25 約在半夜，保羅和西拉祈禱歌頌 神，囚犯們都側耳聽著。
34 就帶他們到家裡，擺上飯食，他和全家因信了 神就大大喜樂。
Love (III) by George Herbert
Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lacked any thing.
A guest, I answered, worthy to be here:
Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I?
Truth Lord, but I have marred them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
My dear, then I will serve.
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:
So I did sit and eat.
On Friday 13th Ps. Shiu gave a talk on the (what seemingly simple) message of “So.. what is the good message really mean?”. It was an interactive style talk but well worth listening to.
Also this talk is very closely related to the other sermons from SCAC which has been going on for a few weeks. If you are interested please see the link from the SCAC website @ http://chinese.scacseattle.org/
I came across reading this excerpt from Thomas Merton, which reminds me of what pastor shared this morning.
“In the spiritual life there are no tricks and no short cuts… One cannot begin to face the real difficulties of the life of prayer and meditation unless one is first perfectly content to be a beginner and really experience oneself as one who knows little or nothing, and has a desperate need to learn the bare rudiments. Those who think they “know” from the beginning never, in fact, come to know anything…
We do not want to be beginners. But let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything else but beginners, all our life.”
We are all in equal footing – in this journey of life, and with our spiritual walk together. May we continue to grow and support each other lovingly.
「這樣，那些在後的，將要在前；那些在前的，將要在後。」- 馬太福音 20:16