【12.10】携带骸骨的人Bone Carriers


“摩西把约瑟的骸骨一同带去,因为约瑟曾叫以色列人严严地起誓。” – 出 13:19

我有一个朋友,他乐于作一个携带骸骨的人。这意味着什么?

圣经中记载,当神呼召摩西带领以色列民离开埃及时,他们实践了一个承诺,就是将约瑟的骸骨带到应许之地,好在那里安葬。所以,在旷野的四十多年里,需要有人负责携带这些骸骨。携带骸骨的入的名字虽然没有和摩西、亚伦、米利暗、或约书亚一同列出,然而他们却鼎力完成了一个重要的承诺。当以色列民抵达应许之地时,约瑟的骸骨便安葬在那里。(约书亚记 24:32)。

携带骸骨的人,就是那些承担不起眼的工作、却对维系信仰群体很有价值的入。在RCM,我们通过一间医疗用品商店购买了一条人体股骨的复制品。在员工开会时,我们会依次传递这条股骨,藉此向那些时常默默承担不为人知的工作的人致敬。

Smoky负责清理我们建筑物外面的垃圾 - 一位携带骸骨的人。Bruce时常都在修理用坏的器物 - 另一位携带骸骨的人。Kisha经常超时工作、但鲜有人留意到她 - 又一位携带骸骨的人。还有Tamika,DeWitt,Ty,Mary,Kadie,Steve,Sandra,Megan,Kayla - 他们都是携带骸骨的人。

神的国有各种不同恩赐的人。我为昔日那些携带约瑟骸骨的人感恩,我也为今日在Roseland携带骸骨的人感恩。在你的社区中,谁是那些携带骸骨的人呢?

祷告

主啊,我们为所有担当了不显眼的工作、忠心维护社区蓬勃发展的人感谢你。惟愿在一切我们所作的事上,我们都能尊崇你、服事你。阿们。

出埃及记 13:17-22

17法老容百姓去的时候,非利士地的道路虽近,神却不领他们从那里走,因为神说:“恐怕百姓遇见打仗后悔,就回埃及去。”
18所以神领百姓绕道而行,走红海旷野的路。以色列人出埃及地,都带着兵器上去。
19摩西把约瑟的骸骨一同带去,因为约瑟曾叫以色列人严严地起誓,对他们说:“神必眷顾你们,你们要把我的骸骨从这里一同带上去。”
20他们从疏割起行,在旷野边的以倘安营。
21日间耶和华在云柱中领他们的路,夜间在火柱中光照他们,使他们日夜都可以行走。
22日间云柱,夜间火柱,总不离开百姓的面前。

Bone Carriers

“Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the Israelites swear an oath.” – Exodus 13:19

A friend of mine loves carrying bones. Huh?

In the Bible, when God calls Moses to lead the people out of Egypt, they kept a promise by taking Joseph’s bones with them to be buried in the promised land. So for over 40 years it was someone’s job to carry the bones. Their names are not mentioned with Moses, Aaron, Miriam, or Joshua, and yet they helped to fulfill an important promise. And when the people got to the promised land, Joseph’s bones were buried (Joshua 24:32).

Bone carriers are the people who do the unglamorous work that helps to hold faith communities together. At Roseland Christian Ministries we found a medical supply company and purchased a human femur replica. We passed around this bone to each other at staff meetings, recognizing people who do the work that often gets overlooked.

Smoky picks up trash outside our building. Bone carrier. Bruce is always fixing whatever is broken. Bone carrier. Kisha puts in extra time in many areas that go unnoticed. Bone carrier. Tamika, DeWitt, Ty, David, Mary, Kadie, Steve, Sandra, Megan, Kayla—all bone carriers.

God’s kingdom takes all kinds of people with a variety of gifts. I’m grateful for the carriers of Joseph’s bones, and I’m grateful for the bone carriers here in Roseland. Who are the bone carriers in your community?

Prayer

Lord, thank you for all the people who do the unseen work that keep communities thriving. May we honor and serve you in all we do. Amen.

诵读: 骆云秀
片头: 张妙阳

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