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Diaconate Notes (February 2010)

posted Dec 18, 2014, 1:15 PM by Henry McTague

We begin the New Year with feelings of hope and joy that is renewed around the annual celebration of Christmas. The Magi have returned to their homes and we now move towards the reflective days of Lent. It is a season where we can study Christ’s life. We can hear his message of love and through his example, gain the promise of redemption. The Magi followed the star and we need only follow The Word.

Hope and joy of the season is further increased by every added minute of daylight.  That increase magnifies the anticipation of renewal and fulfillment. As I write this, I am witnessing the splendor of a winter snowfall, as it gently transforms the Creators landscape. It is difficult, in times like these, to reconcile the seasons promise with the honorific images of suffering and devastation that has been thrust upon the people of Haiti.

What can we personally do to help relieve the suffering? Prayer and monetary donations seem insufficient when weighed against the sheer mass of desperation and near hopelessness that any cataclysmic event will generate. However, together as individual members of this church family and the united effort of the greater Christian community, our acts of prayer and donations will provide a powerful message of solidarity and instill a sense of hope to the people of Haiti, as well those who are on the ground responding to the devastation wrought by the earthquake.

Paul wrote of effects of united prayer in his second letter to the church at Corinth (Chapter 1, 10th -11th verse). “On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”

Please consider carefully how you can best provide assistance for our brothers and sisters and those who assist them. The blessings it will provide are almost incalculable.

Yours in Christ,
For the Diaconate
Bill Trotter, Co-chair