Now we have reached the end of 2003. It is a time
to express our thanks to God for the great things
he has done this past year.
Many people ask us "How can I praise God in my
present bad situation? He gives our friends everything
they pray for-while He does not answer us?" To them
"If we are not thankful, we are bitter and angry
with God. If we are not content with God, we become
rebellious and complaining which are serious sins
Underlying these complaints and questions lie two
errors in our thinking: that God is not trustworthy
and he doesn�t desire good. When we compare these
conclusions with Bible, we discover how wrong we
are! Bible teaches that God is hoveringly in control,
providing for and working out all the circumstances
in the lives of those who live him and whom he has
called (Romans 8:28, 1Cor 10:13,Phili 4:6-7) He is
intimately involved with us; he works out his purposes
through the events in our lives so that we may be
conformed to the image of His Son. We have further
reason to praise him. The same God who formed the
world in six days knows even the hairs on our heads.
The same God who chose a people for himself before
we were born, sent his Son to die on the cross to
redeem us from our sins. God�s love for us is not
determined by circumstances in our lives. His love
is steadfast. Our career or finances might fluctuate
or totally break apart. In spite of that we can and
we must give Him thanks for his love towards us. We
must serve him with unhesitating hearts.
These days I spend an hour a day thanking God for
the following blessings given to our family in 2003.
Telling testimonies about God brings fellowship, and
fellowship brings joy. I write this for the benefit
of all readers especially the youngsters.
For God�s love, mercy, and kindness which sustained
our life on earth. He supplied our Physical, Spiritual,
and financial needs (Phil 4:19,20)
For His great faithfulness, even though we were
faithless sometimes (2 Tim 2:13)
For protecting us from enemies. He has been our
refuge (Psalm: 9:9)
For preventing us from killing our enemies due
to our anger. (1Samuel 25:33,34)
He made His strength available to us in our suffering
times which He turned into growing time
For giving us good congregation, friends, church,
church fathers, parents, children
He forgave our sins, healed our diseases, redeemed
us from death, crowned us with love and compassion,
satisfied our desires, and gave righteousness and
justice (Ps 103: 1-5)
So far he helped (1Samuel 7:12).
He owned us in our trouble. He was with us by the
influence of his Holy Spirit both on minds giving
comforts and on the minds of those concerned with,
giving us favor in their eyes.
God gave us satisfaction in Jesus
God raised us out of nothing to abundance.
St. Kuriakose Orthodox Church, Puramattom