黃旖旎    Annie Wong

黃旖旎    Annie Wong

「所以,凡相信神的,就可以有確定的希望,希望到一個更好的世界,是的,就是在神右邊的地方;這希望從信心而來,成為人類靈魂的碇錨,使他們堅定而穩固,一直多做好事,並引導他們榮耀神。」

——以帖書12:4

這一年來,無論對香港人或全球的人民來說,都是動盪不安的一年。種族間的衝突、政治的矛盾、社交媒體上的各種言論、經濟的蕭條,自然災害以及鋪天蓋地而來的疫情為全球人類所帶來的一切不穩定皆導致人心惶惶、民不安枕。如此一浪接一浪的衝撃和壓力,並非普通市民所能承受。如何在逆境中求存,是一門大學問。

上述經文中的智慧話語,在當前這個黑暗的關頭,尤其具有啟發意義。作為耶穌基督後期聖徒教會的成員,縱然眼前充滿了挑戰,我的內心卻出奇地感到平安。這種平安源於我們有耶穌基督的福音引導我們渡過一切的動盪。早在以前,教會就教導成員不要負債、要儲糧、要多多與家人研讀福音,尋求屬世和屬靈上的自立。今天回顧領袖昔日的教導,更是感恩主為眷顧其子民,不厭其煩的持續教誨。

這種心靈上的穩定其實並非後期聖徒所獨有。放眼歷史,任何人都能從經文中學習一二。有關依靠主的幫助、走出困局的例子自古以來比比皆是:摩西帶領以色列的子民跨越紅海逃出埃及、弱小的大衛打敗巨人哥利亞、希拉曼的二千子弟兵以寡敵眾、凱旋回歸等,皆是在提醒大家要依賴主耶穌,才能鍛鍊出在動盪中處變不驚的毅力和勇氣;要保持對祂的信心,才能看到絕處逢生的機會。

我們眼前的各種社會問題為大眾帶來了許多動盪和不安,所以抱有積極的心態、懂得應變乃至關重要。正如今次福音藝術展的籌備委員會,縱然無法如往年般假尖沙咀文化中心舉辦有關活動,要遷移至線上進行,他們的熱情依然不減,仍然努力地透過藝術將正面的信息帶給社會,如此的正能量就是達到「動盪中的穩定」的關鍵。

筆者熱切地期待各位參展的藝術家對此畫展主題所發表的見解和演繹,亦希望來到線上平台欣賞作品的觀眾能從中得到啟發,增強對耶穌基督的信心,從而獲得力量,憑著堅韌、智慧和恩典度過這段困難時期。

 

Preface

Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.

— Ether 12:4

This has been a turbulent year both for Hong Kong and the rest of the world. Clashes between racial groups, deepening political conflicts, the global recession, natural disasters, hateful exchanges on social media and of course the COVID-19 pandemic all have their part to play, rocking carefully-established systems and bringing great fear to people across the globe. These mounting stresses are not something the ordinary citizen can easily endure, making the art of surviving extraordinary challenges an increasingly important skill.

Words of wisdom from the scripture above are particularly inspirational at this current dark juncture. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I feel nothing but an unexpected and miraculous sense of peace even when faced with the challenges before me. Such peace stems from the fact that we have the gospel of Jesus Christ to guide us through whatever turmoil. For years, the Church has taught its members to get out of debt, to prepare for food storage, to study the gospel more with family members, and to seek both temporal and spiritual self-reliance. Looking at our leaders’ past teachings, I am again overcome with gratitude at the Lord’s tireless care and support, all for the sake of helping us grow and thrive.

This spiritual stability is not unique to Latter-day Saints. Casting our eye across the past, it is clear that everyone can learn something from biblical teachings. History overflows with those who, with the Lord’s help, found their way out of challenging or seemingly desperate situations: Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt by crossing the Red Sea, tiny David defeating the giant Goliath, Helaman and his two thousand stripling warriors overcoming a mighty foe before making a glorious return home. All these remind us that only by having faith in Jesus Christ can we train ourselves to stay calm, perseverant and courageous in times of trouble; only when we stay confident in His power can we find a way out of darkness.

The aforementioned social problems have brought instability and fear to the public. It is therefore doubly important that we respond with a positive attitude and a flexible mindset. Case in point: members of this exhibition’s organizing committee were undiminished in their passion even though this year the event must be held virtually rather than in our usual Tsim Sha Tsui Cultural Centre location. It is with unwavering enthusiasm that they seek to bring a message of positivity to society through art. This spirit, in fact, captures precisely the meaning behind “Stability Amidst Turmoil.”

The opportunity to study all the contributing artists’ interpretations of the theme is something I await with great eagerness. At the same time, I hope that every visitor to the online platform will be inspired to place ever-greater faith in Jesus Christ, and in so doing gain the power to survive these stressful times with fortitude, wisdom and grace.