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【日本樂散步】為什麼寶貝而活?

 

Chion

 

「為義人死,是少有的,為仁人死,或者有敢作的。惟有基督在我們還作罪人的時候為我們死,神的愛就在此向我們顯明了。」(羅馬書5:8)

死亡總是出其不意地臨到,在有限的人生中,人要為什麼寶貝的事或人而活才有意義?

中村哲的一生—為阿富汗人而活

在2019年12月在阿富汗鬧市中,73歲的中村哲醫生被恐怖分子原因不明地槍殺。他被受阿富汗人民熱愛及尊敬,連阿富汗的總理都親身為他抬棺上飛機,而在飛機尾翼及街道上的牆壁都繪畫上中村醫生的臉容及櫻花,民眾更舉行追悼會記念中村醫生,因他竭盡心力為阿富汗人民爭取「水」及「食物」,是生存必要的東西。

生於日本九州的中村哲醫生,在38歲時為了蒐集昆蟲而前往巴基斯坦及阿富汗一帶參與醫務活動。當地孩子往往因為輪候診症時間過長而致死亡。「口先だけじゃなくて行動に示せ 」大約意思是「不要只用口說,用行動表誠意」,這是中村醫生的口頭禪,所以他成立非政府組織 Peace Japan Medical Service,宗旨是「我們不選擇去那些人人都樂意去的地方,而去急切需要幫助但沒有人願意去的地方」。團隊在阿富汗建診所、醫院及分派食物等。中村醫生心痛人民因水源不潔而死亡,又聽到飽受戰火摧殘的人哭訴著:「貧窮讓我們的手足相殘相爭!」沙漠地帶為了水源及食物,內戰爭端不停。當意識到醫生是一次只能救一人,但有了乾淨的水源能讓整條村莊的人都健康生活,他就坐言起行,同本地人一齊挖了幾百口井。

井水解決日常生活但不足灌田,生計未改善。信念堅定又一意孤行的中村醫生不顧同工們反對,自學日本式水利建設,用鐵絲網把日式石砌牆包得穩固,又在運河旁種植柳樹以用其根鞏固土地。並號召幾百名當地人,在 Gamberi 沙漠中建設了初期的 Marwarid Irrigation Canal(馬爾維德運河)。時至今日,長 25 公里的運河引導庫納河的水灌溉近 16,500 公頃土地,60多萬個家庭得到幫助。土黃的沙子變成綠油油的土薯、花生、蕪菁田及滿滿石榴、香橙樹等。

中村醫生的團隊沒有特定的哲學,但方向明確,會以本地人的角度,尊重他們的文化及價值觀,做出真正能讓他們得益的事。團隊雖已盡力,亦只能幫助困苦中的少數人在有生之年與家人同享三餐,但這對於大多數的阿富汗人已是一個遙遠的奢望,中村醫生也未能讓戰爭停歇。

樹木希林的一生—為自己而活

日本影后級藝人,她樣貌獨持,性格詼諧毒舌,與背叛她的丈夫分居四十多年也不願離婚,甘於接受挑戰來磨練演技,有日本國民奶奶之稱的樹木希林 (Kiki kirin)女士,在 2018 年 9 月因癌病逝世,終年 75 歲。她曾拍攝一輯廣告,參考名畫 Ophelia 的意境,在池面中帶著招牌微笑的扮作快淹死的模樣,標題是「至少死時,照我喜歡來吧!」文字及影像令人震撼。名畫 Ophelia 女主角原是面帶悲哀,而希林女士卻把死亡場景以她的本意真實的演活出來,就如「生也日常,死也日常」。對她來說,死亡不是壞事,老去並非不幸而是有趣,她盡情活夠,可不願再來一次。

樹木希林一生傳奇,獲獎無數,拍下多部代表作,在當時女性被視為次等的年代,以不漂亮的樣貌在影壇脱穎而出。希林女士豁達地接受真實的自己:「就拿我的長相來說好了,就是出了什麼錯才會長這樣(笑)。再怎麼說也擠不進美女演員的行列裡。不過,我就是活用這種不完美,一路走過來的。」逗趣的富士軟片賀年廣告,希林女士自創經典台詞「美的人拍起來更美,不美的人拍起來很如實」,她的戲和她的言行看得人很快樂!

灑脫的樹木希林女士在病重期間,笑說生病也有好處......沒有力氣吵架,人變得十分謙和。在專欄中與讀者總括一生,她活到現在人生算是很精彩。坦然面對生命漸逝,希林女士竟用癌細胞轉移全身的照片,反問採訪的記者說:「看了這照片,你的報導會有什麼改變?」又曾反問追捧她的人:「咦?你說有人因為我說的話而得到了救贖?這已經是「依存症」(心理病的一種)啊,拜託自己想想吧。」自己的人生應自己去面對,她已盡力活完被她形容為「狼狽」的一生。

最好的寶貝是......

一場疫情,開開心心的遊輪旅程,竟成為多人的最後人生之旅,死亡原來那樣逼近。

現在避病毒少出門,真有點被囚在家的感覺。保羅在羅馬監獄等待生死的判刑,他這時寫信對腓立比信徒說到活著就是基督,死了就有益處......活著能傳福音讓更多的人認識耶穌基督。更好的是能死去,因可以與主在一起,在天國中沒有痛苦只有喜樂,沒有恐懼只有平安,是大大的益處。知道死後的好處勝過世間上最寶貝之物,所以保羅才能視一切都看做是糞土,為要得著基督——他最寶貝的。

中村醫生為阿富汗人民而活,希林女士為自己而活,保羅不單為基督而活,死後也能與復活的主基督一起,生死的意義是最好、最好的!你會為那樣寶貝而活?

 

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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