Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in love – Part 11

Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in love – Part 11

Dear Friends,

Watching over one another in love (Week 11)

 “…I am about to do a new thing;  now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness  and rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:19 (NRSV)

This letter is coming to you shortly after Aldersgate Sunday and before Pentecost Sunday, two significant events both in the history of Methodism and the Christian church. On the 24th  of May 1738, John Wesley had a great turning point in his life. Wesley describes the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, “I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for my salvation; and an assurance was given to me that He had taken away my sins, even mine”. John Wesley was a transformed man. 

For the past ten weeks, we have adopted some words in our daily communication. Almost every day we have been bombarded with words such as : ‘COVID 19’, ‘Quarantine’, Lockdown’ and ‘Self-isolation’. The moment we hear these words, they cause anxiety and trigger memories of pain and sadness in us.  I want to encourage you today, that when your hope is drying out, when all doors and opportunities in life seem to be closed, when you find yourself walking on hard ground in the wilderness- remember God assures us that He will make a way in the wilderness.

This coming Sunday (Pentecost), we are going to welcome the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes upon us and indwells us, He shall teach us to love God and to love others, He shall guide us on the right paths and He shall empower us to be ambassadors of justice and peace. Indeed the Holy Spirit shall give us the power to hold tight in the Lord. And now we say, ‘Come Holy Spirit, O Come!’.  

For your reflection:

When was the last time you faced a closed door? During this time, how did God make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert? Why can you trust Him with closed doors, even when there are no windows insight?

Let us sing prayerfully:

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way.
He works in ways we can not see.
He will make a way for me…

(Don Moen)

Your Friend & Minister,

Revd. Adam Nyawo