December 2017 Deacon’s Letter

Deacon’s Letter

Dear Friends,

What has just come to mind, (and I’m grateful something has!) is the wonderful news that Robert Mugabe has now resigned.  When we heard that he was no longer in charge we rejoiced, big time!  We must now pray, however, that his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa, who seems to be the right man to take over from Mugabe at this time, will not turn into a monster as did his predecessor.  We must now pray for the people of Zimbabwe, that they will pick themselves up and acquire all the help they need to live peaceful happy lives.  There are too many people in power who think only of their own needs, and who have become so embroiled with their power and riches, that the livelihood of others is of least importance to them.  Many, quite naturally I suppose, will be blaming God for the terrible state that nation found itself in, but we are not puppets whom God controls, we all have free will and there are consequences to our actions.

 In an ideal world, if we all acknowledged God as sovereign and the Maker of heaven and earth, who sent Jesus Christ to die on a cross to save us, there would be no wars – arguments and disagreements, yes, for we are merely human, but not war.

 No one can say they have lived a perfect life – I quote: “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe….  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”  Romans 3 v. 22-24.  Of course there are degrees of sin, but no matter who we are we do not have a righteousness of our own!

I turn now to the ‘problem of Christmas.’  I heard it said recently on TV  that Christmas gives us a fuzzy feeling, and to some extent I go along with that, except that it sounded as though the comment alluded to the fact, that many of us will be receiving gifts, eating bigger helpings of food and drinking more.   In effect, having a huge party without the guest of honour!!

 My rhetorical question to people who cannot believe is this: why do you think Christmas is so called?  Some people say there is no God, but blame Him when things go wrong! But, wait, I can’t talk – I was in my mid-thirties before I succumbed to the Lord, with the help of a very persistent lady who lived along the road which Peter, our boys and I had recently moved into.  Of course as time passed and I agreed to go to her church, I sensed a warmth there and began to learn more about Christianity; but that’s another story.  Suffice to say, I am not judging those who don’t yet believe.  I just want to say to those people that, if you have the faith to believe, there are no limits or restrictions as to how God can work in your life.  Our thoughts and desires may fluctuate, but the Lord remains steadfast and trustworthy.

 Ignorance is not always bliss (as the saying goes), for if I knew years’ ago what I know now, I could have done so much more that is good.  However, I got by and God brought Peter into my life which I continually thank Him for.  Years’ ago I hadn’t read about people like St. Paul or John Newton, both wretched men who were cruel and cold hearted, who both had encounters with Jesus and were radically changed.  And years’ ago I had no idea what the bible was saying about the old testament prophets, whose prophesies came true.  There is no denying that Jesus is alive and active, for there is too much proof to suggest otherwise!

 There are many contributing factors as to why people don’t believe, aren’t there.  We are proud, stubborn people, our minds have been conditioned, and we’ve become set in our ways and too clever in our own eyes.  In many homes there is so much activity that there is no time for God, and spiritually speaking they cannot ‘breathe.’

 Anyway, fortunately for you, I’ve run out of space so will sign off.

 With Christian love to you, from Vivienne (Viv).

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