Thursday, June 30, 2011

IRISH BLESSING!

May your life on this earth be a happy one,
May your sun be warm and may the sky be bluuuuuuuuuue,
May each storm that comes your way make way for a brighter day,
May the Lord and Savior watch over you.

As you spend time with friends and family
And you see the warmth and love they have for you
When you see the wars and the hate,others radiate
May the Lord and Savior ,watch over you.

As you spend time in this old world of ours
As you see the beauty of the morning dew,
As you smell the summer flowers,while you pass away the hours
May the Lord and Savior,watch over you.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A prayer to the King of my hearts-the only one worthy of all the honour,glory and grace!

What a strange fortnight it has been,nightmarish to say the least,spiritually frightening.....'hold on to Jesus'-is all I can say to myself and to all the faltering believers who are desperately grappling with their faith.
Lord you are all in all.
Lift up this curtain of bondage that seems to be supresssing us and help us to reach out for you,to choose you,to put you first in our lives....
Give us the grace to step back to give you the rightful place,you are the King of Glory....you are the Prince of peace.....you are the king of eternal life........
May you be lifted up in our lives,in our institution today and always!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Amazing God!!

An event occured some two days back which broke a lot of our hearts.Something did not seem right.It stunned me first and then I confronted some of the people involved for a first hand account.
Our church had been going through the series on Holy spirit and our pastor had just completed the series on the pentecostal sunday.Some people in the campus had been praying for a spiritual breakthrough .....He had given an alter call and I got up which is very unlike me.I was blessed.
It was the day after that all these events seemed to have occured.
Burdened by it all,I went into a time of worship till past the midnight the next day but on Wednesday morning I was having my quiet time as usual and while I was praying,I saw this vision of a huge golden snake sitting on the throne.It was so clear.I sat still for a moment thanked the Lord for the vision but did not know what to do with it-I prayed that the serpent might be dethroned and the Lord be given the rightful place,I made some time out to run to senior man of God's place and while they were still in their beds,shared the vision with them.I was at peace the whole morning busy at work but when I came back for lunch,I was on the floor praying andd crying burdened by the vision.
I was still not clear about the vision,did not know how to interpret it and my fervent prayer was Lord let me not misinterpret it ,till it becomes clear I will just pray that the serpent be dethroned and the Lord be throned in the situation.
I had been alloted the chapel turn today.Yesterday while praying with a friend I shared with her that whenever I prepared a sermon,at the last moment the Holy spirit would lead me to a new clarity and the sermon would completely change.
I was doing a last minute touch up to the sermon when suddenly I received a phone-call from my sister who has no idea that I am speaking today asking me if I had tried calling her the previous day-when I said naught she told me to read psalm 133 in the passing.
As I read it I got the breakthrough........my vision became clear,convicted by the Holy spirit..It is the song of Ascent of David.....a song of pilgrim ascending to Jerusalem....
"How beautiful it is when brothers live together in harmony..
It is like the dew of Hermon falling down Aaron's beard...".
It's commentary runs something like this.
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion. From the loftier mountains the moisture appears to be wafted to the lesser hills: the dews of Hermon fall on Zion. The Alpine Lebanon ministers to the minor elevation of the city of David; and so does brotherly love descend from higher to the lower, refreshing and enlivening in its course. Holy concord is as dew, mysteriously blessed, full of life and growth for all plants of grace. It brings with it so much benediction that it is as no common dew, but as that of Hermon which is specially copious, and far-reaching. The proper rendering is, "As the dew of Hermon that descended upon the mountains of Zion," and this tallies with the figure which has been already used; and sets forth by a second simile the sweet descending diffusiveness of brotherly unity. "For there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore." That is, in Zion, or better still, in the place where brotherly love abounds. Where love reigns God reigns. Where love wishes blessing, there God commands the blessing. God has but to command, and it is done. He is so pleased to see his dear children happy in one another that he fails not to make them happy in himself. He gives especially his best blessing of eternal life, for love is life; dwelling together in love we have begun the enjoyments of eternity, and these shall not be taken from us. Let us love for evermore, and we shall live for evermore. This makes Christian brotherhood so good and pleasant; it has Jehovah's blessing resting upon it, and it cannot be otherwise than sacred like "the precious ointment," and heavenly like "the dew of Hermon."

O for more of this rare virtue! Not the love which comes and goes, but that which dwells; not that spirit which separates and secludes, but that which dwells together; not that mind which is all for debate and difference, but that which dwells together in unity. Never shall we know the full power of the anointing till we are of one heart and of one spirit; never will the sacred dew of the spirit descend in all its fulness till we are perfectly joined together in the same mind; never will the covenanted and commanded blessing come forth from the Lord our God till once again we shall have "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." Lord, lead us into this most precious spiritual unity, for thy Son's sake. Amen.

