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至于那份我没开的礼物。。。 Concerning that gift I did not have a chance to open…

上个星期他传简讯给我,他说他有一个小小的要求。。。
他说礼物他还收着,他可以再把礼物送给我吗。。。只是礼物纸有一点“烂”了。。。
我没回答。。。

你们说:
1)他为什么突然有勇气向我提出这个要求呢?

2)我该接受那一份礼物吗?为什么?

3)虽然我没说可以或不可以,后来又发生什么事?

Last week he suddenly texted me and said he had a small request…
He said he still had that gift with him, could he give me that gift again… just that the gift wrap is kind of worn-out already…
I did not answer…

You tell me:
1) Why did he suddenly have the courage to request that from me?

2) Should I accept the gift? Why?

3)Though I did not say yes or no, what actually happened after that?

那一份我没机会开的礼物。。。 A gift that I never had a chance to open…

去年父亲节,他送我一份礼物。。。

我都还没来得及开礼物的时候,却发现一系列伤透我的心的事情。

礼物我没开,因觉得没意思。。。

他把礼物收回说,“我了解,礼物我先收着,我一定会改变,我会处理我的问题,到时我有把握你一定会把礼物打开。”

我等。。。

一年了,礼物我还没开,因他人与礼物都“不见”了。。。我想他大概也忘记他的承诺了吧?

好奇的是,礼物他丢去哪里?那从来没机会开的礼物里面到底装着什么东西?。。。更重要的是,他心里装着什么东西?

唉,不要去想了。。。

但父亲节,哪个父亲不会想到孩子呢。。。?

Last year, on Father’s Day he gave me a gift…

Before I even had time to open the gift, I discovered a series of incidents that broke my heart severely.

I did not open the gift because I thought it was rather meaningless…

He took the gift back and said, “I understand, I’ll keep the gift first. I’ll surely change and solve my problem. I have the confidence that you will open the gift then .”

I waited…

It has been a year, I still have not opened the gift, because he has “disappeared” along with the gift… I think he has probably forgotten his promise too?

I am curious as to where he threw the gift? And what was actually in that gift which I never had a chance to open?… And more importantly what is actually in his heart?

Sigh, no need to think about it anymore…

But it’s Father’s Day, will a father not think of his child…?

我感觉上帝在对我微笑。。。 I could feel God smiling at me…

有多久我们停止说话了?
有一阵子连他电话号码都没了,有时正面碰到也有点尴尬。。。

几天前,心中有个感动,送他一份礼物吧。。。
是来自自己吗,还是上帝?有些人大概会不理解或不太赞成吧。。。
念头还在,但没行动,后来也忘记了。。。然而我心里知道如果是来自神,他一定会提醒我的。。。

几天过后,念头又回来了:送他一份礼物吧!因太忙碌还是没行动。。。
昨天念头又来了,这次还加一句:马上行动!。。。不只是为了祝福他,也释放你自己。。。
我顺服了。。。

过后传个简讯给他说我寄了个礼物给他,他非常讶异的回我简讯说:牧师,为什么还对我这么好?我都做错了那么多。。。
我回答:爱是不死的。。。
然后,我忍了一年的眼泪终于掉下来了。。。我知道我心中有爱。。。

今早醒来,扭开手机,另一个意想不到的人传了简讯进来。。。
这人祝福我一个我没预料的礼物,价值至少有我昨天送出去的四、五倍吧!
怎么会这样?我很不好意思赶快回短讯说:那很多钱耶,我会很不好意思,你做工辛苦,你让我我既难为情又很感动。。。
他说:小意思,请容许我祝福你。。。

我望着天,感觉上帝在对我微笑。。。

How long have we stopped talking?
At one stage I did not even have his number anymore, sometimes it was kind of awkward to bump into each other  face to face…

Few days ago, there was this conviction in my heart: Send him a gift…
Is this from God or myself? Some people probably would not understand or agree…
The thought continued but I did not act and forgot about it later… But I knew in my heart if it is from God, He will certainly remind me…

