From Our Vicar

CHRISTIAN HOPE

Beloved in Christ,

Warm greetings in the precious name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ!!!

As you all know I took over the charge of Immanuel Cathedral on 26th May 2020 and Rev. P.J. Jacob Achen was relieved on 26th May 2020. I thankfully remember all the meritorious ministries rendered by Rev. P.J Jacob Achen and family in the past years to Immanuel church and the congregation and pray that, may the good God bless them abundantly in their retirement life. Let’s remember them in our daily prayers. Even though I took charge on 26th May, we shifted our residence from Trichur to Ernakulam on 29th of this month. The time I came to Ernakulam is special in every aspect, the onslaught of Corona virus is still continuing, people are living in lock down with fear and anxiety on their faces. The circumstances in which we are living today are really very horrendous because of the persisting menace of a pandemic- Covid19. We have no opportunity to gather together, worship together and no fellowship meetings; however for the last three months we have been worshipping at our homes. Everything seems to be difficult. But for a Christian there is nothing to worry, for we know that our Lord is in control and nothing will happen without His knowledge. We believe that it is not accidental, but everything has happened as per the eternal plan of our heavenly father. In His time He will make everything perfect, till then let’s patiently learn from Him new lessons regarding the ephemeral nature of human life. One important lesson, the New Corona Virus has taught us is how momentary and transitory human life is and how vulnerable human kind is. Also it is proved that with all human strength, wisdom and advanced technology we are unable to defeat even an invisible virus!! Therefore, let’s humble ourselves before Almighty God and pray that God would strengthen us with His grace to withstand in the midst of this contagion. 

As far as the Christian life is concerned, it is a life of Hope. We need not be overwhelmed in these circumstances, because Christians are a ‘community of hope’. What makes CHRISTIAN HOPE different from others is that for others, hope is only a wishful thinking or a desire for something one might not receive. But for a Christian, hope is an assurance concerning our future. Whatever the uncertainty may be in our circumstances or however hazardous our life is, we know for certain that God will work all things together for our good. Because the Holy Bible says that God has a plan for us and that plan is for our well-being (Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11). Very often God’s plans seems to be incomprehensive for human knowledge, But when we look at the things that are happening around us, with a God’s perspective we could see that, God is in control and everything that are happening in this world is with God’s knowledge and with God’s consent.

There was a prophet whose name was Habakkuk. When he saw unjustifiable things were happening around him, he was so desperate and suspicious of God. But when he placed his trust on God and looked with God’s perspective, he knew that everything was happening according to the directives of God Almighty. Realizing the fact that God was in control, Habakkuk’s heart filled with joy and peace. With overwhelming faith and hope he sings praises to the Lord. He says: “Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on vine, though the produce of the olive falls, and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will exult in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and makes me tread upon the heights.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19) 

As we are living in a very critical time in the history of human kind and the things seem to be beyond our control, let’s place our ultimate trust on the living God and let’s confidently say as Habakkuk had said:

“He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and sets me secure on the heights” (Psalm 18:33). No doubt our Almighty God will protect us and guide us through this time of pandemic.

SHALOM!

Rev. John Joseph
Vicar & Chairman 

June 2020

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