约翰福音三章十六节的故事（A John 3:16 Love Story）
一个寒冷的冬夜，天正下着大雪，大街上的人们都瑟缩着身体匆忙地赶路。一个卖报纸的小男孩冻得浑身发抖，他走到一位警察面前问道， “先生, 您能告诉我在哪里可以找到一个暖和的地方过夜？我平时就住在街角的一个箱子里，那里实在太冷。”警察低下头来对小孩说，“你沿着这条街一直走到前面一座白色的房子，然后敲门，当有人出来开门时，你就说， ‘约翰福音三章十六节，’他们就会让你进去。”
~ A John 3:16 Love Story ~
In the city of Chicago, one cold, dark night, a blizzard was setting in. A young boy was selling newspapers on the corner; watching as people went in and out of the cold. He was so cold that he wasn't trying very hard to sell his papers. Hesitantly, he walked up to a policeman and said, "Mister, you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could find a warm place to sleep tonight, would you? You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and down the alley and it's awful cold in there for tonight. Sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay."
The policeman sympathetically looked down at the young lad and said, "You go down the street to that big white house and you knock on the door. When they come to the door you just say, "John 3:16," and they will let you in."
So He did. He walked up the steps and knocked on the door, and a lady answered. He looked up at her and said, "John 3:16." The lady said, "Come on in, son." She took him in and she sat him down in a split bottom rocker in front of a great big old fireplace, and she went off. The boy sat there for a while and thought to himself: John 3:16 ... I don't understand it, but it sure makes a cold boy warm!
Later she came back and asked him, "Are you hungry?" He shyly said, "Well, just a little. I haven't eaten in a couple of days, and I guess I could stand a little bit of food."
The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn't eat any more. Then he thought to himself: John 3:16 ... I don't understand it, but it sure makes a hungry boy full!
Soon the kind lady led him upstairs to a bath tub filled with warm water, and he sat there and soaked for a while. As he soaked, he thought to himself: John 3:16 ... I don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy clean! Why, I've not had a bath, a real bath, in my whole life. The only bath I have ever had was when I stood in front of the big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.
After his bath, the lady took him to a cozy little room, tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled warm covers up around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned out the light. As he lay there all snug in the warm bed, he looked out the window at the cold and snowy night and thought to himself: John 3:16 ... I sure don't understand it, but it gave a tired boy a warm place to sleep.
The next morning the lady invited the young boy to sit down once again to a table that was filled with lots of good food. After he ate, she took him back to the rocker in front of the fireplace and picked up a big old Bible.
As she sat down in a chair beside of him, she looked into his young face and asked gently, "Do you understand about John 3:16?" He replied, "No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard it was last night when the nice policeman told me to use it."
She opened the Bible she was holding to John 3:16 and began to read what it said and then explained to the young boy that John 3:16 was the greatest love story ever told. And she told him that God wanted him to know that He loved and cared about him very much.
Right there, in front of that big old fireplace, the young boy embraced God's love for him and surrendered his young life to Him. He said to the lady, "I'm not sure I understand all about God's love, but it sure makes a lonely orphan boy feel like he will always belong to someone."
- author unknown - （作者：佚名）