Few days later the thought came back: Send him a gift! But because I was too busy I still did not do it…
Yesterday the thought came again, this time with another instruction: Do it straight away!… Not only to bless him but to set yourself free too…
I obeyed…

After that I sent him a text message informing him of the gift, he was very surprised and replied: Pas, why do you still treat me so kind… after what I did…
I replied: Love does not die…
Then the tears I had controlled for a year dropped… I know I have love in my heart…

I woke up this morning, after switching on my handphone, another unexpected person sent me a text message…
This person blessed me with an unexpected gift, the value must be four or five times the amount of the gift I sent out yesterday!
How come? I felt embarrassed and quickly replied: That’s a lot of money, you work so hard to earn a living, I will feel so bad though I’m very touched…
He said, it’s only a small token, please allow me to bless you…

I looked at the sky, I could feel God smiling at me…

新加坡最幸福的女佣。。。 Happiest maid in Singapore…

昨天报章上读了这篇有趣也“感人”的报道,一个忠心照顾主人24年的菲律宾女佣在雇主去世时,继承了雇主在遗嘱里留给她的新币六百万遗产。。。

从报道来看,她仿佛的确是一个好女佣,而且跟雇主感情良好。

我觉得感人的地方在于她回答记者的问题,当被询及继承了那么庞大数目,她是否觉得自己是全新加坡最幸福的女佣,她回答:“不管有没有那笔钱,我都是新加坡最幸福的女佣。”

很有智慧的答案吧?

I read in the paper yesterday this interesting and “touching” article. A Filipino maid who faithfully served her employer for 24 years inherited S$6 million from her employer when the employer passed away….

From the report, she seemed a really good maid who had a very good relationship with the employer too.

The part I felt touched is how she answered the reporter when being asked whether she thought she is the happiest maid in Singapore after inheriting such a huge amount. She answered, “I’ve always been the happiest maid in Singapore with or without that amount of money.”

A very wise answer, right?

一首歌勾起一段回忆。。。 A song rekindles a certain memory…

“触景生情”是很确实的一句话。。。

有时候某个画面、景色、歌曲,甚至味道等等,都会让人想起一些往事。。。
当然这些回忆未必是伤心的,也有甜蜜的、有趣的。

歌曲特别会勾起我有一些回忆,因为我从小就喜欢听歌和唱歌,所以在成长过程中曾经很流行的歌曲,再听到难免会让我想起那段时间所经历或发生的事情。。。

信了主也一样,一些诗歌让我印象深刻,包括很多自己写的歌,背后都有一段故事。。。

记得有一首歌,好多年前在祷告会唱曾让我哭得肝肠万断,因为当时发生了某些事,以为这人因此也完蛋了。。。
我哭了几天几夜,如果要数做了牧师曾经历过的失望和伤害,这大概是我记忆中其中最痛的一次吧。。。

多年后,在教会又听到这首歌,在台下的我看到我原以为已经完蛋的人,却已重新在神面前事奉。。。不知该如何形容心中的感动和感恩。

当年唱这首歌时,这人曾让我流下多少伤心和绝望的眼泪。。。
可是那天再唱这首歌和看到这人,我所流的是欣慰和希望的眼泪。。。
那天,我看见了上帝的怜悯。。。

It is true that certain scenarios could provoke certain memories…

Sometimes just a picture, scenery, song or even fragrance can rekindle certain memories in your life…
And of course it does not have to be a sad memory, it can be something sweet or even funny.

Songs especially can rekindle some memories in me as I loved to sing and listen to songs from small. So songs that were very popular as I grew would somehow provoke memories of some incidents or experiences if I hear the songs again…

It is the same after believing in the Lord. Certain songs formed deep impression in me, including many songs I wrote myself, they all have a story behind…

I remember there is a certain song, many years ago when I sang it in a prayer meeting, I had never cried so much… because a certain thing happened then, I thought that was the end of this person…
I cried for many nights and days. If I were to recount the disappointments and hurts I had encountered as a pastor, this could well be just about the most painful in my memory…

So many years later, I heard this song again in church. As I stood there in the congregation watching this person whom I thought was lost many years back serving the Lord once again… it is hard to describe how touched and grateful I felt.

