PASTORAL PERSPECTIVE

One Sunday morning, a mother went in to wake her son up and said it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, “I’m not going.”

“Why not?” she asked. 
“I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said.

“Firstly, they don’t like me, and secondly I don’t like them.” 
His mother replied, “I’ll give you two good reasons why you should go to church: One, you’re 49 years old, and two, you’re the pastor!”

You must have heard or read this joke before. Whether it is real or not, I am sure we have had moments when we didn’t feel like waking up on a Sunday morning to go to church. For many people, it was already very challenging to go to church. And then the pandemic came and gave an impetus to our many excuses and challenges.

Many churches stopped meeting in person as a result of the pandemic. Our services went online and we connected only through technology. In many parts of the world, the doors to the churches have been shut and yet to reopen. Recently I spoke with a friend in Texas and was told that some churches were closing their doors for good because the people would not return even after restrictions were lifted. They must have their reasons.

When our live service resumed on 12 July, I vividly remember being in tears because the service felt different. For a start, we couldn’t sing and we had to change everything from rehearsal, to recording many aspects of worship. As someone who oversees the worship ministry, it hit me really hard. But that was not the only thing. Everything else felt strange. Our senses were heightened as we gathered, and we had to follow protocols and restrictions which were inconvenient and really frustrating. Gone are the days when one could just walk into the church and sit wherever there was an empty pew. Now we need to book tickets, show up on time, our gadgets must be working to scan the tickets, sit in the allocated zones and leave the premises as quickly as possible. Furthermore, if you have booked tickets and didn’t show up, you might get a message or a call from one of the pastors. And for some, even with all the safe distancing measures put in place, they may not be able to return because of their health.

It is no wonder then that some believers will be tempted not to come back to church at all. As someone puts it “If our restored gatherings are so different and restricted, our online options so available and convenient, and our physical presence a genuine vulnerability, why should we even meet in person?” As I was reflecting on these words, the words of the psalmist in Psalm 122 came to mind.

A song of ascents. Of David. (NIV)

I rejoiced with those who said to me,
    “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Our feet are standing
    in your gates, Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is built like a city
    that is closely compacted together.
That is where the tribes go up—
    the tribes of the Lord—
    to praise the name of the Lord
    according to the statute given to Israel.
There stand the thrones for judgment,
    the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
    “May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
    and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my family and friends,
    I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
    I will seek your prosperity.

The pilgrims approaching Jerusalem to attend the annual festivals were rejoicing! They loved the city and prayed that it would flourish. As the pilgrims started their journey toward the holy city, they acknowledged the hardship and dangers involved in such a journey. Psalm 121 speaks of the importance of God’s help for the journey. Throughout history, believers have gone through and endured many kinds of hardships whether it be exile, persecution, war, holocaust, pandemic or natural disasters. None of these had deterred the faithful from worshiping the Lord, our God.

As we come to faith in Christ, we become citizens in the heavenly Jerusalem. Thus, what Jerusalem was to the ancient Jews, the church is to us believers today. As they arrive and stand at the city gates of Jerusalem, they rejoice looking at the city that stands in contrast to the places they have come from. The church is built by God. The second verse of the song by the Gettys “By Faith” captures this:

By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by God’s own hand
A place where peace and justice reign

Similarly, the church stands in stark contrast to all that is happening around the world. The church’s manifestation is the counterculture – where believers live according to the “statute given to Israel” and not according to the ways of the world. The pilgrims could have simply stayed home because the journey would be costly, inconvenient and time consuming. Yet the invitation to come to the Lord’s house thrilled them and they took the journey.

The purpose of their journey is to praise the name of the Lord (4b) for the bountiful harvest the Lord has given them. They pray for peace (Shalom) of Jerusalem. One commentator wrote that Shalom (peace) was more than the absence of armed conflict but that it implies a centeredness that would buffer a person from the difficulties of life.  It included the ideas of health and well-being. As believers, we have 10,000 reasons to give thanks to the Lord and not just merely sing about it.

The idea of gathering to worship is not man-made. It is an ordinance; a statute given to God’s people to gather and tell of His mighty acts. Our worship service is not merely about singing songs and listening to sermons. Our four-fold order of worship reenacts God’s redemptive plan.

