旨意成全”。

重點是,當你想祈禱但發覺難以祈禱的時候,嘗試用上帝已經賜予我們和默示給作者的話來祈禱。參考上帝子民常用的話語禱告。參考馬太福音六章中的主禱文,按照主耶穌教導我們的方式祈禱。又或者打開詩篇,讓聖經作者引導我們在任何情況下尋求上帝。

上帝慈憐的愛心,祂知道祂的孩子需要祂。祂知道我們那些信靠祂的孩子,我們的心渴望向祂呼求-我們卻不曉得如何開口說話。所以,祂給我們留下了一些話語。

在某些日子裡,我們感到疲乏、絕望和不安;我們會經歷心靈乾涸,缺乏力量去祈禱。因此,上帝給我們留下了幫助,教導我們如何禱告。要知道祈禱不一定是滿腔熱情和激動,反而感覺像是持久耐力的挑戰。不住禱告,願我們仍然渴望禱告。

我們的主耶穌在聆聽我們的每一句說話和呼求。祂明白喜悅和盼望充滿我們的內心。當我們心靈願意,肉體卻是軟弱,當我們落在深邃的黑暗裡,我們的主耶穌邀請我們靠著祂的話語與祂同行。讓我們一起跟隨祂,我們一起禱告。

“我們在天上的父,願你的名被尊為聖,願你的國降臨,願你的旨意成就在地上,如同在天上一樣。我們每天所需的食物,求你今天賜給我們;赦免我們的罪債,好像我們饒恕了得罪我們的人;不要讓我們陷入試探,救我們脫離那惡者。(太6:9-13新譯本)。因為國度、權柄、榮耀,全是你的,直到永遠。阿們”

主僕,
潘啟華傳道

Our God Who Knows Our Routines

Sep 25-26, 2021
From the Pastor’s Desk: Pastor Alex Poon

Just like you, I’m adjusting to a new routine.

September has always been a hectic month. Students going back to school, parents juggling carpool schedules, sports team and extracurriculars releasing their calendars… we’ve all longed for more sleep during this month. But this year, add in face masks and a mix of Zoom and in person event and doesn’t it all seem a bit too much to handle?

I’m adjusting to a new routine too. After 18 months of not going to the gym, I’m back at it… and I’m sore all over. But the ache I feel, the limp in my legs, it’s all teaching me a great lesson – slow down.

Pace yourself. Don’t do too much at once. Practice self-forgiveness when I don’t meet my targeted goals, reach out to friends for kind words of encouragement when I’m in need of support. But most of all, I’m being reminded that while I’m in the thick of the chaos, I can turn to a loving God so in control yet so compassionate He knows my every weary thought, sigh, and
groan. While I may feel out of control – He is not. While I may become lost and tired, He is bountiful in strength and generous in comfort. And He by His grace comes to find me – us.

This is God, so attentive to detail. This is God who knows the flight pattern of every bird in the sky. This is God who times the crash of every ocean wave against the rock. This is God who has set the sun and moon in its place, delivering to us the precious gift of rhythm.

And this is God who keeps attentive to those made in His image. As the Psalmist declares, He inclines His ear to hear every cry and every plea from all those calling out His name (Psalm 116).

Feel lost amongst the tasks? Feel the burden of the incoming events? Face anxiety from the daunting University syllabus? Know your compassionate Father is by your side. He has a plan for you this year, there is a point to it all. Know He works in all the beautiful yet busy parts of your day to reveal to you His good character. And know that as you cope and adjust, He is offering to you the precious gift of His love that will bring you strength by grace.

May you notice Him in your hours. May you notice how the rhythms of your day proclaim His dwelling in your life. May the opportunities each day turn your heart to marvel at His excellent greatness, and may you turn to Him to see Him receiving you in your weariness.

May you find stillness to know that He is God.

