Follow-up to St. Paul from flyer's blog
In the morning I listerned to a program of BBC 4
.A veteran of Second World War talked about his exprience during the war.He was captured by the Japanese and kept in prison.In spite of fear and being beaten by the guard,they struggled to carry on.He said that it was the human nature that people looked for a shred of hope.It is common sense that people live in hope,drived by hope and run their business for hope.However,where does hope come from?Why do we hope for something better?If we cannot get what we hope for,how can we live the life we lived before?Everyone in this world has the experience of disappointement.Sometimes we may think it is because we are not good enough,sometimes we may think it is the fault of a particular person,sometimes we may accept it and take it as part of our life-happiness and pain is part and parcle of life itself.For those who are lucky,disappointment and frustration may be just a small part,and they can move on without it.But what about those who loose anything if they loose that one they are pursuiting?For those who have unconditional love and always can hide in the shelter of love,lose is not so bad.But what about those who live on their own and no one loves them?It is not easy to answer all these questions and the problem of pain has puzzled scholars and philoshophers for centries.Where does pain come from?How to deal with the problem of pain?How can people keep faith in the face of pain?A long time ago I read a lyric of a Christian song which went:"Even there is a sweet hometown in the heaven,and there is loss and pain in this world,I'd like to stay here."It takes the position that even this life is full of disappoitment and pain,it is still worth living.I find similar point in Bible.When St.Paul said in 'Letter to Philippians':"To live is Christ,to die is gain.If I am to go on living in the body,this will mean fruitful labor for me.Yet what shall I choose?I do not know!I am torn between the two:I desire to depart and be with Christ,which is better by far;but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.Convinced of this,I know I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith."For St.Paul,it is easy to choose to die and it is better to die considering all his suffering.However,he chose to live for his fellow Christians,to work for them, to advance the gospel that he had faith in.In a nutshell,it is the calling on him that asked him to continue his trip of faith.There is no other way in the face of pain of life except the way of faith and the strength to struggle on with faith.When life is disgusting,faith keeps one sober hoping for another better world and working in this inferior one.When one is tired and weak,faith provide the source of strength.When the passangers are thirsty,the fountain of faith gives them pure water.
There is another story by BBC 4
this morning.An old man heard that the Queen was ill and took a long walk dedicating to the cure of Queen.He left home after living there for many years.What motivated him is a word from someone in the street:You can do anything with faith.In such a scientific world,he may be regarded as a fool.However,I think he is right.Yes,one can do anything with faith.
I'd like to use aother story to finish my narration.More than one hundred years ago,an American girl wrote a letter to a famous newspaper asking them whether Santa Claus did exist.The reply is this:"Yes,Virginia.Santa Clause does exist,like truth,courage and love does exist in our life."Maybe it is a reply too good for the adults and too profound for a child.However it speaks the truth.