We gather to worship together at the invitation of the Lord. The songs we sing remind us of what God has done and is doing. Just because we cannot sing out loud does not change this. There are many people who are unable to sing and yet they are able to sing from their hearts to the Lord. We gather to hear God’s word read and spoken to us. We hear and feel because we are not mere pixels on the screen. We are embodied creatures, created in the image of God. As believers, God’s spirit is with us and moves among us. We witness Baptisms and partake in the Holy Communion which are signs and means of God’s grace to us. We can see, touch, remember, taste and do it in remembrance of what God has done. We pray and respond to God’s word. As we leave, we go out to fulfill what God wants us to do as His chosen and beloved people.

Sunday service is much more than just singing. Our very act of preparing the night before, all the preparations on the day – waking up early, getting dressed, getting the children ready, getting to church on time, sitting with others, waiting, listening, meditating, praying, partaking, witnessing, greeting one another, our smiles behind the masks, our very presence in the church as part of the body of Christ is our act of worship to the Lord. We do all these in obedience to the Lord’s ordinances. As part of God’s body, we have a job to do. The work of the ministry is not just for pastors and leaders. Every believer has a spiritual gift that the church needs.

Our very act of gathering to worship as the body of Christ is a strong witness to the world. Every Sunday as we leave our homes to worship God, others are watching what we do. Week in and week out, our friends and neighbours go through the broken world without hope and purpose. David Gunderson writes, “the unbelieving world also needs to see the gospel’s transforming power embodied in a local family of Christians who love God and serve each other in the most gracious and gritty ways.” We may not be able to preach or say much but our very act of going to church is a witness to those who are yet to know the Lord. I pray that the Shalom of God will truly be visible in our lives so that others may come to know Christ too.

During this time, going to church may be inconvenient, time consuming and costly. But I pray that like the pilgrims, we will rejoice and go to the house of the Lord because He invites us to experience the Shalom that comes to those who love Him and do His will.

Shalom.

Pr Loliro Sani
January 17, 2021

Most of us are familiar with the idea of how God answers our prayers in the following 3 ways, namely “Yes”, “No” or “Not now”. But up till now, I will admit that I still cannot figure out what God’s answer is with regards to the car that my family is currently driving. This is because never in my wildest dreams would I imagine that I would drive a brand new Mercedes A200 in 2020 and after about 8 months later find myself cruising down the roads of Singapore in a BMW X1. Even if we could afford either of those vehicles, neither my wife nor I have ever any desire to own such “luxury items”.

Furthermore, we had no complaints with our Honda Vezel which itself was an unexpected gift from my wife’s non-Christian uncle who is rather distant from us. We are so thankful that for almost 3 years, that car did not give us any trouble. With its comparatively lower fuel consumption and roomy boot space, the car had served our family well. Having the Vezel meant that it was more convenient for me to accompany my late wheelchair-bound father for his chemotherapy and medical appointments. It also opened doors for my wife to reach out to the PFS Care Club children as she helped chauffeur them to church and back to their homes on Sundays. As the Vezel has come in so handy, our prayer has always been for God to help us maintain our car in such a good condition so that we can renew the COE after 10 years of driving it.

Thus, when we received a phone call at the start of 2020 from the same uncle saying that he wanted to “upgrade” our car to a Mercedes, this offer came as a bolt from the blue. We tried explaining to him that such expense is totally uncalled for. Moreover, as a pastor, driving a Mercedes would put me in a somewhat awkward position and cause misunderstandings. The last thing our family want is to give others the impression that we are born with a silver spoon in our mouths or that we have some wealthy backer for all our needs.

Unfortunately, no matter how we tried to turn our uncle down, he remained insistent. Even as we prayed to God to change our uncle’s mind, the latter stood his ground. For him, he was more interested in utilising the $10,000 deposit that he had placed with Cycle & Carriage (C&C) a year ago when he contemplated getting a Mercedes for himself than placing this deposit with C&C indeterminately. To be honest, we could hardly agree with his reasoning. But in order to keep the peace within the family, we reluctantly conceded to his decision.

