Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ. We have all suffered and are suffering from the effects of Covid for over a year now. We must not forget God in our suffering! He is the Father of mercies – He will comfort us in our afflictions. We should count our afflictions as a blessing because we can use our experiences and comfort others. In doing so, we can be a blessing to a brother or sister, or even have the opportunity in sharing the love of Christ with the lost.
“Happy New Year!” “Should auld acquaintance be forgot..” and the world rolls into 2021, trying, in fact, to forget, and even to expunge memory of the greatest reality – that this Universe is God’s property, that fallen humanity is accountable to Him, and that the Reckoning is coming. But He doesn’t allow wilful forgetfulness, and has wired nature to penalise sin and point clearly up to Him.
We believe because He first loved us, and ushered us into His kingdom for fellowship, to fight gladly and lovingly for His glory, empowered by grace. This is good news! So our “auld acquaintance” will not be forgot, and we can indeed say, “Happy New Year!”
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want: Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil…Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…