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上帝在台灣北部的選民 卓邦宏牧師感恩見證

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一百多年前,先祖父母信主時,被四周親戚詛咒說“你們敗祖,敗教,將來必受天罰。斷絕後裔,死了無人哭”。至今,先祖已傳下六、七代,不但沒有絕後,反而後代繁榮,有牧師、傳道人、長老執事、佈道家、音樂家、醫生、護士、律師等,感謝讚美全能慈愛的上帝。

2009年七月我回台灣時,專程赴桃園南崁一帶,好幾個卓家鄉村,想把福音真理傳授給他們。然而,所遇到的親人都顯得相當冷漠,不但拒絕領受,且對基督教深存敵意。他們是以極不友善的心態,口出惡言,破口大罵。遇此情形想到100多年前,吾先祖父母信主時,被周圍親戚們痛罵詛咒說:“你們敗祖,敗教,將來必定受到天罰,斷絕後裔,死了無人哭”。

當年為了脫離那種無情無理的宗教迫害,我們先祖斷然決定,帶八個兒女和孫等,移居偏僻的東部,台灣後山的花蓮去開墾謀生。

那時候交通尚未發達,經宜蘭、蘇澳到南方澳小港口,必須搭乘小舟,靠海岸行駛到花蓮。因還沒有建設港口,故遇風浪大時,就無法靠岸登陸,不得不再折回南方澳避險,等風浪略為平靜,再冒生命危險駕舟到花蓮靠岸。

當時的台灣人經常會遭遇原住民突擊,慘割人頭,他們把頭顱曬乾後去拜太陽神,誰殺得越多越顯英雄。承蒙天父特別的憐憫與恩待,我們得從種種的險境,保全了全家大小的生命。

例如:某一天我們的牛車跟著團隊回家途中,無緣無故地突然決定停下來休息。想不到,過了片刻,從後頭跟上來的兩個人繼續往前時,瞬間被當地人斬了頭便離開了。另一次,收割完後,三伯父準備在深更半夜,用牛車把稻穀運回,突然間雷霆萬鈞下了一陣暴雨。祖父說:“不要出門了,反正稻已收割了,稻米並不重要,留在田裡好了。”不一會兒,驚聞有人跑來報惡訊說,在不遠處有兩個人被慘殺死了!

又一次,當四伯父在田地耕作之際,“碰”一響,一顆子彈突然擦過他手肘,燒破了上衣。他與牛在大吃驚之下,頓時飛也似地急速離該那田地。後來聽說那射手是村裡最高手的,連一支大拇指粗的灌木枝,距離十公尺都肯定打中。還有一次,有幾個原住民突擊到我們茅屋,原想來斬取人頭,想不到卻轉向豬舍,宰了三隻肥豬頭,便跑掉了。

從上述幾個例子,我們很顯然地體驗到上帝無窮無限的憐憫與恩典,在多災多難的環境中,保全了大家的生命,這絕非是偶然僥倖的。

我們的先祖們,從拜偶像改信耶穌後,一直很虔誠、熱心地持守純正的信仰,被鄰居公認為很誠實、和悅的基督徒。他們雖然失學,卻會背誦一些聖經節,且吟唱多首讚美詩。先祖父經常帶子女和孫等,晚上做家庭禮拜後,才去睡覺。長輩們對子女的管教頗嚴格,注意行為端正,不許口出惡言穢語。我祖父常有一句家訓掛在口頭云:大量就有大福,無量就無福。

先祖父終其一生非常節儉克己耐勞,殷勤務農,愛惜晚輩,蒙主極大恩佑。惟獨一次在壯年時,因極力反對祖母聽福音,有一天,生平健康的他,突然肚子痛的要命。據先父回憶說:“先祖父那時的感覺,痛得難以忍受,若地面有洞,一定要鑽下去。”從此老人家也悔改信上帝,敬拜真神。直到76歲老邁之年,因身體衰弱,有時數週缺席未上教會。當精神體力許可時,我父親才趕快帶他坐牛車,往返數小時的路程,上教會禮拜。之後,先父曾趁機帶先祖父去照一張相片,就是這麼一張寶貴的遺照留下來,成為我們的家寶。

說到初期的鳳林教會,根據建設教會的紀錄,係在1916年1月25日,由我三、四伯父,先父與另一教會會友通力合作,親自砍伐原木建造的。三年後於1919年5月10日再重新建正式禮拜堂。