Yet in our hearts, I confess we found it difficult to be thankful for receiving such an expensive gift. We were bemoaning the fact that this uncle would have been a blessing if he had given us the cash to pay off our HDB mortgage instead of “splurging” (he had paid in full for the Mercedes without taking a loan) on a non-essential item. After all, we saw no value in owning a Mercedes when my family can continue driving the Vezel and get closer to achieving our goal of being debt-free. But alas, such a blissful state of being debt-free was not part of God’s plan for us at the moment. Given the complicated family dynamics, we just had to “make do” with something that we do not need and have never asked God for.

To make things worse, it did not take very long before the Mercedes turned out to be a lemon. There were recurring issues and it meant making several trips down to the workshop. Over time, we realised that the ergonomics of the driver’s seat was causing backache for Sharon. It also didn’t help that the backseats were a bit too low for my in-laws and they had difficulty moving in and out of the car.

As we prayed about this matter, my wife and I felt that we needed to share with our uncle about our negative experiences with the car. Initially, he was rather upset, thinking that the problem lay with us. It was not until he heard his friend’s daughter had similar problems with the same model that our uncle was willing to consider alternatives with regards to the car.

But this presented us with another predicament. Although we were not keen to continue driving the Mercedes due to the various issues, we were also very mindful that getting another car within such a short span of time is not exactly a shrewd financial move. Moreover the brand that our uncle was thinking of switching to was BMW! As much as we are not the ones who will be forking out the money, we did not think that would be good stewardship. In addition, considering that several sectors have been adversely affected by the pandemic and people are losing their jobs, it is only befitting for Christians, especially Christian leaders to be known among other virtues, for their love for neighbours, prudence and modest lifestyle.

Seeing that we were caught between a rock and a hard place, we committed our struggles to God trusting that he will provide us a way out. Then one day, we thought that God provided us a solution in the form of trading in our Mercedes A200 for a Toyota Corolla. We figured that this would be the most viable option as that would help our uncle save some money and the ubiquitous Toyota would not draw attention but serve as a good workhorse.

Since we could not just sell the car unilaterally without getting permission, we thought of softening the ground by approaching our auntie to help persuade her husband. We called her on a Friday evening and we were so hopeful that by the end of the week, we would be given the green light to proceed. We earnestly prayed for God’s favour and were looking forward to a happy resolution. For us, the answered prayer would come in the form of a Toyota Corolla.

But little did we expect that on Sunday, our uncle called and instructed us to come down to Performance Motors’ showroom. He had already made the downpayment and we only need to complete the paperwork. I suppose at that moment, a common response for most people when they have just received a BMW as a gift would be punching the air with their fists. For us, it felt more like a punch to our guts. It was as if our family have prayed in vain and that God was pulling our leg. Surely, this cannot be what it means when we say that “God is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20) right?

As I reflect on my family’s experience with the cars, I am reminded that God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). In the same way that God extended his grace to Israel who was often unfaithful unto him and “sends rain on the just and unjust” (Matthew 5:45), it is God’s prerogative to decide how he will provide for my family. The assurance my family can have is that in contrast to any other human beings, God our Heavenly Father knows and gives what is good (Psalm 85:12, Matthew 7:11, James 1:17). There are certainly far more important and pressing issues that I should be praying about since God’s Word is clear on those matters. As for the BMW, I suppose it would suffice to leave it as just one of those “mysteries” which God remains silent about.       

Rev Edwin Wong
January 10, 2021

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever.

—Psalm 107:1

 

Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts,

which we are about to receive from Thy bounty.

Through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

—Traditional meal prayer

 

Sometimes after I say grace for a meal, I ask myself if I really meant what I prayed. In our context, “saying grace” refers to making a short prayer just before a meal. The term “saying grace” comes from the Latin gratiarum actio, which literally means “act of thanks.” So, to say grace would mean giving thanks to God for the meal which he has provided. Upon reflection, I often find my act of saying grace rather perfunctory. While words of thanksgiving might flow from my lips, I seem to lack any true gratefulness to God for his provision. In fact, sometimes after saying grace I proceed to complain about the food! Recalling the story of Israel journeying to Canaan from Egypt, I find myself like the faithless Israelites who grumbled to God about how always eating manna from heaven is boring.