 

上帝看顧我們的生活是無微不至

Sep 25-26, 2021
潘啟華傳道

和你一樣,我正在生活中適應新的常規。

一向以來九月是一個忙碌的月份。學生返回校園,家長忙於為子女編排輪流接送時間表,體育活動和課外活動等等…我們都渴望可以爭取多一點休息時間。尤其是今年,再加上口罩、Zoom網上和實體的活動一併進行,這一切似乎令人有點難以應付?

我也在適應新的常規。我已經有18 個月沒有上健身室,再回到健身室健身…一下子我感到渾身酸痛,雙腿無力,這一切身體的疼痛正正在告訴我—我也要慢下來。

調整自己的節奏。不要一次過做太多。學習放鬆並原諒自己沒有達標,當需要支持的時候,向朋友尋求鼓勵幫助。但最重要的是,當我身處忙亂之中時,曉得轉向我們那位慈愛的上帝。祂在掌管,滿有憐憫,我身心疲憊祂是知道的、祂聽到我的呼求。我或會感到失控-但祂不會。我或會迷失和疲倦,祂有無盡的力量和慈憐,靠著祂的恩典祂來尋找到你和我。

這就是上帝,祂無微不至,祂認識天空每隻飛鳥的飛行模式,每一次浪濤拍岸都在祂的時間計算當中。是上帝設立日月星晨各按其位,將節奏這份寶貴的禮物傳遞給我們。

這就是上帝,祂一直關心那些按照祂的形像被造的人。正如詩篇作者所宣告,祂側耳傾聽所有呼求祂名的人的每一次的呼喊和每一次的懇求(詩篇116)。

在工作中感到迷失?為應付即將到來的工作感受到壓力?面對排山倒海的大學課程感到焦慮?要知道慈悲的天父就在你身邊。祂今年為你制定了一個計劃,一切都是好的。要知道我們的天父每天在你忙碌的工作裡向你揭示祂的慈愛和恩典,我們靠著祂支取力量。

願你每時每刻都想起祂。願你留心聆聽祂在你的生活裡祂的節奏。願你每天都讚嘆祂偉大的作為,願你轉向祂,看到祂在你疲憊無力的時候祂的安慰。

願你們尋找到憩息,知道祂是神。

 

耐力

<p><b>Jun 05-06, 2021</b><br><b>潘啟華傳道</b></p>

你曾經參加過比賽嗎?也許,你會像我一樣,雖然已經許多年沒有參加過任何類型的比賽了,但我還記得,最後的三分鐘總是最難耐的。終點線就在眼前,你開始逐秒鐘倒數,你的身體極度疲憊疼痛到不可再忍受。你對自己說,“我不能再等很快就可以鬆口氣…”。

這是精神上的挑戰中最艱困難的一刻。你用盡你的毅力,以個人的意志驅使自己衝過終點線。你疲倦的身體不斷在游說你放鬆你的肌肉,慢步走過終點就算了。但所有優秀的跑步員都知道,這不是完成比賽的方式。

我想這就是我們很多人目前的感受。我們看到大流行的終點線,許多活動逐步重新開放,我們現在可以在餐廳裡用餐了。隨著重啟計劃的宣布,我們期待已久的終點線就在眼前,我們看到終點線,它就在拐角。我們只需要繼續努力向前跑。

這種“繼續努力向前跑”的心態叫耐力。這耐力讓我們跨越大流行,亦是我們一生必須學習的。希伯來書的作者知道所有上帝的孩子都需要這種耐力。

我們在大流行期間需要耐力;當基督徒在門徒訓練甚至在敬拜感到疲憊時,便需要耐力。當生活出現困境、迷失、事事不順景時,我們必須要耐力。因此,希伯來書的作者用了很大的篇幅對他的讀者講解耐力。

我們為何要有耐力?當他的讀者被試探丟棄信心時(希伯來書 10:35,39),當他的讀者開始失去對福音的熱情,失去向外傳福音的心志;希伯來書的作者寫信給他們說:“你們還需要忍耐,好使你們行完了神的旨意,可以領受所應許的。”(希伯來書 10:36)。

