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2008/12/23

圣诞精神


人们在12月份的慷慨行为和善心,往往如昙花一现,以致许多人会说:“真希望我们可以整年都保有圣诞精神!“ 为什么善良与怜悯似乎只与这个节期有关联?难道没有一份源源不断的怜悯,能够超越这种随节期而消失的温暖感觉?

在路加福音的头两章,有7处提到圣灵,在好些人的生命中都看到圣灵的工作,有尚未出世的施洗约翰(1:15)、马利亚(1:35)、以利沙伯(1:41)、撒迦利亚(1:67)和西面(2:25-27).但在这些被称为 “圣诞故事” 的经文中,并未提到人们突然灵光一闪或突如其来的心灵触动。在这里,是圣灵引导西面、充满撒迦利亚和以利沙伯,并让马利亚感孕。

我们是否也像他们一样,能从众多的声音中分辨出圣灵的声音呢?我们是否察觉祂对你的提醒,且渴望顺从遵行?我们是否愿意让祂温暖我们的爱充满我们的心,并透过我们的行动去传播这份爱?

今天,基督的同在及大能透过圣灵在我们当中运行。这圣灵就是真实且终年常存的圣诞精神!

2008/12/20

The Twelve Days of Christmas


On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!

《註》十二種禮物所代表的寓義……
1 a partridge in a pear tree (一隻站在梨樹上的鷓鴣鳥) = 即神之子,耶穌基督。
2 Turtle Doves (兩隻鳩)= 舊約及新約聖經。
3 French Hens (三隻法國母雞)= 信、望、愛三教義。
4 Calling Birds (四隻鳴唱的鳥兒)= 新約聖經的前四卷,或者這四福音的四位作者。
5 Golden Rings (五只金戒指)= 摩西五經,主要是在講人類為何墮入凡塵。
6 Geese A-laying (六隻生蛋的鵝)= 主創造世界的六天
7 Swans A-swimming (七隻游水的天鵝)= 七種聖事,即洗禮、堅信、聖禮、告解、塗油、敘階和婚姻。
8 Maids A-milking (八位擠奶的傭婦)= 八福,即穌登山訓眾所說的八種幸福。
9 Ladies Dancing (九位跳舞的女士)= 九種聖果,即仁愛、喜樂、和平、忍耐、恩慈、良善、信實、溫柔、節制。
10 Lords A-leaping (十個跳躍的男人)= 十誡。
11 Pipers Piping (十一個吹風笛的風笛手)= 十一個忠心的使徒。
12 Drummers Drumming (十二個打鼓的鼓手)= 使徒的十二信條。

2008/12/14

8874 ?!


华人喜欢数字8,音韵“发”,发财的发,讨个好意头。但并不是所有的8都是好意头的哦,来看看上图的车牌号码,多么“大吉利市”。

2008/12/11

盲与忙

最近比较忙
比较烦
糊里糊涂地忙
无理头地忙
一通电话,一封信息,一封email
忙上加忙
盲目地忙碌

2008/12/09

Bad Day

Where is the moment we needed the most
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
They tell me your blue skies fade to gray
They tell me your passion's gone away
And I don't need no carryin' on

You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee you go
You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces every time
And I don't need no carryin' on

Because you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Will you need a blue sky holiday?
The point is they laugh at what you say
And I don't need no carryin' on

You had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day

(Oooh.. a holiday..)

Sometimes the system goes on the blink
And the whole thing turns out wrong
You might not make it back and you know
That you could be well oh that strong
And I'm not wrong

(yeah...)

So where is the passion when you need it the most
Oh you and I
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost

Cause you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You've seen what you like
And how does it feel for one more time
You had a bad day
You had a bad day