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独臂圣诗作家惠特勒

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  在美国南北內战中,1863年五月到七月间的威克斯堡(Vicksburg)战役,有转捩性的作用。对於参与战役的惠特勒,其人生也正是如此。


惠特勒 Daniel W. Whittle

  惠特勒(Daniel Webster Whittle, 1840-1901)在战爭中负伤,失去了右臂,更不幸成为南军的俘虏。
  在悲伤,失望,孤单的时候,幸而想起了母亲放在他背包中的新约圣经;惠特勒从来沒注意过,现在枯闷的时候,打开来读,发现很有趣味,使他得安慰。一天又一天,他用心的读。
  有一天,有人来邀请他,去为垂死的士兵祷告。惠特勒说:“我自己这样污秽,满身罪恶,怎配为別人祷告?”但那人不由分说,勉強他,並且说:“我见你在读圣经!”
  惠特勒去了。看到那名伤兵,实在需要安慰,他几乎是悲鸣,哀求着说:“为我祷告!为我祷告!”
  惠特勒照所知道的真理,把得救的知识告诉他,为他祷告;就在为別人祷告的同时,惠特勒自己也重生得救了。
  惠特勒晉升到少校,退役后,返回芝加哥。在那里,他成为有名的爱尔今(Elgin)时计制造公司的财务主管,並且热心事奉主。他也认识了当地以热心主日学知名的慕迪(Dwight L. Moody, 1837-1899)


慕迪 D. L. Moody

  1871年,芝加哥大火,许多房屋化为灰烬。神借着这场火,也使慕迪觉醒,重新衡量什么是能夠存到永久的事工。
  1873年,惠特勒受邀加入了慕迪的佈道团。他一直与慕迪同工,写了百多首诗歌,由不同的作曲家谱曲,随着复兴的火焰所到之处,都有人歌唱他笔流出的福音信息。

但我知道所信的

我不知神奇妙恩典
  如何向我启示
  不堪如我竟蒙主爱
  救赎归祂自己
  但我知道所信的是谁
  信祂能保全
  所深信交付与祂的
  安然一直到那天

我不知主如何赐我
  相信得救的恩
  如何因信祂的真道
  平安进入我心

我不知人如何知罪
  借圣灵的感动
  启示圣经显明耶稣
  使人信祂得生

我不知主何时再临
  是夜间或正午
  主与同在经死荫谷
  或在空中遇主

I Know Whom I Have Believed

I know not why God's wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.
But "I know whom I have believed,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I've committed
Unto Him against that day."

I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Now how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.

I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing men of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.

I know not when my Lord may come,
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I'll walk the vale with Him,
Or "meet Him in the air."

 

每时每刻

与耶稣同死旧我如已死
  与耶稣同活新生不为己
  注视主耶稣到照出主荣
  每时与每刻主啊我属你

  每时与每刻生命从上给
  每时与每刻常在主爱里
  注视主耶稣到照出主荣
  每时与每刻主啊我属你

沒有一试探我主不在旁
  沒有一重担我主不担当
  沒有一忧伤我主不分尝
  每时与每刻祂眷顾不忘

沒有一歎息沒有一呻吟
  沒有一危险沒有一伤心
  沒有一眼淚不达到宝座
  每时与每刻祂关心子民

沒有一软弱祂不能感受
  沒有一疾病祂不能拯救
  每时与每刻安福或祸災
  耶稣我救主仍与我同在

 

Moment by Moment

Dying with Jesus, by death reckoned mine;
Living with Jesus, a new life divine;
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine,
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.

  Moment by moment I'm kept in His love;
Moment by moment I've life from above;
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine,
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.

Never a trial that He is not there,
Never a burden that He doth not bear,
Never a sorrow that He doth not share,
Moment by moment I'm under His care.

Never a heart-ache and never a groan,
Never a tear-drop and never a moan,
Never a danger but there on the Throne,
Moment by moment He thinks of His own.

Never a weakness that He doth not feel,
Never a sickness that He cannot heal;
Moment by moment, in woe or in weal,
Jesus, my Saviour, abides with me still.

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