他鼓勵信徒要竭力堅持和忍耐-緊緊抓住上帝的應許。但更重要的是,作者將他的讀者指向耶穌,祂是“…那位信心的創始者和完成者”(希伯來書 12:1-2)。這是耶穌賜給我們從神而來的愛之禮物-耐力,是耶穌送給祂孩子的禮物。

如何忍耐呢?耶穌激勵我們的心去渴慕親近祂。耶穌打開我們的心門去體驗祂的慈愛、憐恤、恩慈和幫助多而又多。當我們感到缺乏時,是耶穌給我們力量。即使在我們對耶穌的愛似乎枯竭的日子裡,是耶穌首先更新在我們裡面祂奇妙的作為,我們要敬畏祂。祂給我們另一個敬拜祂的理由,祂給了我們另一種親密感,另一種新的生命氣息。祂給了我們一個新的提醒,我們可以依靠祂,祂是我們的避難所,我們的幫助。我們需要做的就是切實地承認我們需要這樣的愛。我們需要做的就單是尋求和接受。這就是我們救主奇妙的作為。

耐力在我們現實生活中既美麗且複雜。一方面,我們渴望更有耐力,但另一方面,我們不喜歡經歷那個過程。就好像所有運動員都知道,為了獲得更強的耐力,他們必須對自己的身體作出要求。是痛楚,一種源於紀律的正面痛楚,能讓我們在鍛鍊中增強耐力。我們的生命必然會經歷低谷,但在那裡,耶穌激勵我們的心去尋求祂並在祂裡面得安息。

那我們該怎麼辦?我們可以隨時禱告,詩篇 16:11 :“你必把生命的路指示我,在你面前有滿足的喜樂,在你的右手中有永遠的福樂。”讓我們一起為自己的靈魂以及周圍的人的靈魂向神祈禱吧。

尋求耶穌並忍耐到底!

Endurance

<p><b>Jun 05-06, 2021</b><br><strong>From the Pastor’s Desk: Pastor Alex Poon</strong></p>
Have you ever run a race before? Maybe, like me, you haven’t run any sort of race in many, many years. But here’s what I remember; the last 3 minutes were always the hardest. The finish line is in sight, and you’re able now to count down the seconds until your body will no longer feel the burning pain of exhaustion. You think to yourself, “I can’t wait to take that relaxed breath… soon”.

It’s the mental challenge that’s the most difficult at this point. With all your resiliency, you must will your body to cross the finish line… speedily. Your mind is tempted to convince your muscles to slow down, to begin your relaxation a touch early, jogging if not walking across the finish line. But all good runners know that’s not how you finish a race.

I think that’s what a lot of us are feeling these days. We see the finish line of the pandemic, things are beginning to reopen, I mean, we’re now able to eat inside the restaurant now right? With restart plans being announced, we now have somewhat of a better view of what the finish line looks like. If we can’t see the finish line yet, we know it’s right around the corner. We just have to keep on running.

Well, this mentality to “keep on running” is called endurance. And endurance reaches beyond the pandemic, it’s something we must deal with for the rest of life. Endurance is something the author of Hebrew knew all children of God needed.

It’s needed in the midst of a pandemic; it’s needed when Christian’s feel fatigued in discipleship or even our worship. It’s needed when life is confusing, disorienting, full of turmoil in one difficult sense or another. Therefore, the author of Hebrews did not mince his words to his readers.

What are we enduring towards? In the midst of his readers being tempted to throw away their confidence (Hebrews 10:35,39), when his readers began to lose their compassion, or their passion for proclaiming the gospel to each other and perhaps to their own hearts; the Hebrews author wrote to them, “You have need for endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” (Hebrews 10:36).

