Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
Firstly, thank you for your prayers! With illness all around us and the need to exert extra caution and the fact that this virus operates in such strange ways, we continue to pray for each other as we endure the challenges of daily life.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Kim for all her exceptionally hard work this year and wish her a wonderful and well-deserved holiday. May God’s peace abound in her and Pierre and their family and friends. We pray for traveling mercies for them and for a time of great rest and regeneration.
As the School year winds up, we pray for all learners and educators. It is wonderful to be able to put the academic year behind us and pause a moment to recuperate and prepare ourselves for the new academic year with new opportunities and new adventures. May God bless all in the education sector, we are grateful for all they do in making the mind of this nation wise and in preparing for a brighter future.
I ask you all, to pray for the Ordinands who God willing will be priested tomorrow and enter into a new season of ministry. God has blessed His Church with people who have responded to the call in a difficult time. As we as a Diocese are considering cutting Clergy numbers, this is a very stressful time for them, may the blessing of the Sacrament sustain them for that which God has called them to. I remind you that ordination is not a graduation, but a setting aside, a consecration to a life of Sacrifice in Christ. May the God who has called them sustain them.
As we approach Christmas, we are reminded in the words of so many Christmas Carols of the “arrival of the long awaiting King.” I think of those wise men who travelled so far and how often they must have questioned themselves and felt fatigue in following that star. But they trudged on.
Let us hold onto the faith that we profess, and though it may be a long trudge, although at times we may be downhearted, let us not tire. In the words of Isaiah “even youths grow weary and tired, so wait on the Lord who will renew your strength. We reminded that this text does not say that those who wait upon the Lord will not grow weary – it says that God will renew their strength, God will see us through, God will not forsake us!
And so dear friends – Though we walk in darkness – we have seen a great light.
Be of good courage! Fight the good fight of faith, that you may finish your course with joy.