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Family Day Message

Family is the first institution that God established on the earth. God blesses family life. The marriage at Cana is the best example of this blessing. Christ attended in it and blessed that occasion. What is a home? Home is a Sanctuary for God. God commands us to build a home for Him to live in. A Home where there is Peace. A Home is where Husband and Wife are Contrite and Broken. A Home is where husband and Wife is Holy. God is the centre of all life. We are ec-centric (out of centre) in so far as we deny that, or fail to live by its implications. Let us say like Joshua, “… for me and my household we will serve the Lord.” Let us pray like this, Heal our wounds; our strength renew; on our dryness pour thy dew; wash the stains of guilt away; bend the stubborn heart and will; melt the frozen, warm the chill; guide the steps that go astray.

Dearly beloved in Christ,

We have entered into the last quarter of 2013. Also we are reaching to the end of the year and at the threshold of a new year. Let us give thanks to the Lord for all the blessings that He has been showering up on us throughout this year. It is a time to a new obedience and a new style of living. God is not a God of the heart and spirit alone, but of the whole person. God renews life in its totality and God is interested in the wellbeing of the total person. All that he wants from our side is a new commitment, a new obedience and a new attitude to all. Always the Bible exhorts us for a newness in our life. Be a New creation in Christ is the greatest demand of the Bible.

October 25th is our Family Day. Family is the greatest and first institution that God established on the earth. God blesses family life. The marriage at Cana is the best example of this blessing. Christ attended in that wedding feast and blessed that occasion. Home is a Sanctuary for God. God commands us to build a home for Him to Live in. A Home where there is Peace. A Home is where Husband and Wife are Contrite and Broken. A Home is where husband and Wife is Holy. God has no grandchildren, but only children who believe in him. The faith and prayers of a grandparents or parents is a powerful means for them to come to God. Let us submit our families before God and say like Joshua, “… for me and my household we will serve the Lord.” When we celebrate this year’s family day, let us take two decisions. 1. A new day in my home will start and end with the Family prayer. 2. In my family, there won’t have a place of evil and destruction.

In December, we do celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The most important aspect of the Christmas story is God’s giving of Himself in Jesus Christ. Christmas marks the mood of celebrations and rejoicing. But Jesus experienced rejection from his birth. There was no room in the inn when he was born. He experienced rejection and exile when he has to flee to Egypt to escape death from Herod. He experienced rejection by his own people. Jesus comes to us the “great unknown” in the form of the hungry, thirsty, orphan, the sick person or prisoner. The question is whether we can discern his presence. Does he have space in our scheme of things or in our lives? The meaning of Christmas comes home to us in its real sense when we recognize the need of other human beings because God’s gift in Jesus Christ was in human form. Christmas does not mean that everything will be rosy and comfortable. The other side of the manger scene is the scene of crucifixion.

Wishing you all a happy Christmas and a blessed New Year,

With love and prayer

Shibu Achen.