He encouraged them at length to faithfully persevere and endure – to hold tight to God’s promises. But most importantly, he pointed his readers to Jesus, “the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2). It’s Jesus who gifts us with God’s loving gift of endurance, a gift he gives all his children.

How? Jesus stirs our hearts to move towards him more and more. Jesus opens the eyes of our hearts to see his love, compassion, mercy and help more and more. When we feel we are lacking, it’s Jesus who gives us strength. Even on the days where our love for Jesus seems dry, it’s Jesus first who refreshes our awe and wonder of him. He gives us another reason to worship him, he gives us with another touch of intimacy, another new breath of life. He gives us a fresh reminder how we can lean on him, find our refuge in him, find our help with him. All we need to do is earnestly admit our need for such love. All we need to do is ask and receive. That’s the wonder of our Saviour.

Endurance is a beautiful, yet complicated reality of our lives. On one hand we long for more of it, but on the other hand, we don’t like how we get more of it. Like all athletes know, in order to gain a little more endurance, they must put their bodies to the test. Pain, a good kind of pain rooted in discipline is the kind of experience that will grow us in endurance. We must sit in the experience of the discomfort. But it is there, that Jesus stirs our hearts to seek and rest in him.

So what shall we do? A prayer on our lips can be found in Psalm 16:11 “You make known to them the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Let’s pray this for our own souls, and for the souls of those around us.

Seek Jesus and endure well.

Again, and Again

Feb 20-21, 2021
From the Pastor’s Desk: Pastor Alex Poon

Have you begun to notice that your days are beginning to blur together? Are you beginning to realize you’re forgetting which day of the week it is?

It might be because all our days seem to be so similar now. Our routines are the same day in and day out as we find ourselves spending more time safely at home. Each morning begins in the same way, and each bedtime routine follows the monotony of the day before.

I’ve noticed the same repetitions in my life. And I know others feel the same. Just some enjoy the same routines more than others.

I realize that for me and others who continue to work, we have tasks to separate our weekdays from weekends.  At least we’re more prone to recognize the date on the calendar. But for those of you who are retired, I wonder how you’ve been able to separate your days apart?

While our days may all look similar, let us be sensitive to the nuances of each fresh day.

Monotony or routine can be exciting and fun in their own unique ways. Because through the sameness, you’ll really notice the subtle differences. You’ll notice the smaller variations that rise up above the stillness. You’ll notice the distinct conversation you had today that you didn’t have yesterday. You’ll notice the thought that peaked your curiosity today, that didn’t come to mind yesterday. You’ll notice the budding leaf that’s grown on your living room plant that wasn’t there the day before. Or you’ll notice how the patch of snow you encounter on your daily walk has been turning to water, day by day.

But on the other hand, let’s not deny that the same routine can cause a level of dreariness, or boredom – especially if we’re in a constant state of waiting for the “more”.

I recognize that in this temporary season, while we’re all living under Provincial Health Orders, it may be harder than usual to find the moments of our tomorrow to look forward to. We wonder what the next day will bring and if there will be anything to look forward to. But there is. There’s a blessing in tomorrow’s monotony, because this again-and-again is a direct reflection of the God we worship.

He is God of again-and-again.

God calls the oceans tides to crash against the rock of the cliff day after day, hour by hour, minute after minute, seconds apart.

God causes the sun to come up each fresh morning. To give rise to each new day’s activities. Then, He causes it to go down again for each night’s good rest.

God circles the clouds around the world and back, travelling the skies – as the song goes, “all-the-day long”.

We might be quick to be lost in the monotony, but God thrives in the routine.

Because for God, every petal that grows on the flower, every wildflower in the fields, every blade of grass on the lawn – while they may look all the same to us, to Him, they are so vastly set apart.

In our over and again, let us be quick to be sensitive to the nuances of the day. There, let us notice a new thought that comes, a new curiosity that arises, and those fresh encounters with a wonderment of who God is.

