Thursday, 5 November 2020
Title: Roses Are Red, My Love, Violets Are Blue
Author: Arnold Lim

Psalm 37:3-6

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

Many of us from my generation are not only familiar but able to sing this 60s song by Bobby Vinton. While listening to it again the other day, I was just struck, for the first time, how sad the song really is. Here’s a look at some lines from the song:

We dated through high school, and when the big day came, I wrote into your book …
Then I went far away, and you found someone new…
Is that your little girl? She looks a lot like you…

From the lines, it is quite obvious that Bobby Vinton remembers a girl from high school. For reasons unknown, they did not get together. Jobs in different cities caused them to be parted. The letters (emails) and phone calls got fewer as time passed and eventually, she married somebody else. When he meets her next, with a daughter, his sadness probably prompted him to write the song.

Alright, I may be imagining things!

Bobby Vinton, 85, is well, and living in Florida and husband of only one wife, Dolly, whom he married in 1962. (Source: Wikipedia) He did not seek out his old girlfriend and risk his marriage.

In contrast, a married friend of mine, tracked down an old flame of his, who was also married at the time. He found her on Facebook. They met up and one thing led to another, and they ended up having an affair. Of course, the wife found out, and you guessed it, the marriage ended up in divorce.

Do not dwell in the past. Leave the past behind. Look forward, not back. It can be detrimental to your walk with God. Men, especially, guard your heart. (Proverbs 4:23) and continue to rejoice in the wife of your youth. (Proverbs 5:18-23) (Read these verses on your own.)

Then, your righteousness will shine like the dawn and your vindication like the noon day sun.

Prayer

Our Lord and Heavenly Father, You are a great and awesome God, slow to anger and abounding in love.

Thank you for Your great love for us; that nothing can snatch us out of Your hands. Thank you for Your great mercy and grace. Thank you for the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for us. Help us to look forward, Lord, and not dwell in the past. Help us to strive forward, leaving what is behind us, to reach the goal of perfection in Jesus Christ.

And I now pray, we will trust in You and do good, so that we will dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. We take delight in You, and we pray that You will give us the desires of our heart. We commit our way to You; we trust in You and we pray that You will make our righteousness shine like the dawn and vindicate us like the noonday sun.

每日灵粮
星期四, 2020年11月5日
标题:玫瑰是红色的,我的爱,紫罗兰是蓝色的
作者:林文礼弟兄
翻译:薛秀合姐妹

诗篇37:3-6
你当倚靠耶和华而行善,住在地上,以他的信实为粮;又要以耶和华为乐,他就将你心里所求的赐给你。当将你的事交托耶和华,并倚靠他,他就必成全。他要使你的公义如光发出,使你的公平明如正午。

许多我们这一代的人不仅熟悉,而且会唱鲍比•文顿这首60年代的歌曲。前几天再听时,我第一次被打动了,这首歌是那么的伤感。这是歌曲中的几行歌词:

在高中期间,我们都在约会,当(毕业)大日子来临时,我在你的纪念册里写上…
后来我到远方去, 而你找到了新男友…
那可是你的女儿?她长得真像你…

从歌词来看,很明显地,鲍比•文顿忆起一个高中女生。因着不知晓的原因,他们并没有在一起。在不同城市的工作使他们分隔两地。随着时间的流逝,信件(电子邮件)和电话越来越少,最终她另嫁他人了。当他与她再相逢时,她有了个女儿,想必是他的悲伤促使他写了这首歌。

好吧,也许是我想多了!

现年85岁的鲍比•文顿,身体健康,目前居住在佛罗里达州,只有一个妻子,多莉,他们在1962年结婚。(来源:维基百科)他并没有去寻找他的前女友使婚姻陷入危机。

相比之下,我的一个已婚朋友,追寻了他的旧情人,当时她也已婚。他在脸书上找到了她。他们相约见面,之后一件事引致另一件事,最后他俩有了婚外情。当然,被他的妻子发现了,如你所料,婚姻以离婚告终。

不要留恋过去,把过去抛诸脑后。展望未來,而不是回头看。这可能对您与上帝同行不利。尤其是男人,要保守您的心(箴言4:23);并且要继续喜悦您幼年所娶的妻(箴言5:18-23)。(请自己阅读这些经文。)

那时,您的公义将会如光发出,你的公平会明如正午。

祷告
我们的主和天父,祢是一位伟大而令人敬畏的上帝,不轻易发怒,且有丰盛的慈爱。
感谢祢对我们的大爱;谁也不能从祢手里把我们夺去 。感谢祢丰富的怜悯和恩典。感谢祢耶稣基督的宝血为我们流下。主啊,帮助我们向前看,不要再留恋过去。帮助我们奋力前进,将过去抛在脑后,在耶稣基督里达至完美的目标。
现在我祷告,我们要倚靠祢并行善,好让我们住在地上享受平安的草场。我们以祢为乐,并祈求祢将我们心里所求的赐给我们。我们将我们的道路交托于祢,并倚靠祢,我们祈愿祢使我们的公义如光发出,使我们的公平明如正午。
奉耶稣的名祷告,阿门

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