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posted Apr 8, 2013, 9:09 AM by St. Peter CSI Church Los Angeles   [ updated Apr 8, 2013, 10:19 PM ]

Dear all,

Could we imagine life without life changing events? It is impossible. All of us experience this at one time or another. The massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut just a few days ago was only a stark reminder of that. Would any of the families of those 6 to 7 year old students have ever thought that their children’s lives would be taken away so abruptly and brutally by a gun man; that too just before Christmas? Those families’ New Year will be so different from what they had imagined.

Whether we realise it or not, life changing events happen all the time. Many a times only the most traumatic ones we recognise as such. For me, my father’s passing away at the beginning of this year has affected me so much more deeply than I ever thought. My life attitude itself seems to be undergoing fundamental transformation. I am sure many of you would have the same to say or think about your own experiences.

It is in such a context that we need to think about the motto that we have chosen for 2013 –

Seek the Lord and His Strength, Seek His Presence Continually!”  (1 Chronicles 16: 11) 

As we approach 2013 let us think about the meaning of this biblical verse for us and our families. Whether it is the heights of joy or the lows of despair, whether we are on the blissful mountain-top like Jesus’ and his disciples, or in the valley of life challenges, we have to remember the eternally sustaining presence of God in our lives.

However, it does not happen automatically. The realization of God’s presence happens only when we actively and consciously seek Him and seek His presence in a sustained manner. We can do it through various means, such as worship, reading, reflecting, listening and even in silence. But an active pursuit of God is a fundamental aspect. The end result is a strength that goes beyond human wisdom and understanding about hard and challenging realities around us.

May God help each one of us to seek the Lord and His strength, and seek His presence continually this coming year and in the future. May God grant you a blessed, happy and meaning filled 2013.

Wishing all the best and God’s abundant grace,

Yours in Christ,

George Oommenachen

December 18th 2012