Perhaps one reason for my lack of gratitude might be due to my distance from the work of obtaining the constituent elements of my meal. Being an urbanite, I do not see the hard work growing and harvesting the rice that ends up on my plate, nor know how that process is precarious and fraught with difficulties. In agriculture, the harvest is very much dependent on elements beyond the farmer’s control: if there is bad weather or blight, then crops may be destroyed, resulting in a poor harvest. Therefore, those whose lives are more immediate to agriculture work will feel a greater sense of gratitude for the food on their table.

In fact, from simple meal prayers to elaborate rituals, ancient humans everywhere have always expressed some kind of thanksgiving for food because food did not come easy for them. The more the process of putting food on table is a matter of life and death, the more grateful one will be. However, I am so far removed from that process that I hardly think about it at all. To get a bag of rice all I have to do is to stroll into a supermarket to purchase it or I can simply order it online and get it delivered to my doorstep. The abundance and convenience makes it easy to take the food on my plate for granted.

A strong sense of entitlement might be another reason why I lack gratitude for the food on my table. Writing on the practice of expressing gratitude, the English scientist and author Rupert Sheldrake suggested that a lack gratitude for the food on our table is because we are all part of the consumer culture, and we feel that “[we] have a legally enforceable right to expect products or services [we] have paid for and to complain when [we] do not receive what [we] expect.” As consumers, we believe we have the right to anything as long as we have the money to pay for it. As long as I have the money and the supermarket has rice, I feel that I have the right to acquire them. This attitude chokes our gratitude to God for the meal he has put on our table.

Perhaps it will take an experience of starvation to shake me out of such a mentality! Sheldrake believes that encountering a disaster would make us more grateful for the things we have: “Disasters change our perspective. … If there is a long power outage or a strike that prevents goods from being delivered to our shops, so that we cannot get food supplies, many of us are grateful when our supplies are restored.” Experiencing a disruption to that ease of putting food on table may stop me from taking it granted.

Sheldrake goes on to write that

As soon as we stop taking almost everything for granted, we begin to realize that we can be grateful for almost everything. We only exist because our ancestors survived and reproduced successfully, right back to the origin of life. As babies, we were totally dependent on other people for our survival. And simply to have survived to the age we are today took the support of hundreds, thousands, even millions of other people: farmers, teachers, builders, electricians, plumbers, doctors, nurses, dentists, grocers… Then all of us are here only because our planet exists, and life on earth has evolved over billions of years to give us this living planet on which we totally depend.

In other words, when we pause to reflect on how we are still alive right now, we begin to realise how much our existences depend on a complex web of relations in creation, not just on our planet but in the larger cosmos as well. When I pause to ponder about how food ends up on my plate, I see that it is not there just because I paid for it. Rather, it is there because of a constellation of factors beyond my control, and recognising this helps me not to take it for granted but to thank God who is the source of all good things and arranges the cosmos to sustain my life.

While we recognise that it is God who graciously provides us with food, there is something more profound to this provision. Food is not given to us merely for our survival or, more often in our day, for our hedonistic indulgence (“eat and drink, for tomorrow we die”). Instead, the ultimate reason why God generously provides us with food from his bountiful creation is so that by it we may have communion with him. After all, a garden abounding with gustatory delights is where God communed with Adam and Eve. According to Eastern Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann, “All that exists is God’s gift to man, and it exists to make God known to man, to make man’s life communion with God. It is divine love made food, made life for man.”

This communion is realised when we acknowledge in gratitude God’s provision. As humans, we need to eat and drink to keep alive, and God provides for our principal need through creation. Therefore, when we see food on the table, we ought to see it as God’s grace to us: what is seemingly mundane is in fact sacramental. The call of humanity is then to humbly receive from him, and in return render thanks and praise. In our thanksgiving for food, the flow of grace from God to us is reciprocated by the flow of gratitude from us to God. This double movement of God giving and we receiving, and we giving and God receiving, is like the water cycle we read of in our science textbooks. Just as the water cycle is necessary for sustaining life on earth, the double movement sustains the kind of life God intends for us. It is in the gratiarum actio (act of thanks) that, in the words of Schmemann, “transforms [our] life, the one that [we receive] from the world, into life in God, into communion with Him.”

 

Preacher Png Eng Keat
January 3, 2021

In the blink of an eye, 2 years have almost passed since my family and I left Singapore for Japan. However as this was no normal year, I thought I would take this opportunity to share how our plans have been affected by the pandemic and some thoughts for the future.

By many measures, 2020 has been a challenging year for most everyone. For myself I was surprised to discover how important routines are for my sense of well-being such as when all the schools closed and all 5 of us were stuck indoors. At times I would question the Lord’s purpose of sending us to Japan at this particular time. To make matters worse, the pastor of Seiwa Church (the church we are attached to this year) made the difficult decision to suspend all services for a time, shifting to online sermons instead. In addition, Sunday school, prayer meetings and bible studies would be suspended indefinitely as were evangelistic events. This left us with few opportunities to get to know church members or be involved in ministry work at all.

However, unlike other neighbouring countries, there has been no strict enforcement of social distancing or ban of mass gatherings in Japan. As a result some churches have continued holding services while mandating their own set of rules to ensure safety. Since we were not able to contribute much at Seiwa church, we decided to grab the chance to visit other churches instead. Through this, we got to meet with other Christian workers and hear their stories. In spite of the very unusual backdrop for our visits (plus not being able to see their full face!) it was really very encouraging to witness how the Lord has been providing for His church here in Japan and it certainly broadened our perspective.

Some of our friends have been using Zoom to conduct bible studies targeting mothers and youths. The flexibility afforded by online meetings completely suits these two groups and allows them to do so in the comfort of their homes. Another missionary couple recently converted their house into a meeting place and once things seemed stable, began inviting people over for fellowship. Starved of human contact, many non-Christians have welcomed their invitations and through these meetings have heard the gospel for the first time. In another case, missionaries from a church had been trying for years to build relationships with their neighbours with little success. However, during a nationwide mask shortage, hundreds of neighbours came to the church as the missionaries gave out masks which had been donated from churches overseas. Through this humble act, God instantly improved the standing of the church in the eyes of the surrounding community opening doors for future outreach. So,despite the many setbacks that have happened, God is still miraculously making ways where there seemed to be no way.

On the other hand, I wonder if this this relative freedom —being able to travel around and hold gatherings —within the country that has resulted in the number of infections rising again. Without stricter enforcement it could be quite a while before things finally settle down and so the immediate future, while hopeful, remains uncertain.

For us we were certainly looking to put our Japanese to good use once we graduate! 2021 was to mark the end of our 2years of full time language study and we are meant to prepare for an internship in a church or other form of ministry. However, given the very changing climate, we do not yet know when proper services, bible studies, prayer meetings and other ministries will resume so it is difficult to say if this plan will be realised or in what way or fashion. Perhaps, once again, we need to listen to what other plans the Lord has in store for us and obediently follow those instead.

Throughout our time in Japan, the Lord has faithfully provided for us,sometimes in miraculous ways. He has also opened doors for us to build relationships with Japanese people and supported us through everything. Deep down we are thankful that our children are settling in well to their new life here and are grateful for all the prayers and thoughts of those who have chosen to walk alongside us on our journey.

We may not know what the future holds but,in the meantime, we can rest on God’s graces. The lyrics of the song ‘The Solid Rock’ are a good reminder in times like this:

“When darkness veils His lovely face,

I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gail,

my anchor holds within the veil.”

I would like to end now with some thoughts about the future both for the church in Japan and in Singapore. What other challenges the Lord has in store for 2021 is anyone’s guess but by God’s grace many churches have adapted to the outbreak so that sermons and bible studies can continue almost uninterrupted. With this achieved, the church now needs to focus on the important matter of fellowship. Even with technological advances in video calls and online meetings, for some there is no substitute for the simple act of catching up in person. Such simple yet valuable interactions occurred naturally in between Sunday services, or after bible studies. Now people need to take that extra effort to meet up or call one another just to know how others are doing. The pandemic has exposed many weaknesses in our social systems leaving some people more at risk of isolation than others. This is especially so for those who are struggling to adapt to this ‘new normal’, such as older persons who have nobody to turn to or those who have lost their jobs and means of supporting their family, just to name two examples. When one is in pain or struggling, Christ’s presence can feel so distant. Then we as His people need to help shine Christ’s light into their lives by connecting with and supporting them. As such, this is a key moment for the church to rise up and consider how it can be an encourager through prayer and deliberate acts of kindness.

As we stand on the precipice of a new year, may we together as God’s church, be that light to a darkened world. Let us hold firmly to our Anchor in the veil as we weather this stormy gale together so that others may see the love of Christ demonstrated even amidst these uncertain times.

Sean Tan
December 27, 2020

“Mummy, were you happy when I was born?”
“Did you know that I would grow up like this?”
“Are you happy that I am your child?”
“Did you imagine that we would be talking like this today?”
“What was it like to have your own child?”

“Mummy, am I adopted?”

 

These are the questions my children often ask me. My children are not alone in asking these kinds of questions. If you are a parent, I am sure your child/children would have asked you too- some more than others. We might give standard answers because our children are the same in many aspects.  

 

What if the child was special? What would it be like to raise that special child? That was the question that prompted the song-writer, comedian, and singer Mark Lowry to pen the words of the now much-loved Christmas song Mary Did You Know?

 

According to an interview, Mark was asked by his pastor to write a program for Christmas in 1984. As he wrote the speaking parts, he started thinking about Mary. He said, “I have always been fascinated with the concept that God came to earth.” He remembers his conversation with his mother who said, “If anyone on earth knew for sure that Jesus was virgin born- Mary knew!” That profound statement stuck with Mark who added, “One thing they couldn’t take from Mary was that she knew her child was not ordinary.”

 

Mark explains how the song came into existence. “As my mind went back to the manger scene, I began to think about the power, authority and majesty she cradled in her arms. Those little lips were the same lips that had spoken worlds into existence. All of those things were contained in the young child lying quietly on her bosom. Even now, he was the very one who had given life his mother, Mary. I began writing the list of questions I would like to ask Mary if I could sit down with her – questions such as, “Mary, do you know who is in your arms?”

 

Mary, Did You Know?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy
Has come to make you new?

This child that you delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would calm the storm with his hand?

Did you know that your baby boy
Has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby
Then you kissed the face of God.

The blind will see, the deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb.

Mary, did you know that your baby boy

Is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy
Is heaven’s perfect Lamb?

This sleeping child you’re holding,
Is the great, the great “I Am!”

 

Seven years after the lyrics were written, Mark gave the lyrics to his friend, Buddy Green a composer who later said, “Mark handed me his lyrics, and I held on to them for about two weeks. One day I pulled them out and looked at them. They seemed to suggest a minor key approach to writing an accompaniment. I completed the musical setting in about 30 minutes. I called Mark at his home in Georgia and on the phone played and sang the song to him. He was ecstatic and liked it.” When Gloria Gaither pointed out in an interview that the correct English was “Mary, Do you know?” he responded “Well, my way sings better!”

 

This year has been an eventful and a memorable year. As our singing went online, preparation and recording for today’s Lessons and Carols started as early as September. As I sang this song, I also wondered with the writer of the song how much Mary knew and what went through her mind as the child grew, fulfilled the words of the angel and was finally crucified.

 

Last week, we heard how the lowly shepherds heard the message of joy and could not contain it. But Mary pondered all these things in her heart. Today we have the privilege of having God’s word with us and hearing it time and again. This year, we have preached through the letter of Paul to the Colossians and we are reminded who this sleeping child is as found in Colossians 1:15-20

 

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Each Christmas is a reminder of what God has done for us by sending His only begotten Son to save us. Every year we hear the story time and again. We do not know how much Mary knew and what she thought about it but what about us? Do we know that…

 

He came to save our sons and daughters

He came to make us new
He came to deliver us
He came to calm the storms
He came to so that the blind will see, the deaf will hear
He came so that the dead will live again
He came so that the lame will leap, the dumb will speak His praises
He is Lord of all creation
He will rule the nations
He is heaven’s perfect Lamb
He is the great “I AM”?


If we do, we will be filled with joy and we will sing the praises of the Lamb! We will go and tell it on the mountains and everywhere that Jesus Christ is born for us!

 

Have a Blessed Christmas everyone.

Pr Loliro Sani
December 20, 2020