Jewish Date

3/7/5777   ז' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ז

Daily Golden Verse

Hosea 11:1
When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 7:23
Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

12-07

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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
GRIEF
15年12月07日

"We do not want you to . . . Grieve like the rest . . . Who have no hope." 1 Thessalonians 4:13

The dictionary defines grief as "a keen, mental suffering, or distress over loss." Philosophy teacher Nick Wolterstorff states that suffering occurs "when something prized or loved is ripped away or never granted."

None of us escapes suffering; all will know the grief of loss.

Yet there are degrees of grief. Some people experience a grief that’s intense, almost too much to endure. For others, grief is more like a nagging presence, a spoiler.

The Bible does not deny that there is much heartbreak; nor does it forbid us a sad face as though tears were a betrayal of faith. But it does warn against despair, the settled conviction that all will come to a bad end. The Scriptures dare to speak of hope even in the face of death.

There are many reasons for gathering for worship on Sunday -- some better than others. As we gather today, let’s do so in the desire to honor God and renew our trust in the Lord. Only in God can we be seized by the hope mentioned in our Scripture reading for today. This is a hope that believes, despite all devastating evidence to the contrary, that Jesus will one day restore every inch of this planet to live with us and reunite us with our loved ones.

When we are ignorant of this hope, grief wins.

Dear God, sooner or later we all experience death firsthand. Give us the sure hope that in Christ those who die are alive forevermore. In his name we pray. Amen.

帖撒罗尼迦前书 4:13-18
忧伤
15年12月07日

「我们不愿意……你们忧伤,像那些没有指望的人一样。」 帖前4:13

根据字典的定义,忧伤是「精神上强烈的苦楚,或因失去而带来的痛苦。」哲学教师胡历奇指出,当「珍贵或至爱之物被夺去或无法得到」时,我们便感到痛苦。

没有人能幸免痛苦;每一个人都经历过因失去而带来的忧伤。

然而,忧伤也有不同程度。有些人经历深刻难以忍受的忧伤;至于其他人,他们的忧伤只不过是一些令人烦恼和扫兴的事。

圣经并不否认有令人心碎的事情,它也没有禁止我们挂上一副忧伤的面孔,好像流泪就是对信心的背叛。不过,它却警戒我们不可绝望,因为绝望就好像在下定论说,一切都会是坏结局。就是面对死亡,圣经仍敢于提到盼望。

我们在星期日聚集一起敬拜神,是有很多原因的 —— 虽然原因也有优劣之别。今天,当我们聚集在一起时,让我们持着一颗尊崇神的心,并且重新坚定我们对主的信靠。惟有在神那里,我们才能抓紧今天这段经文提到的盼望。纵然面对压倒性的不利证据,因着盼望我们仍然相信,有一天耶稣将会重建地球每一个角落,祂与我们一起同住,并且让我们与所爱的人重聚。

我们若不晓得这个盼望,我们便被忧伤所胜了。

亲爱的神,我们或迟或早总要亲身经历死亡。求祢赐我们确实的盼望,相信那些在基督里死去的人,必会永远活着。奉祂的名求,阿们。