Years ago when I sang this song, this person had caused me to shed tears of pain and hopelessness…
But that day as I sang this song again, they were tears of gladness and hope…
That day, I saw the mercy of God…

见到妈妈,感动与欣慰。。。 Seeing mum, touched and glad…

抵达美里就一直在医院里陪妈妈,两个姐姐也在那边。。。听她讲话,按摩她脚等等。。。

妈说了一句话,让我觉得有点心酸。。。
她说手术过后的第二天,就是姐姐吩咐我一定要过来看妈妈的那一天,妈真的很虚弱。。。当时妈以为自己撑不下去了,她就对主说:“耶稣,如果祢真的要带我回家了,就带我回家吧!但如果祢愿意让我留下来看到我们教会要兴建的美丽新教堂,我也会很高兴留下来。。。”
就是在那时,她问我姐说:“义忠会来看我吗?”。。。
听了真让我感心酸。。。不止想到我,还想到教会。。。

还没去机场飞往美里时,姐的简讯写了妈的另一句话却是让我感欣慰的。。。

就是妈吩咐要我带吹风筒和一面镜子过来,因她担心头发乱,有人来拜访她时不好看。。。姐还附加一句“她的爱美回来了。。。”,读到那里,我笑了,因妈已恢复正常,意思是人好起来了,这让我感欣慰。。。哈哈,我妈可爱吗?

Been staying in the hospital accompanying mum after arriving in Miri, two of my sisters were there too… listening to mum talk, massaging her legs etc…

Mum said something which made me feel quite touched…
She said two days after her operation, that is the day my sister texted to say I must come and see mum, she was really weak…
At that time mum wondered whether she could survive, so she said to the Lord,”Jesus, if You want to bring me home now, then I will go! But if You want me to stay to be able to see the completion of our beautiful new church building, then I will gladly stay too…”
It was at that moment she asked my sister, “Is Gee Tiong coming to see me?”…
I felt quite touched when I heard that… she was not only thinking of me but of the church too…

Before I went to the airport to fly to Miri, my sister texted another thing my mum said which made me feel glad…

That is, mum instructed that I bring her a hair-dryer and mirror as she was concerned that she is not in her top form or her hair is messy if people come and visit her… My sister added this sentence “Her vanity has kicked in…”, I smiled when I read that because I knew mum had returned to normal, meaning she was already getting better, that made me feel glad… haha, isn’t my mum cute?

这就是祖的反应!! This is Jaydon’s reaction!!

话说从头,最近因太忙碌,加上英语说的” out of sight,out of mind ” ( 简翻:没在这里,就忘记你 ),所以差一点把祖的生日给忘了。。。一直到生日前两天才惊觉什么都没给他计划或准备!

一下子也想不出该送他什么,就想既然最近很多廉价机票,可能我该飞去新加坡一天再回来,给他一个惊喜。。。

同工晓薇非常鼓励我去(可能牧师没在比较没压力),就决定买祖生日当天16日的机票飞过去。。。

我就事先联络新加坡另一个也跟我一样疯的牧师帮我调查祖那天的行踪和活动,千交待、万交待不许让任何人知道我要过来,因多一个人知道,就多一个秘密泄露的机会。。。我不想白费心机和飞机票的钱。。。

古晋方面就只有我的同工晓薇知道,她绝对不会泄露秘密因为她珍惜生命;另一个人是例外人田圣,是他送我去机场,他也绝对不会泄露秘密,因为他是一个很懒惰开口的人。。。

抵达新加坡已是晚上8点15分,我的疯狂好友李牧师,已在机场等我,一副007很专业的样子告诉我已查到祖的行踪。。。他跟一些朋友在某咖啡厅庆祝,我们就开车前往。。。

从咖啡厅外面我已清楚看到祖跟朋友们有说有笑。。。很好,一切都照着剧本跑。。。

祖就坐在柜台前的位子,面向柜台。。。我装作平凡顾客很自然的走向柜台跟招待员说话。。。祖觉得这人背影怎么那么像他的牧师,就一直注视着我看;他终于受不了就走到柜台我旁边要看个清楚,他突然间大喊:牧师!你怎么会在这里?!

