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Vicar Message - January 2019

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
          The memories and messages of Christmas kindled our heart with the everlasting love of God towards human kind. Now it’s time to hit refresh as the New Year opens its arms
with another 365 days for us to embrace. Another brand New Year is here so recharge our energies and get set to be more fruitful for this year. It’s New Year and the best time to renew
our dictionary of life. Remove words like jealous, hate, revenge, greed from our dictionary and put words like love, care, compassion, honesty and satisfaction in their place. This will ensure that we have a great and guilt free year ahead.
          Let this New Year enable us to count the blessings before we cry on our misfortunes. Learn to take each day one at a time. Create opportunities for ourselves, for quitting is never an option. As Albert Einstein said “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow”.
          We may have different thoughts and dreams for the New Year. Usually we think ahead and carefully plan things in our life. We may picture in our minds how our future is going to unfold. But in reality, things do not go as planned. Some doors may close while others open. Some people turn against us while some others support. Some unexpected incident which can turn around our lives may happen. Even though we plan carefully, life ahead is uncertain. If something happens against our plan, it may be because God has something
completely different in His mind.
          The Psalmist says” Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guard stand watch in vain” (psalm:127:1) So we are nothing without God. We are not able to do anything without God’s help. Hence
we need to accept human limitations and helplessness, and bow before God and accept His will. It is good to plan and dream and think ahead. But we must always be open to God’s
appointed changes in direction. Solomon wrote “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov:16:9). God will never mislead us. When we trust Him with all our heart, He will direct our paths (Prov:3:5-6). God will always make a way even though it
looks like there is no way. He will give strength for every battle, wisdom for every decision, peace that passes understanding. He will not bring our dreams to pass but He will give even the secret desires of our hearts. Let us trust in the Lord who can guide us in our ways of life.
As we move forward in the New Year, let this be our resolution of New Year.
May God bless us all,
With New Year wishes,

Yours in Christ service,

Rev. Santhosh Joseph

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