There are thrilling moments to seek. There are fresh encounters to experience. Our God is a creator God, who creates uniquely each new day.

We have reason to worship God for His nature of again and again. Because the piece of routine that draws our worship, is God’s everlasting grace each fresh day.

We rest upon His mercies, which are new every morning. His steadfast love never runs dry. Great is his faithfulness, for He gifts His grace again and again.

My prayer for you is that you find peace in your everyday routines. There is a beauty in doing things the same over and over again. The more you grow in familiarity with each day, the more you’ll notice the subtle differences of it all. And there, in the peace of routine, may you find comfort that you’ve been gifted with an opportunity to just simply… relax.

週而復始

<p><b>Feb 20-21, 2021</b><br><b>潘啟華傳道</b></p>

您會否已察覺到您對每一天的日子變得模糊不清?就連今天是星期幾也忘記了?

或許是因為我們現在每天日常的生活都似乎是一模一樣,天天如是,大部份時間都是安全地留在家裡。每天早晨起床到晚上就寢都跟前一天沒有太大分別,生活變得單調乏味。

我意識到我的生命也是同樣的重複。我知道其他人也有同樣的感覺。只是有一些人會享受千篇一律的生活模式。

對於我和其他在職的人來說,我們的工作讓我們分辨出平日和週末的日子。至少我們更容易識別日曆上的日期。但是對於您們退休人士來說,我好奇您們如何能夠分隔開您們的日子?

即使我們每一天看起來都是差不多,但讓我們對每一天的細微差別保持敏銳的觸覺。

單調或常規的程序也有其獨特之處令人振奮和快樂。因為不斷的重複,您會真正注意到一些細微的差異。甚至體會到寂靜中的一些微小的變化。您會發覺到您今天和昨天的談話有明顯的不同。您今天的思想靈感比昨天的豐富。您會注意到在客廳的植物今天長出了嫩芽。又或者您會發現每天步行時遇到的積雪,如何一天一天溶化變為水。

但是,另一方面,無可否認常規的程序會導致一定程度的沉悶或厭煩-特別是如果我們一直處於等待「更多」的狀態時。

我意識到這個是暫時性的狀況,我們都生活在省級衛生指令之下,期待明天更美好的時光可能比從前更加困難。我們會質疑明天會怎樣或者有什麼值得我們期待呢。還是有的。明天的不變是一種祝福,因為這週而復始直接彰顯出我們敬拜的上帝。

祂是堅持到底的上帝。

上帝叫海洋潮汐撞向懸崖的岩石,日復日、時復時、甚至逐分逐秒。

上帝使每天早晨太陽升起,帶動新的一天的開始。然後,祂使太陽西沉,讓我們每個晚上有好的休息。

上帝在雲中繞著世界迴盪,沿著天空飛舞,正如詩歌唱頌,“晝夜唱和”。

我們可能會很容易在單調無聊中迷失,上帝卻在常規程序中茁壯成長。

因為對上帝而言,花朵上長出的每一片花瓣,田野上的每一朵野花,草坪上的每片草地-在人看來都是一樣,但在上帝看來,它們卻是每天都有著不同的變化。

讓我們每一天對每一件細微的差別保持敏銳的心。讓我們細心留意新的構思,保持好奇心,以及與神相遇的一些奇妙驚喜。

尋求振奮人心的時刻。體驗全新的經歷。我們的上帝是全能的創造者,祂創造獨特的每一天。

因為我們週而復始的敬拜,領我們經歷上帝永恆的恩典,每日都是新的。

我們仰望祂的憐憫,每天早晨都是新的。祂堅定的慈愛永不枯乾。祂的信實廣大,祂降下恩典,施恩不盡。

我為您們每天起居生活平安祈禱。反複地做同樣的事情都是美的。您們對每天的了解越多,就會越發體會到它們之間的細微的差別。祝願大家輕鬆平安渡過每一天。