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保羅在羅馬書八 35、37 說：「誰能使我們與基督的愛隔絕呢？難道是患難嗎？是困苦嗎？是逼迫嗎？是飢餓嗎？是赤身露體嗎？是危險嗎？是刀劍嗎？……然而，靠著愛我們的主，在這一切的事上已經得勝有餘了。」保羅指出，在基督的愛裡，我們可以克勝各樣的攔阻。疫情確實攔阻了我們走在一起，但卻不能攔阻我們在基督愛裡的結連。誠然，通訊科技能夠幫助人克服距離的障礙，但令人產生彼此關懷意願的，卻不是現今的發達科技。今次網上崇拜、團契、會議等聚會所運用的通訊科技，雖然展現了其效能作用，但這些科技更重要的價值，卻是呈現了存在於我們當中的寶貴力量——弟兄姊妹在背後對北宣家的同心支持和愛護。
Shepherding and Loving One Another during the Epidemic
Rev Law Wai Fun
As people stock up amid the increasing severity of the epidemic, there is shortage in some daily necessities, including toilet paper. Two weeks ago in a cold, wet morning, I came across a sister from NPAC. We were both masked, but we know each other so well that we immediately recognized each other. "What brings you here all the way from Shatin to Hong Kong Island so early in the morning?" I asked. She pointed to the toilet rolls in her shopping trolley and said she came to deliver them to an elderly member of our church. The toilet paper stock of the elderly had run out and the item was nowhere to be found. That brought our sister all the way from Shatin in an act of love.
The epidemic has affected the usual church operation. All meetings and activities are suspended in support of the city-wide anti-epidemic efforts. But the same epidemic has also brought out the love among brothers and sisters who use various means to stay connected, shepherding and loving one another. Many began to learn to make group video calls using their phones or computers together so as to have fellowship meetings, Bible studies, small group and other activities online. Meanwhile, deacons, lay pastors, counselors and fellowship members convey by phone their care for some elderly who are not familiar with the electronic media, thus connecting them in this period.
The Apostle Paul said: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us" (Romans 8:35, 37). Paul was saying that we can conquer all obstacles through the love of Christ. The epidemic poses an obstacle for us to meet physically, but it cannot block our ties in the love of Christ. Communication technology helps us overcome the problem of physical distance but technology does not generate our love and care for each other. It is helpful in taking worship services, fellowship and other meetings online but its higher value is in exhibiting the precious power behind – the united love and support of brothers and sisters for the NPAC Family.
I have heard it said: "No fellowship meetings – then take a break." There is no break in our ties of love. Thanks be to God for keeping brothers and sisters of the NPAC Family in the love of Christ as we worship God together and maintain our fellowship and care for one another spiritually online during this time. With mutual care and love and the warmth and strength it brings, I believe brothers and sisters will have the joy and hope with which to win over the coronavirus epidemic.