All I Want for Christmas// 我想要的聖誕禮物

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What does the Christmas season bring to mind for you?  Our Editor Rachel T shares her dreams about all she ever wanted for Christmas. 聖誕節會令你想起甚麼呢?篇者Rachel T與大家分享她一件夢寐以求的聖誕禮物。

It’s Christmas again, and it’s time for me to take out my winter clothing to prepare for the cold season! Growing up in tropical Malaysia, my dream as a little girl was to have a white Christmas where I would wear knitted scarves, hats and gloves. As I was the youngest in my family, I would always be left behind as my sister and my cousins leave Malaysia for their studies or even for vacation.

My grandmother had 5 granddaughters. Whenever one leaves for studies, she would knit scarves, hats and sweaters for them. Grandma knitted the most beautiful accessories and outfits. Being a little girl, I would watch in awe when my sister and cousins proudly parade them in front of grandma.

I remember pulling my grandma’s sleeves gently and asking,  ‘Popo (that means grandma in Chinese), can you knit for me too pwwease’?

And she replied, ‘Of course, I will knit for you when you need them for your white Christmas in college’.

I would smile and dream about that day.  That was all I wanted for Christmas

When I was 13 years old, my grandma fell severely ill. I remember holding her hands saying things like, ‘You have to be there to watch me get into university, get married, popo you have not knitted for me yet’!

Shortly after, my grandma returned to the Lord. That was the most painful experience of my life. As a young teenager, I blamed God for robbing me of my joy and love.

Time slowly healed the pain, and when I was 19  I was getting ready to study law in England. Before I left, my mother passed me a present from my grandma. When I opened it, I found hats, scarves and sweaters knitted by grandma years ago! I went to into my room and cried so hard because she loved me so much that she would prepare so much in advance for me. Her act of love reminded me of the simple dreams I had as a little girl.

When I told this story during my fellowship in Hong Kong, my friend turned to me and said,

‘Wow, Rachel! It’s like God, preparing the treasures for you in heaven’!

And then our big sister in Christ came up to me and she prayed,

‘God wants me to tell u that He remembers your dreams, even the dreams that you have long forgotten’.

I am so amazed at how God used a story that happened years ago to remind me again that He was already planning for me way before I knew Him. As I put on my grandma -knitted  blue hat this Christmas, I am preparing for my dreams to come true. After all these years, I finally learnt that all I want for Christmas is You, Lord. Amen.

 聖誕節又到了!是時候讓寒衣出籠準備過冬。

於熱帶地區馬來西亞長大的我,小時候最希望穿起一身冷帽、冷手套及冷頸巾,過一個暖烘烘的白色聖誕。

但是,我的夢想似乎不能實現。看著姊姊和表姐紛紛出國讀書或旅行,我只有羨慕的份兒,因為我是家中年紀最少的一員,只能待在馬來西亞度過一個名乎其實的「溫暖」聖誕…

我的婆婆有5個孫女。每當有孫女出國讀書的時候,婆婆便會為她們編織頸巾、冷帽或冷毛衣。在我眼中,婆婆編織的東西是最美麗、最合身的!看見姊姊和表姐在婆婆面前穿起她的手作時,我心裡既羨慕又妒忌…

記得一次,我拉著婆婆的衣袖,誠懇地問她:「婆婆,可否也為我編織一件東西?」

她回答說:「當然可以!待你上大學過白色聖誕時,我便會為妳準備。」

在我13歲那年,婆婆病得很重…我很驚訝神竟然藉著一個發生在多年前的故事來提醒我,在我還未認識祂之前,祂早已經為我準備了面前的道路。

還記得有一天,我牽著她粗糙的雙手:「婆婆,妳要看著我上大學、看著我步入教堂,還要親手為我編織毛衣…」

不久,婆婆回天家了…

那是我人生最痛苦的一個經歷,我當時向神破口大罵:「為什麼祢要帶走婆婆?為什麼祢要奪去我的快樂?」

時間,讓傷痛流逝…

19歲的我正預備到英國進修法律時,媽媽送了一份禮物給我,她告訴我,這份禮物是婆婆為我準備的。

當我打開這個蓋著塵埃的禮物盒時,發現內裡全是冷帽、冷頸巾和冷毛衣…

我走到房間,哭聲已不能停止…

原來婆婆早已為我預備好這份聖誕禮物!一份甚至已經被我遺忘了的禮物…

當我在香港參與一個團契活動時,我跟大家分享這個故事。

之後,其中一位團友告訴我:「Rachel!這好像神在天國為你準備的寶藏!」

接著,一位姊妹走過來為我禱告:「神透過我的嘴巴告訴妳,祂一直記掛著妳的夢想、從沒有忘懷,即使妳早已忘記…」

今年聖誕,當我戴上婆婆為我所編織的藍色冷帽時,便會想起天父其實就如婆婆一樣,我所想、所需要的,祂早已預備。

經過人生多個聖誕節之後,我終於明白到,我唯一想要的聖誕禮物,就是祢!我的主!

阿門。

聖誕節又到了!是時候讓寒衣出籠準備過冬。

於熱帶地區馬來西亞長大的我,小時候最希望穿起一身冷帽、冷手套及冷頸巾,過一個暖烘烘的白色聖誕。

但是,我的夢想似乎不能實現。看著姊姊和表姐紛紛出國讀書或旅行,我只有羨慕的份兒,因為我是家中年紀最少的一員,只能待在馬來西亞度過一個名乎其實的「溫暖」聖誕…

我的婆婆有5個孫女。每當有孫女出國讀書的時候,婆婆便會為她們編織頸巾、冷帽或冷毛衣。在我眼中,婆婆編織的東西是最美麗、最合身的!看見姊姊和表姐在婆婆面前穿起她的手作時,我心裡既羨慕又妒忌…

記得一次,我拉著婆婆的衣袖,誠懇地問她:「婆婆,可否也為我編織一件東西?」

她回答說:「當然可以!待你上大學過白色聖誕時,我便會為妳準備。」

我一直期待著那天的來臨,期待著這份夢寐以求的聖誕禮物…

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