Dearly Beloved in Christ,
As we reflect on the eleventh month of the year, we can see that the weather is getting colder by the day and wonder how time just flew by so quickly. It is a month to be thankful as we look back to last year around this time when we were restricted and uncertain about the pandemic. This year, slowly things are getting to be more relaxed, and we are getting back to the old normal one step at a time. It can be frightening for some who are still in the fear of the pandemic but let us be assured that our God is seeing all that is happening and is guiding us for the better. He has great plans for us, and we should not be shaken but trust in Him alone. The past year and a half had changed people emotionally, mentally, and physically. The lockdown
had brought forth different stresses that took a great toll on our well-being. It is more stressful as we look onto the situation and try to convince ourselves into thinking that we are in control. Philippians 4:6–7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” How much are we surrendering ourselves and all our situations towards prayer? Are we able to remind ourselves that God is in control? Amid the storms that come towards us, are we able to be assured of the peace that comes from God? His peace surpasses all our understanding. We are limited beings that are to surrender ourselves to God in whom nothing is impossible. He is the One who reminds us that His righteous right hand is upon us, and He will never leave us. This month’s lectionary themes are reminding us of the same in which we have the seasons commemorating the annunciations to Zachariah and the Virgin Mary, as well as the sharing of the good news through the blessed visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. Yes, we approach the season of Christmas. Let us remind ourselves through meditating this month that
the coming of our Savior is the instilling of the Hope God gives us that will NEVER leave
us. Let us continue to put our trust and hope in Him. Let us be thankful that we exist in this world and also be thankful in all the circumstances that come our way because God chose for us to exist because He loves us unconditionally.
This month as the North-East Regional Youth Fellowship we will have our Fall One Day Conference on the Zoom platform hosted by the Jerusalem Mar Thoma Church, Connecticut on November 27th. I encourage all our youths to attend the conference. Men’s Bible Study is on Tuesdays and the Women’s Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 8 PM.
May God bless all of you this month! Have a blessed November!
Rev. Jess M. George
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