吾先祖父母生下六男二女,其中老二和老七是牧師,而二伯父算是北部初代宣教士,馬偕博士的最後一批學生。因此有幸在他逝世前,於1901年為我們全家照了一張極寶貴的全家福。先祖父母至今已傳下六、七代,根據1908年我的尋查,不但沒應當初故鄉親人的詛咒絕後,反而蒙上帝賜福,共有680多後裔。其中培養出38個牧師及15個嫁個牧師為師母之外,多半在教會被選為長老和執事的算不清。尚有擔任主日學老師的,一些在國際舞台上的音樂家,佈道家和一些醫生、護士、律師等,在社會各階層服務。半世紀來,移民南北美洲的約佔家族的一半,最難得的是大約有97%以上都進入了教會。

另有一件很明顯而非常希罕的神蹟,即第二次世界大戰終止後,有一年父親八兄弟姊妹及子孫們相聚,為先祖舉行追思禮拜。事後,八位骨肉之親在同桌用餐,歡然談笑的氣氛下,不知是三伯父或先父突然冒出話說:“我們已超過五六十歲了,希望要離世時,能按次序順著走吧!”大家哈哈大笑。那知,果然半世紀之間,從長兄一個挨一個地蒙主恩召。

曾經照顧本人長大最小的小姑母,是最後在2009年7月24日因年紀老邁安然逝世,安息主懷,享年107高壽。主宰生命的天父,讓他們都安享天年,享長壽而後息勞。長輩離世的年齡,依次是86 82 80 87 86 89 92和107歲,均榮歸天國。

但願一切感謝讚美,榮耀歸於慈愛無限的天父上帝,阿們。


                

空麵粉桶裡的頌讚

  基督信徒感恩見證

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我的神必照祂榮耀的豐富,在基督耶穌裏使你們一切所需用的都充足。(腓立比書四:19)

當麵粉桶裡裝滿了麵粉,銀行有足夠生活的存款,而且按時領到薪水的時候,我們確實能夠相信神與我們同在。但有時會在另一種狀況下相信神所應許的,就是當麵粉桶是空的,銀行裡沒有存款,又完全沒有收入的時候。

我曾聽「中國內地代表團」的泰勒牧師說過:“當我最需要信心面對考驗時,卻發現它逐漸離去,此刻就是我必須學習少靠自己,而更多仰賴神的信實之時。惟有我們在神的應許上站立得穩,便會看見信心在遭遇考驗之際及時出現。

也許麵粉沒有了,銀行存款和收入也沒有了,但神在!我知道這是千真萬確的,過去我常在公開場合宣講“真正對神的信心,是能夠把頭伸進空的麵粉桶裡讚美神”。我的妻子聽過我說這話,過了不久,有一天她把我叫到廚房對我說“我要你來唱詩歌”,我覺得奇怪,走過去看看到底是怎麼回事。

原來在廚房中間地上擺著一個她剛拂拭掉塵埃的麵粉桶,她說:“親愛的,我時常聽你說,如果有什麼人相信上帝所說的話,願意把頭伸到空的麵粉桶裡唱詩歌讚美上帝,一切神的祝福就要歸給他,既然你相信上帝所說的話,現在是你的機會來實行你所傳講的了。」

那個空的麵粉桶敞開大口對著我,我的皮夾和麵粉桶一樣是空的,我已經沒有薪水可領,也不知會有任何收入。我不知道我的妻子如此欣賞我的講道,而且她顯然決定,要親眼看我的實踐。我尋求我的信心,找不到,我尋找逃脫的門路也沒有,因為妻子用麵粉桶把出口堵住了!

我說:要我把頭伸進麵粉桶裏歌唱有一個條件。妻子問是什麼條件?我告訴她,要你和我一起把頭伸進去。你知道你答應過與我共安樂,也分擔我的憂患。

妻子同意,於是我們倆便一同把頭伸進麵粉桶,而且一起唱稱頌上帝的讚美詩,我們多麼享受此刻的美好!當我們把頭抬起來,頭髮上都沾到一些麵粉,我們當這是象徵著將會有更多的麵粉跟著來。

當然沒有人知道我們的需要和我家的空麵粉桶,但是第二天雜貨店的人打電話來說,他那裏有一桶麵粉是我家的。直到今天,都不知道這是誰和從什麼地方來的,只知道是我們的天父知道我們的需要。

我曾參加過千人合唱的讚美盛會,也曾經在許多堂皇的教堂裡或蔚藍天空下唱詩歌,但都非常奇異的,和我們在空麵粉桶裡的歌聲不一樣。我願再次宣告:「我的神必照祂榮耀的豐富,在基督耶穌裏使你們一切所需用的都充足。」(腓四:1


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