Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in Love – Part 9

Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in Love – Part 9

Dear Friends,

 “…what are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them?  You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honour, subjecting all things under their feet.”

Hebrews 2:6-8 (NRSV)

This is the day that the Lord has made…waking up to the shining sun, a blue sky, and a chill in the air, yet still faced with the threat of COVID 19. The path may not be easy, but our hope is in the Lord. We approach each day trusting in God’s providence

We cannot underestimate the havoc and suffering that has been caused by COVID 19 in human lives. At such a time, like this, we need to experience God’s peace that ‘surpasses all understanding’

Philippians 4:7

The story about Horatio Spafford’s experience might be an inspiration and encouragement to you.  Spafford is author of the famous hymn “It is well with my soul”. He wrote this hymn after losing his four daughters to a shipwreck in 1873. Its first line promises serenity: “When peace like a river attendeth my way”. He goes on in the second line: “When sorrows like sea billows roll”. And his resolution is: “Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, ‘It is well, it is well with my soul”.

In this season, have your “sea billows” rolled? Have your hard times seemed unending? Spafford did not deny the reality of his suffering, neither did he deny the reality of his saviour’s love. He knew what we can know today: our hope is in Jesus.  

Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity,
to accept the things
I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can, 
and wisdom to know the difference. Amen 

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971)

Whatever you may have gone through in this season- your brokenness and your losses, may you be encouraged to know that our hope rests in Jesus.  

May God richly bless you.

Your Friend & Minister,

Revd. Adam Nyawo