我知誰掌管明天

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本文原刊於《舉目》24期

1. 我不知明天將如何,每一天只為主活,我不借明天的陽光,因明天或許陰暗;
我不要為將來憂慮,因我信主的應許,我今天要與主同行,因祂知前面路程。
I don't know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day.
I don't borrow from it's sunshine, For it's skies may turn to gray.
I don't worry o'er the future, For I know what Jesus said,
And today I'll walk beside Him, For He knows what is ahead.

2. 每一步越走越光明,像攀登黃金階梯,每重擔越挑越輕省,每朵雲披上銀衣;
在那裡陽光常普照,在那裡沒有眼淚,在美麗彩虹的盡頭,眾山嶺與天相連。
Ev'ry step is getting brighter, As the golden stairs I climb;
Ev'ry burden's getting lighter; Ev'ry cloud is silver lined.
There the sun is always shining, There no tear will dim the eyes,
At the ending of the rainbow, Where the mountains touch the sky.

3. 我不知明天將如何,或遭遇貧苦饑餓,但那位看顧麻雀者,祂必然也看顧我,
祂是我旅途的良伴,或遭遇各樣災害,我救主必與我同在,祂寶血把我遮蓋。
I don't know about tomorrow, It may bring me poverty;
But the One Who feeds the sparrow, Is the One Who stands by me.
And the path that be my portion, May be through the flame or flood,
But His presence goes before me, And I'm covered with His blood.

副歌(Refrain)
有許多未來的事情,我現在不能識透,
但我知誰掌管明天,我也知誰牽我手。
Many things about tomorrow, I don't seem to understand;
But I know Who holds tomorrow, And I know Who holds my hand.

       史丹斐(Ira F. Stanphill,1914-1994)10歲就會彈奏各樣樂器。12歲決志奉獻事主,22歲開始講道。以後在全美國和四十多個國家佈道及演唱,成為廿 世紀著名的福音詩歌作家,寫了六百首聖詩,像“小山上的居所”(Mansion over the Hilltop)、“十架有地方”(Room at the Cross for You)、“跟隨我”(Follow Me)等。

       史牧師忠心牧會,她的妻子卻決定遠走高飛,因為她不願再和他繼續過一個不甚富裕的日子。她要到紐約百老匯去發展自己的才華。史牧師十分心痛,但也挽留不住。多年後的一天,史牧師遽然聽到前妻在北方暴風雪中車禍 喪生,他心中極其難過。當他徘徊在德州福和市區的一個天橋上時,詞和曲油然從心而生,就寫成了這首詩歌。他人生的路途是如此的艱難,孤單一人侍奉主,但就 像他所寫的“每一步越走越光明……每重擔越挑越輕省……祂是我旅途良伴……我知誰掌管明天﹗”從此,它也成了許多基督徒深深所喜愛的見證詩歌,越唱對神的 信心也越發堅固。

作者:周瑞芳,女中音,大陸學人事工傳道人。現任教於中華基督教音樂崇拜研究院。

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