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A Companion of Jesus

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1: 1 – 5

As we enter into 2013 it is like a new beginning. But, all of our beginnings have an end unlike ‘The Word of God’ in the above verse. Thomas a Kempis wrote, “Happy is he that always hath the hour of his death before his eyes and daily prepareth himself to die”. King David wrote, “Lord, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am ….Certainly every man at his best state is but a vapour”  (Ps. 39:4-5).

Our Lord Jesus in teaching us to pray, prayed, “ Our Father who art in heaven….give us this day (today) our daily bread….”. He further taught us not to worry about tomorrow or about what we should eat…or what we should drink…or what should we wear….

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25 – 34)

My plea to you for this New Year is to try to live each day as though it were your last! Try not to get bogged down with the worries of the world and the worries of tomorrow. We are told to Live by Faith and not by Sight. (2 Cor.5:7) So let us, every day, try to keep this injunction from the Lord.. always before us.

The world will fill you with fear….you just have to look at the TV or read a paper…it is full of doom and fear mongering and it can feed your soul so that you lose your peace…if you allow it to! The greatest strategy of the enemy of your soul is to make you believe a lie. Satan did this from the beginning and he has not changed. ……Are you really safe when the whole economy is collapsing….are you really safe when diseases are now becoming resistant to medicines…are you really safe when drug addicts run riot in towns and cities, when guns are so available and life is so cheap…are you really safe at work when so many businesses are going under in this downward economic climate…..are you really safe….?  He prowls around like a roaring lion looking to devour you   ( 1Peter 5:8)….the roar is to paralyze you with fear, but we are told to stand firm and resist him! This comes by first humbling ourselves under God’s might hand, for we are called to cast all our anxieties upon Him…because He cares for each and every one of us.

Practice the Presence of God daily and rejoice and give thanks in all circumstances!

Rejoice always,  pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 Do not quench the Spirit.  Do not treat prophecies with contempt  but test them all; hold on to what is good,  reject every kind of evil.

 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”   (1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 24)

My precious Sisters and Brothers, this is my prayer for you today and always.

Thank you for all you do and for your encouragement in word and deed.

Be blessed and live loved

A little brother

Michael 

Br. Michael Daly. C.J.

Servant of Communion.

 

The Little Portion

St Barnabas Church

Sea Road

Bexhill-on-Sea

East Sussex. TN40 1JG

Telephone: (+44) 01424 210036. – Church Office

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