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Dear parishioners,

Blessings and peace to you and your families.

I thought you may take some encouragement from these words; For we all need to be encouraged to stay afloat in the sea of life. But, where can we draw any meaningful encouragement from? Well, it’s the solid, unadulterated God’s Word.

Things will happen in life, if they are not happening already, where we may find ourselves wondering, “I just don’t get this. Everything has been falling in place just fine until now. I don’t get this at all.” We might even question, if we haven’t done so already, “God, why?”

It’s okay to ask God why. But we don’t have to expect him to answer. Sometimes, the reason is that he doesn’t have to proffer any answers. But, for the most part, it’s simply because we won’t get it even if God explains the situation to us. He sees more than we see, he knows more than we know.

Remember your efforts in elucidating an easy-to- grasp concept to your three or four or five-year-old child or grandchild, and they never get it. They never get it because they are kids, their intellectual conceptions have not matured enough. Similarly, we also could be infants before God when life challenges arise, and we are seeking to understand. We may not get it! God can expound on something to us, and we go like, “Uh, I don’t agree with that. I think it’s not in my best interest, or its’s not what I think it should be.”

So God says, “I’m not even going to bother illustrating anything to you. I am with you. That is My answer. I am with you, and I will get you through it. Just trust me. And in time, you will look back and will see things working together for good. Ultimately, on the other side, you will get the big picture. But until then, you will have to just trust Me.”

We all get overwhelmed sometimes when circumstances we have to deal with stress us out. Maybe you’ve even had a terrible mishap of some sort — a tragedy, an unexpected announcement about your health. You’re wondering, “I don’t know how to handle this. I don’t know what to do.” I don’t know what is going to happen sooner or later.” Here is the key: trust in God; find your peace in him.

Do you have faith in God? Do you have trust in him? Say with David, “In you Lord, I have found my peace,” (Psalm 131: 1), and believe it for what it is. Learn to say and believe it, “Lord, not my will, but yours be done.” And then, live in love, grow in faith, be a blessing.