Message from Rev. Lena Ali

 TESTING TIMES CAN BE FRUITFUL TIMES

The whole world is reeling from the ill effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  It has affected every class, colour, creed and all age groups.  This has made us all equal in terms of suffering and death. Christians and non-Christians have all been interceding for all who are in need of healing and asking for protection for those who have not contracted the virus.  Never in our lifetime have people prayed as fervently to God.  

Numerous people have cited this text from Isaiah 26:20 for these times: "Go my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you, hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by."  They see this as a proclamation of God's word in order that the current lockdown might help control and rid the world completely of the corona virus outbreak.  My prayer is that in the same way that Jesus calmed the Storm in the Sea of Galilee, he would stretch forth his hand and bring calm in these turbulent times.

What has been fruitful is the response from neighbours, friends and loved ones who have shown kindness, love, compassion, care, encouragement and fulfilling Jesus' teaching on "Who is my neighbour?"  Hopefully, when this is all over, people will continue to love and appreciate each other.

Fruitful too has been the decrease in terrorist attacks, crime and air pollution and we can continue to be fruitful in prayer.  "I exhort therefore pray for all people with supplications and intercessions--giving thanks for all mankind." 1 Timothy 2:1.  The Lord heareth the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15: 29.

Some days are easy, others are difficult.  I thank God for each new day with all its blessings and I pray for you all that God will keep you and your loved ones safe, happy and healthy.  Take care and God bless.

Lots of love,

Lena