Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Title: Come like Children
By Wong King Wai

Luke 18:15-16 – 15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

When my nieces were really young, I would visit them after work to play with them, sing songs and make funny voices using their soft toys. Their antics and wants were a constant joy because they were not afraid to say what they wanted and do what they wanted. Of course, being the doting uncle, I let them walk all over me because that is what a fun uncle would do.

As I look back at those times and also remember my nieces’ chubby cheeks, button noses and constant telling me to “stop singing” (there is a back story there so ask me when you see me :-)), I wonder if the children in Jesus’ time were the same. Were they grabby with their little fingers? Would they be asking one hundred and one questions? Would they play with His hair, clothes and beard?

And then I imagine myself in those children’s shoes, looking to my Lord. I would like to imagine that He would be smiling at me and hugging me and saying “I love you” and “I will never leave you or forsake you”, and I would be able to curl up on His lap as He cradles me, feeling comforted and secure.

During this pandemic, the feeling of uncertainty is at a high level. Some of us are struggling with mental health issues, some of us are worried about job security or have lost jobs, and some have to deal with loss of family members and close friends due to the virus.

Let us, like children, come before our Lord and Saviour to seek solace and refuge. Let’s take time to reflect on the goodness and blessings that God has given us, and snuggle deep into His loving arms to feel his comfort and security. Let us also pray for each other, send texts and make calls to encourage and build up each other as we wait out this season of uncertainty.

May God reveal more of Himself to you and that you will be able to grasp the full measure of His love, grace and mercy in your life. Let me pray for you:

PRAYER: My Father in heaven. I pray for my dear brother or sister who is struggling right now. They need a word from You that will help them keep their hopes up during this time. I pray that You will do that for them and reveal to them Your great love. Thank You for hearing my prayer. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年5月26日
标题:如孩子般前来
作者:黄经为弟兄
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

【路加福音18:15-16 】
15 有人抱着自己的婴孩来见耶稣,要他摸他们,门徒看见就责备那些人。16 耶稣却叫他们来,说:“让小孩子到我这里来,不要禁止他们,因为在神国的,正是这样的人。”

当我的侄女们还很小的时候,我会在下班后去看望她们,和她们一起玩、唱歌,用她们柔软的玩具发出有趣的声音。他们的滑稽动作和心愿常给人带来欢乐,因为他们不怕说出他们想要什么,也不怕做他们想做的事。当然,作为一个宠爱她们的叔叔,我任由她们为所欲为,因为这就是一个有趣的叔叔会做的事情。

当我回顾那段时光,我仍记得我侄女们胖乎乎的脸颊、塌鼻子和不停地叫我 “别唱了”(这里头有一个背景故事,当您看到我的时候可问我😄),不知耶稣时代的孩子们是不是也一样。他们是用小手指抓东西的吗?他们会问101个问题吗?他们会拨弄祂的头发、衣服和胡子吗?

然后我想像自己在他们的位置,仰望着我的主。我想像祂会对我微笑,拥抱着我,对我说 “我爱你” 和 “我必不撇下你,也不丢弃你”;当祂抱着我时,我会蜷缩在祂的膝上,感到舒适和安全。

在这场大流行期间,不确定的感觉处于很高的水平。我们当中有些人正面临心理挣扎,一些人担心工作保障或已经失业,还有一些人不得不应对因病毒而失去家人和密友的情况。

让我们像孩子一般,来到我们的主和救主跟前,寻求安慰和庇护。让我们花时间来思考上帝所赐给我们的良善和祝福,深深地依偎在祂慈爱的怀抱中,感受祂的安慰和稳妥。在我们等待这个不稳定的时期结束之际,让我们也彼此代祷、发短信、打电话,彼此劝慰和互相建立。

愿上帝更多地向您启示祂自己,使您能够在您的生命中充分领会祂的爱、恩典和怜悯。让我为您祈祷:

祈祷 :我在天上的父,我为我正在挣扎中亲爱的弟兄姐妹祷告;他们需要来自祢的话语来帮助他们在这段时间里保持希望。我祈求祢为他们这样做,并向他们展示祢伟大的爱。感谢祢垂听我的祈祷。我奉耶稣的名字祷告。阿们。