Counting the stars in a darkest night,

and daring to hope again,

is an act of faith!

 

Smiling,

despite all the sorrows of the world

choked up in your throat, 

is yet an act of courage!

 

Despite your broken soul,

willing to hug, 

is an act of love!

 

Flying with broken wings,

is an art called Life!

 

Arise my friend,

for your life itself is a piece of Art!

 

Arise my friend, 

it's a new Day!

 

―人生の“大いなるわざ”―

暗い夜空に星の数を数え、

あえて再び望みを抱(いだ)くのは、
“信仰”のなせるわざです!

この世のあらゆる悲しみで、

あなたの喉元が詰まりそうになるとき、

それでも微笑んでいるのは、

さらなる“勇気”のなせるわざです!

あなたが傷心の魂を抱えているのに、

進んで人をハグしようとするのは、

“愛”のなせるわざです!

傷ついた翼で空を飛ぶのは、

“命”と呼ばれる巧みのわざです!

起き上がりなさい、我が友よ。

あなたの人生そのものが、大いなるわざの一部なのですから!

起き上がりなさい、我が友よ。

今日は新しい一日です!

 

translator: Masahiro Ogawa sensei

The Art of Life

© 2010-2019 by Samuel C. Lee

 

Samuel Lee (Ph.D.) is university lecturer, at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Faculty of Religion and Theology (FRT-VU), and director for Center for Theology of Migration, the educational program of Samen Kerk in Nederland at the FRT-VU. 

He is the founder of Foundation Academy of Amsterdam, offering higher education in liberal arts and humanities for migrants, refugees and persecuted minorities.

 

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