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耶稣说:让小孩子到我这里来,不要禁止他们;因为在天国的,正是这样的人。 (太19:14) 去年圣诞节教会举办了一个布道会。那天我的女儿CJ和另外几个小朋友负责看管5-7岁组的小朋友们。这是事后她写的经历。原文是英文,我将其译成下文。

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献给上帝的礼物 A Gift for God by CJ

在这个世界上有没有可能给上帝送一件礼物呢?全世界的万事万物都由上帝创造掌管,产权全都属于他。那么这样一位奇妙大能又有爱怜的神想让我们给他什么呢?二零零四年的圣诞节,令人惊喜的是我初次参与事奉却能给上帝一份小小的礼物。

圣诞节前的那个星期六下午,教会里举行了一个福音布道会。我很有福气被指定和另外三个小伙伴一起来参与五至七岁小孩的照看。那天我们感受至深,遇到了各种各样的小孩。对我们来说,虽极具挑战,但借着慈爱父神的恩典我们全然应对。

一开始从带名牌到注册都很顺当,虽有一些小孩子好动跑来跑去,但他们最后还是加入整个组里一起安静下来。玩了二个游戏以加强他们之间的相互认识。这期间,我们发现有些小孩子们不懂英文,只好一句英文一句中文进行。这不仅延长了时间,更让我们有点嗓子累。可是神给我们四个小伙伴组成的梯队互相支持帮助和安慰。

齐唱圣诞歌曲开始了,我们也穿插了一些动作表演,孩子们看上去快乐无比。当我们几个梯队成员随着“圣诞十二日”诗歌边唱边跳时,就好像站在云端,围满了笑容满面的孩子们。你可以想象出那是多么奇妙美好的时刻…… 接下来我们开始玩游戏。第一个不是很成功,孩子们可能还浸在刚才的唱跳之中。我们换的另外一个游戏,大家都很开心努力去玩。可是每次只有少数几个人获胜得奖,为了公平,我们停止了这项活动。下面我们就进入到讲圣经故事的时间,孩子们坐在那里安静地听我们讲。提问开始前,我就求神让孩子们能积极答问。没想到那踊跃回答的场面实在令人感动。感谢神,他们不但明白了故事的意义,更通过抢答来表达他们的心意。

时间过得真快,吃晚饭时间到了。我们就召集所有的小孩子们一起手拉手,低头闭上眼睛,一个个挨着进行饭前祷告,整个房间沉浸在平静安详和谐美好的氛围之中。饭后我们讲了一些故事,就开始发圣诞礼物。不知何故,我们放在那里的所有礼品不翼而飞了!看着那几十双小眼睛盯着我们,我有点荒神。但我很快与主管的阿姨联系,将其他班上余出的分发给小朋友。神真是奇妙,他总是象他一贯所做的,为我们全然预备。

终于家长们将各自的小孩们领走。面对空空的教室,此刻我才感到身体有点劳累疲倦,可心里却充满了纯纯的欢喜快乐。我意识到今天我为天上的父神所做的一点点,他必定会为此满心而笑。因为他已接到了一份我们几个献给他的“圣诞礼物”。

我步出教堂大门,外面正飘着雪花。看着一辆辆汽车启动离开停车场,我知道他们都满载着神在他们心中的“礼物”。我也是如此。

这是一个令人难忘的圣诞节。

A Gift for God by CJ

Is it possible to give God a gift? All the riches ofthe world belong to him, so what could such awonderful and loving God ever want? This Christmas, Iwas so thrilled that I had been able to give God agift in my own small way.

On December 25, 2004, our church had a Christmasevangelical service. I was blessed to have the honourto manage a class of 5-7 year olds with my 3 friends.We had a lot of fun that day, and we got to know someof the little kids that we otherwise wouldn’t havemet. There were many challenges, but we got throughall of it with our Father’s mercy and grace. At the beginning, most of the work was fairly easy.We got the kids their nametags and got most of theirparents the nametags too. Some of the parents were abit anxious about the kids, and they waited at thedoor to see what their kids were going to do. Most ofthe kids were quietly sitting in a circle waiting forfurther instructions. There was the occasional one ortwo that were running around, but, they too eventuallysettled down and sat with the rest of the group. When a lot of the children had already arrived, westarted our program. First, we played two “get toknow” games so everyone gets to know each otherbetter. There were some kids that didn’t understandEnglish that day and whatever I said, I had totranslate it into Chinese too, and it became reallytiring. However, thanks to the support of my friends,they helped me explain everything carefully.

Soon, everybody was singing along to Christmas carolsand moving with the actions. Everybody looked happy. Ifelt really good and happy in the middle of thecircle, as I danced along to “The Twelve Days ofChristmas.” I felt as if I was on top of clouds, withall the children singing and laughing along with me.It was an awesome feeling! I couldn’t believe thatlooking after kids was actually fun.

Next, we divided the kids up into 2 groups. We triedto play broken telephone, but it didn’t work reallywell, so we changed the game into an elimination gamewhere the people who win gets candy canes. The gamewas a game that I had tons of fun playing in dramaclass at school, so I supposed everyone here will likeit too. It’s called “Ship Captain.” In this game, the kids went wild! Everybody wastrying their best to get one of those candy canes.There were a few kids that got the candy canes everysingle time, so in all fairness, I decided to end thegame and read a bible story.

The kids didn’t think that the story was sointeresting compared to the fun that they just had,but they still sat down and listened. I was touchedthat in the way they responded when, at the end, Itested them on the Bible story. They all understood alot of it, and they were all very eager to answer allthe questions. I felt so touched!

After the storytelling, I had the kids gather aroundand pray for the dinner. All of them were glad tocomply and they prayed earnestly with me and the otherteachers. Many children there didn’t believe, but theystill closed their eyes, put their tiny hands togetherand bowed their heads. The whole room was silent andstill.

After dinner, the kids had a bit of a storytellingand answer time again. This was the time when we weresupposed to hand out the presents; however, the bagthat contained the presents was gone. My friends and Ipanicked. The bag had originally been near the tablewhere we had set up our registration stuff, but it wasgone. My head went into a woozy mode and I felt slightlydizzy. I didn’t know what to do. In my mind’s eye Isaw all the little kids were looking up at me when Itold them that the bag with all their presents wasgone. I knew that it couldn’t happen.

I went to go see the lady who coordinated the wholechildren’s service that day. She told me to relax andnot worry. Her class had only a small number, so theyhad a lot of presents left over. Also, my dad’s classupstairs had extra presents, so we ended up to haveenough. God had provided again, just like he alwaysdid. All in all, after all the services, I felt delightedand just purely happy, despite being tired and drainedof energy. I felt good about doing something good formy Father in heaven. When I stepped out of the churchinto the parking lot, I could feel him smile upon allof us.

It was a Christmas I’ll never forget.

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