Words by our Priest-in-Charge:
Hope for the living
Remember Your word to Your servant; You have given me hope through it. This is my comfort in my affliction: Your promise has given me life. Psalm 119:49-50
At the time of the writing of this article, the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is still not found. There are 239 passengers and crew on board the airplane. The whole world’s attention is drawn to them. So many people are hoping that all the 239 will return to their families and loved ones. While we focus on praying for the safe return of the passengers and crew, we also need to remember that there are thousands of family members and close ones who are deeply affected. Imagine what they must be going through now. The anxiety, uncertainty and despair. I believe very few of us can find words adequate enough to describe it.
Pain is real. Emotional pains can be tormenting especially when we are not certain when they will end or whether they will end! We are confident that God can heal anyone who is wounded and hurting. We are also confident that en route to that healing, He will also bring comfort. Real comfort can only come from the One who holds the world in His hand. Real comfort can only come from the One who is the source of life, strength and comfort. It is when we hear Him speaks so personally to us, when His Spirit touches our spirits, that we are comforted in affliction.
There are many in this world, even in our community, who are “journeying” in pain due to affliction caused by sins – our own sins or the sins of others, and the devil. Healing sometimes is a process. It begins when we come to Jesus to seek it. But in order for us to continue in this process or journey of restoration and healing, we need God’s Rhema Word in our lives. We need to hear Him speaking personally to us. We need to hear His prophetic voice. It is in His words that we find hope – hope for the living.