I suddenly understood my vision ...anointing of the pentecost ,that precious oil of anointing we had gone to the church for on the day of the pentecost would come,the dew of Hermon would fall when true brotherly love prevailed..... I was suddenly clear about what I needed to pray for....I shared it in the chapel....sans the vision part.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Remembering KV's LRS..

I remember the words of Dr Kuruvilla Varkey in one of the LRS’s which stunned me into a deep introspection -‘If you have a pure heart the poor and the needy will naturally come to you’.
He did not say if you have a pure heart you will go to the poor.Here, there is another subtle dimension of self-fulfillment one can get at the behest of the poor if one is not careful.
This statement has remained with me eversince ,making me do an integrity check on myself from time to time.I fail most times.
The Sermon on the Mount clearly says-‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.’
What is it about the poor that God is so near to them?
What is poverty?
Is it just lack of material resources or is it much more.World Bank defines it as-
“Poverty is pronounced deprivation in well-being, and comprises many dimensions. It includes low incomes and the inability to acquire the basic goods and services necessary for survival with dignity. Poverty also encompasses low levels of health and education, poor access to clean water and sanitation, inadequate physical security, lack of voice, and insufficient capacity and opportunity to better one’s life.”
Are the poor coming to us?
Are our hearts pure?
Do we see God,atleast sometimes?

A prayer!

A PRAYER

Lord , if I am a pilgrim on my way home
Why do I hold on to things like I will never let it go…..
Why is my feet so heavy…and my steps so slow…..
Why do I hoard things…..people included….
Why is my baggage so heavy…that it will not let me go?
Lord ,if I am a pilgrim on my way home
Why do I live like a king and behave like a beggar?
Why do I build empires which do not matter….
Lord, if I am a pilgrim on my way home
Why am I here ?
The road map is near…
Your voice I hear…
Lord if I am a pilgrim on my way home..
Make me a pilgrim on my way home…….

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

An afternoon of awe!

Tea gardens behind the HCH campus is a stretch of greenery and a blessing .This is a season of snakes but one can't help making a foray into the mini wilds the place simulates.There are trees of all kinds,all shape and all charecters which arrest your attention and touches your soul.The skies with the changing moods of the monsoons resplendant with hues of lilac and pink,surprising one out of the regular spectrum one would expect.It's God's handiwork which has an imprint of his person which never fails to startle,engage,entrall,enlighten and embrace.
Thank you Lord for these precious joys...which are freely given.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A request for prayer!!

CAN WE PRAY FOR THE RAINS THIS MONSOONS IN SATBARWA .
ALL OF US KNOW THAT THE RAINS ARE EXPECTED TO COME IN FROM THE 15th OF JUNE.THE WATER TABLES ARE REALLY LOW AND IF WE DO NOT HAVE GOOD RAINS THIS YEAR THE CAMPUS WOULD HAVE TO START BUYING WATER FROM THE TANKS……BUT I CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO FATHOM WHAT THE PEOPLE IN THE VILLAGES WILL DO…..AND THAT WITH THE RAINS A HARVEST OF SOULS MIGHT OCCUR.
OUR GOD IS A GREAT GOD WHO ANSWERS THE SUPPLICATIONS OF HIS PEOPLE……..
‘And who know whether you are come to the kingdom for such a time as this.’-Esther 4,vs14.
Jeremiah 14,vs 22
"Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain?"
"Do the skies themselves send down showers ?"
" No, it is You, O Lord our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this."

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Big mercies of my life!!

Once more in my life the Lord is teaching me what it is to depend entirely on Him.He is taking away all the props and teaching me that He is sufficient.
Just came back from the Ascension service.
At the end of a full day,deplete of all human strenght,what a joy it is to rest in the Lord in the company of believers worshipping Him.The sweeetness of His presence is a cushion that can shield me from any onslaught.It gently reminds me that I am His and He is sufficient.
I may never take it for granted.
Amen.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

DEEP,DEEP LOVE OF CHRIST !!

Was going through the final lectures wiith one of the visiting electives who plans to come back to India to work in the missions .It was amazing hearing him spontanaeously give a final talk to the residents about the testimony about his calling to be in India.
Was feeling a little low having just got the news that our dynamic pastor was going to be away for a quarter of a year.The lord edified me through his testimony.Like most of us, he had reached the end of himself ,lost the taste for life….contemplating suicide and the Lord had taken over from there…….
‘Come to me all ye who are burdened ..and I will give you rest…’that was the verse that took him over to the other side .
It is amazing how the Lord has these broken vessels all over the place .I get encouraged by the deep love he puts into ordinary vessels ,giving them a purpose that has eternal value and a worth that cost God,the Cross and a separation from his own person.Suddenly that ordinary ,broken human being is ordinary no more……he is a walking ,talking mandate for Christ……precious ….oh so very precious for how many people he could in his lifetime reach out to and save,and precious simply because God thought so!