This Mid-autumn Festival, I’m Not Alone

By Liu Ming, France

mid autumn

During the Mid-Autumn Festival, all the streets are filled with holiday atmosphere. The stalls by the street side are all making promotions: They paste posters and hang slogans on the window and the wall. The sound of the speakers is everywhere. All the stalls are filled with customers. They are meticulously choosing holiday gifts. There are many people on the street: Some couples hold their hands together and snuggle with each other; some families are talking happily together and look so heartwarming; some children are running happily back and forth; all people are enjoying this happy holiday. … However, there is one person, moving among the crowd with his hands in his pockets. He looks at his surrounding gloomily, appearing so lonely, as if he is the only one that can’t assimilate into this atmosphere.

His name is Wu Fan, an employee of a cultural transmission company. The company is on holidays during the Mid-Autumn Festival. All his colleagues have already gone back home to celebrate the festival together with their families, while Wu Fan is still staying in this city alone. Actually, he also wants to go back home and reunite with his family members, but this is an extravagant desire for him now. Wu Fan recalls the night that he will never forget …

That day, as usual, Wu Fan, his wife and his 5-year-old son went for a walk after dinner happily. Wu Fan and his wife talked about the things happened in their jobs, while their son was running back and forth. He frequently turned his head and shouted, “Dad, mom, can you speed up?” Soon, the three of them walked to a crossroad. When the light turned green, Wu Fan’s wife held her son’s hand and walked at the front. Wu Fan followed behind. Just when the they walked to the middle of the road, a van dashed past. Wu Fan wanted to pull his wife and son back, but it was too late. He only heard a loud “bang” …

Wu Fan’s thoughts turn to the reality, and his eyes have been full of tears. This scene always appears in his dream. Every time he wakes up, his pillow is soaked with tears. How Wu Fan wishes he is the one who was dead that night, but things have already happened. He chooses to leave that sad city, just wanting to forget the sad past. However, it has already been branded in his heart. Especially during the festival, when others are filled with joy, the atmosphere of the festival more easily reminds him of the past. His heart feels painful, and he appears more desolate and lonely.

The people around are still boisterous, the vendors’ hawking is still going on, and the laughing noise keeps getting into his ears. Wu Fan laughs reluctantly, and continues walking forward … He walks across several streets, and turns a few bends and finally gets back to his residence. His house looks simple with a bed, a writing deck, a table, and a cabinet. Wu Fan walks to the bed, and lies on it. He feels something is under his body. Then he searches and finds that is his phone, until then he realizes that he left it on the bed when he went out. Just then, his phone rings and it is a message notification. Wu Fan unlocks his phone, and finds there appears more than ten messages. Wu Fan frowns, for he has no idea who have sent all these messages. He opens a message and it says: Brother Wu, happy Mid-Autumn Festival. He opens another message: Brother Wu, let’s celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at Brother Zhang’s house together. Another message shows that: Brother Wu, quickly, everyone is waiting for you! … The messages are opened one by one, at this time a warm smile appears on Wu Fan’s face.

Earlier this year, in March, Wu Fan accepted God’s salvation, and joined the church. Although he did not spend too much time with brothers and sisters in the church, he felt the sincerity from all of them. They read the bible and pray together, and help one another, which makes Wu Fan feel so warm. There are no fame and fortune, or intrigues in the church; brother and sisters seek the truth, obey God’s words and pursue to live out a normal humanity. To achieve the same goal, everyone comes together, lives under God’s protection, and loves each other. On such a day for family gatherings, the messages that the brothers and sisters send are not hypocrisy and pretentious words, but full of caring. It’s a heartfelt invitation. Although the messages are short and simple, they are filled with love. Wu Fan knows it is the love from God. At that time, Wu Fan does not feel lonely anymore, because he comes to realize that God has always cared about him, and all the brothers and sisters are concerned about him as well. Wu Fan recalls the Lord Jesus’ words: “Who is my mother? and who are my brothers?” (Matthew 12:48). “For whoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother” (Matthew 12:50). At the moment, Wu Fan thinks: It’s true. Although I lost my family, I still have God’s blessing and love, and all the spiritual brothers and sisters. They are all my family members! Thinking about this, Wu Fan finally smiles. It is the long-lost smile from his heart. He wears his jacket, opens the door, and walks out of the desolate house …

This Mid-Autumn Festival is surely different from the past’s, because Wu Fan finds the true belonging …

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