REV. THOMAS K. MATHEW
FROM THE DESK OF THE YOUTH CHAPLAIN
“ I will lift up my eyes to the hills,
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord
Who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121 : 1- 2)
Dearly Beloved in Christ,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
We are in unprecedented times but we are in the safe hands of our Lord if we have found refuge in him. We certainly feel helpless of how our lives have changed over the last 3 weeks and it is in such moments we need to hold on to this response that the psalmist had “ I need help, and I will look to the Lord, my creator for this help”.
We are in a situation where we need the deliverance and as humans our failures can be made right only when we turn to the Creator God who can bring deliverance no matter how bad the situation is. “Where is God in all this pain ?” is a question some of us have. In some of the painful experiences of our life we tend to be blinded by the pain and despair that we miss to see the presence of a loving God beside us, we tend to turn deaf ear to the loving voice of his assurance that I am with you, we also fall so deep into the pain that we don’t notice the tears in the eyes of our Lord, just as he wept at the tomb of Lazarus.
I believe that we need to rephrase the question and ask ourselves in our painful and distressed experiences “ where am I when it's filled with grief, am I doubting His presence or am I seeking more of his presence?’ The onus is upon us as creatures to take refuge in the Creator and trust that he will bring deliverance in our lives. As we step in to the Passion Week and meditate more upon the suffering that Christ had to bear so that we could be delivered from the dominion of Sin upon our lives. He also prepares the path for our salvation and thereby gives us the assurance of the eternity for everyone who believes in him. In our pain let us continue to focus on the Resurrected Lord who won the battle against death itself and has assured life eternal for all who will believe in him. As George Muller said “ My eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God who controls every circumstances of my life”, let us continue to pray and intercede for the healing of our land.
The lent prayers, online worships, youth fellowships, Sunday school meeting etc have again become a blessing which the Lord had prepared for us to be united in the Spirit and let us continue to make use of all the given resources for nurturing our faith and remaining strong in fellowship with each other.
Yours in Christ’s service
Rev. Thomas K. Mathew Youth Chaplain – Philadelphia region
Rev. Anish Thomas Thomas
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