A father and a son stayed one day and one night in the farmhouse of a very humble farm. On the way back home at the end of the trip the father asked the son, What did you think of the trip?
The son replied, Very nice, Dad.
The father then asked, Did you notice how poor they were?
The son replied, Yes, I guess so.
The father then added, And what did you learn?
To this question, the son thought for a moment and answered slowly, I learned that we have one dog in the house and they have four. We have a fountain in the garden and they have a stream that has no end. We have fancy lanterns in our garden, while they have the stars. Our garden goes to the edge of our yard, but for their backyard, they have the entire horizon!
At the end of the son's reply, the rich father was speechless. His son then added, Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we really are.
The little story sets us thinking. As a child in a rich family, he not only isn’t spoiled at such a young age but instead can taste the gentle and warm happiness; this is really good.
At that point, I thought of a pleasant scene. I read a passage of words, “1. God’s Commandment for Adam (Gen 2:15-17) And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.
After hearing this passage concerning ‘God’s commandment for Adam,' what do you understand? What feeling does this passage give you? Why has this passage concerning 'God’s commandment for Adam' been extracted? Do you each have a picture of God and Adam in your heart? You can imagine that. If you were personally on the scene, what kind of God would you think God is in your heart? What feeling does this picture give you? It is a touching and warm picture. Although there is only God and man in it, the close relationship between them is so admirable: God’s love overflows, freely bestowed on man and surrounding man; man, innocent and pure and free from cares and anxieties, lives under God’s eyes happily; God is concerned about man, and man lives under the protection and blessing of God, and what man does and man’s every word and deed are all closely related to God and cannot be independent from God.”(from A Continuation of The Word Appears in the Flesh)
In this acquisitive world, we’re all going after fame, interests, and position, and gradually we believe that when we get these things, we have gained happiness. However, happiness is always simple, not mixed with so many material things. Just like Adam at that time lived in the garden of Eden, not bound by fame, interests, or position but only having God’s love accompanying them, free of worry and care. That kind of life is admirable.
Share a warm hymn to everyone: