HAPPY NEW YEAR
Christmas Letter 2013
In my Christmas Letter last year, I reflected on the Peace of Christ that I thought was lacking in the hearts of so many people in the world today. The continuing unrest that is happening in a lot of countries around the world shows that there is still a great need for perseverance in striving for the conversion of peoples’ heart and mind to the healing peace and love of Christ.
It is understandable that people may grow weary of pursuing what seems to be an illusive dream- Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All. Yet, it is advisable to remember that God’s ways are not our ways and His time is not our time. The birth of Jesus, Son of God and Redeemer of the World, was foretold hundreds of years before that event actually took place.
This year, my thoughts led me to the subjects of faith, hope and trust – faith in God’s love, hope in His mercy and trust in His promise of care and protection. In times of deep despair and depression, I imagine that it is very easy to lose our faith, hope and trust in God’s blessings. In such circumstances, the act of praying becomes a difficult task. Supportive prayer, by family, friends and community groups, is therefore such an important and desirable act of Christian love that should be encouraged and pursued with true compassion and humility in obeying Jesus’ command that we should love one another with all our heart, our mind and our soul. Perhaps we could all offer a special prayer this Christmas as a gesture of loving and caring support for all those we know who are in need of prayers and make a determined effort to continue this practice regularly.
In the face of adversity and difficult challenges, I usually ask for God’s help in giving me strength, courage and wisdom to deal with the issues that confront me. I try to do this immediately when the need arises. Sometimes I forget that God is always at my side, ready and willing to answer my call for help, and I try to solve problems on my own. I find this thought very helpful in such situations – Just do my best, God will do the rest.
Carmen and I pray that you and your family will be blessed with good health and a fervent spirit of peace and joy during this Christmas season and throughout the New Year and that your faith, hope and trust in God’s blessings will remain strong through difficult times.