跟我讲话的招待员都吓得跳起来,哈哈!我却无动于衷,以一口美国腔英语很冷静的对他说:Excuse me, do I know you? I think you must have mistaken me for someone… (译: 对不起,我认识你吗?我看你认错人了。。。)

可是当然祖很确定就是我,就不放过我说:牧师,不要闹了!你怎么会在这里?!

此时我突然间唱:祝你生日快乐~。。。

因为那一整天我都没联络他,故意不给他简讯祝贺等,所以他突然紧紧的抱着我说:我以为你已经忘记我的生日了。。。说罢就哭了起来!我的肩膀都被他眼泪滴湿了。。。

是不是很感动?

啊!算了吧!那是原本的剧本!事实是有些人就是不会跟着剧本跑!!!所以那根本都不是祖的反应!!!

那祖真正的反应又是什么?。。。对不起,太迟了,我真的要睡了,还要翻译成英语啊。。。所以请你们耐心再等下半部吧。。。

Let’s start from the beginning… because I have been very busy recently, plus “out of sight, out of mind”, so I almost forgot about Jaydon’s birthday… until two days before then I realised I hadn’t prepared or planned anything for him!

All of a sudden I couldn’t think of what to give him as a present, so I thought since there are so many budget air tickets nowadays, perhaps I should just fly over to Singapore for a day to surprise him…

My staff, Xiao Wei greatly encouraged me to do so ( may be less pressure if pastor isn’t around ), so I decided to buy the ticket for the 16th, Jaydon’s actual birthday to fly over…

I contacted a Singaporean pastor who is as crazy as me to help me track down Jaydon’s whereabout and activities that day, reminding him millions of times not to let anyone know I was coming, because an additional person knowing means additional risk of secret being leaked… I don’t wish to waste my effort and air tickets money…

In Kuching, only my staff, Xiao Wei knew, she would never leak it to anyone as she treasures her life; another person who knew was Remnant Daniel, he sent me to the airport, he would definitely keep the secret too ‘cos he is a person just too lazy to open his mouth…

I arrived at Singapore at about 8:15pm, my crazy good friend, Pastor Lee was already at the airport waiting for me, looking like a very pro James Bond, he told me he had tracked down Jaydon’s whereabout… he was celebrating with a few friends in a coffee bar, so we drove towards there…

From outside the coffee bar I could see Jaydon clearly, talking and laughing with his friends… very good, everything went according to our script…

Jaydon was sitting right in front of the counter, facing the counter… I acted like a normal customer walking very naturally to the counter to talk to the waiter… Jaydon noticed this person’s back somehow seemed so similar to his pastor’s, so he kept staring at me; finally he couldn’t resist it so he came towards me to have a good look, and he suddenly exclaimed very loudly: Pastor! Why are you here?!

The waiter talking to me jumped with fright, haha! But I was indifferent, and said to him calmly with American accent: Excuse me, do I know you? I think you must have mistaken me for someone else…

But of course Jaydon was very certain it was me, so he didn’t retreat and said: Come on, pastor, stop pretending! Why are you here?!

At that moment, I suddenly sang: Happy birthday to you~…

Because that whole day I did not contact him at all, and I purposely did not send him any greeting etc, so he suddenly held me very tightly and said: I thought you have forgotten it’s my birthday today… at that he broke down and cried and wet my shoulders…

Isn’t that very touching?

Arrgh! Forget it! That was supposed to be the original script! The truth is, some people just won’t follow the script!!! So that was not Jaydon’s reaction at all!!!

Then what was Jaydon’s actual reaction?… Sorry, it’s really late now and I must go to bed… so please wait patiently for Part 2…