Gary Fok
Hymns
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"Re-Start"
Are we working for God everyday? Are we just "Sunday" Christians? Being saved by Him and having received His grace, we have to display His love and spread His love to the world. The CD, "Re-Start", contains 16 new songs, covering various themes on daily life, to remind all of us to stand still and work for God.

A Chinese idiom says that "the more we practice, the more skillful and competent we will become". Have we experienced the same in our spiritual life? It would be very disappointing if the answer is not affirmative and so we have to review our life cautiously and seek God's directions. However, He should remind us whenever we are walking far from the right way.

I am not well trained in music, and I wonder why God gives talents in writing hymns. The simple answer is that He loves me and reminds me that everything I own is from Him and so I have to rely on Him, obey Him and work for Him. It's really another Amazing Grace fallen on me.

There have been a lot of thoughts and queries in my mind during the production of the first hymn CD. What is the purpose of making it? How can we finish it with limited resources? Will the songs be acceptable to God and others? I have got more than 150 new pieces of music in my collection. But does it mean I am working for Him? Of course not!!!!!!

I have gained new experience and friends from the production of this CD. I consider my contribution is the least amongst the others and their contributions are more significant than mine as I only wrote some notes and paid for the production. During the preparation of these short notes for sharing, I feel regret for not having a better knowledge of the Bible, our vital daily spiritual food. Furthermore, I have had many reviews to my life as I was writing lyrics for the songs.

As a whole, writing hymns is not a personal achievement but a process in experiencing His love and a reminder for me to "re-start", i.e. reading the Bible and working for Him everyday.

Thanks God for keeping me even though I am not worthy and always make him disappointed.

Gary Fok
14 Nov 2005

 

 

「從新開始」
我們每天所作的是為主而作的嗎?還是我們只是「星期天」的信徒?
我們既然蒙恩得救,就當向世人彰顯和傳揚神的大愛。
這名為「從新開始」的詩歌光碟收錄了十六首新歌,以日常生活為題,
旨在提醒我們活出信仰,凡事為主而作。



中國諺語有云:「熟能生巧」,我們的靈命有此經歷嗎?要是沒有,
那就太可惜了,我們就當細細省察自己的生命,並好好地尋求神的方向了。
畢竟,若我們走歪了,祂是會提醒我們的。

 



我希奇何以自己在音樂方面沒有受過甚麼訓練,但神卻給我寫作詩歌的恩賜。
這事讓我曉得祂是何等的愛我,祂要我知道我所擁有的一切都是從祂而來,
故我必須凡事信靠祂、順服祂和為祂而作。
這創作詩歌的恩賜實在是祂所賜予我的另一個「奇異恩典」。



當製作這歌集時,我腦袋裡有很多的想法和疑問:目的何在?
我們可以在有限的資源內完成製作嗎?這些歌曲會蒙神悅納和被人接受嗎?
我的選輯裡有超過一百五十篇樂章,難道這就代表我所作的是為神而作嗎?當然不是!



這歌集的製作讓我得著了新的經驗和朋友。與別的組員相比,我所付出的實在是微不足道,
因為我只是譜寫了一些樂曲和支付了製作費而已。當我要預備這分享短文時,
我委實感到很遺憾,因我發覺自己未有深入認識聖經
-我們每天的靈糧。
再者,為本歌集填詞,反而使我重新細察自己的生命。






總括而言,創作詩歌並非我的個人成就,乃是我經歷神大愛的一個歷程,
這歷程提醒了我要「從新開始」

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從新開始讀聖經和每天為主而活,凡事為主而作。


感謝神,縱然我不配又經常令祂失望,但祂卻一直保守我。


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二○○五年十一月十四日

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