“The Lord is faithful in all His words, and holy in all His works. The Lord supports all who stumble…” – Psalm 144:14
Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,
In the past six months we have been tested in countless ways. Our lives have been filled with uncertainty and distress, while fearing ill health brought on by disease or fires. This is an unprecedented time in the history of our country, one which is reflected in the struggles of countless families in our community and in our nation. The struggle is truly real, yet we take great comfort in the fact that we have a God who loves us, hears us and is near to us.
The Prophet David was a man beloved by God when he was selected to be king of Israel, and because of his favor, enemies sought to kill him. Like the Lord Jesus as He prayed in the garden, David’s attitude was one of submission in times of trouble, knowing that God would ultimately be victorious over his enemies. David’s faith was remarkable, in that, according to tradition, many of the psalms attributed to him reflect great hope in the midst of struggle! He understood that, regardless of the circumstance, God would never abandon him.
The Lord hears our cries of pain and sorrow, our suffering and distress. In these times, in particular, He knows what we are going through and is with us. Like David, who feared for his life, in the midst of his troubles he knew that the Lord would never abandon him, and so with us. Truly, God is with us.
No matter how bad things in the world totally may seem, let us take comfort in knowing that God is always with us, even right now, at this very moment.
With love in Christ,
Father Niko Bekris