Reflections

Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
  • Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

                 Eternal Peace in Jesus Christ

                                  Micah 4:1-7   

                          Roshan Abraham Thomas

                               St. Thomas MTC, NY


    “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”

    Today’s portion talks about the everlasting peace that will prevail during the millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ. Many nations are trying relentlessly to ensure world peace, but it is a fact that ultimate peace can only be established at the second coming of Jesus Christ when He will come to destroy Satan and reign over the whole world. So how do we attain true peace in our personal life?

    We all have inner void and restlessness which we try to quench by running after human desires of this world and we hope that it will ultimately provide us peace. However, our efforts are in vain and we are striving in the wrong direction. First, we need to understand the real cause of our inner distress, and then where to find real peace and how to attain it in our life.

    In the story of the prodigal son, we see that the younger son leaves his father and goes to a distant place to find pleasure in life. But it didn’t go well and he finds himself in utter distress and trouble. Same is true in our case also. The real cause of pain is our sinful nature which separated us from the loving Almighty God. How do we attain real peace? Only through Jesus Christ – Prince of peace, the source of true joy. In Romans chapter 5 Paul says, “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. We cannot have peace with ourselves or others without having peace with God. We must believe in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins to make us acceptable in the presence of God.

    Sometimes we think that dissolute lifestyle of this world will provide us the peace we are longing for, but that will be a false peace. For a moment it may help us to forget our circumstances, but will never provide the lasting peace in life. There is only one way to accomplish real peace in our life, which is by the shed blood of Jesus Christ; confessing our sins and accepting that Jesus Christ died for us on the cross and rose again on the third day. Through His death and resurrection, the barrier of separation is destroyed and we are provided a living hope. 

                               PRAYER

    Father, help us to turn away from futile desires of this world and live in harmony with You. Amen.

                   THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

    “For the Christian, peace is not simply absence of conflict, or any other artificial state the world has to offer. Rather it is the deep, abiding peace only Jesus Christ brings to the heart.” Billy Graham.

  • Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

              Jesus Christ the Way, Truth and Life

                                    1 John 1-10

                                     Beena John

                               St. James MTC, NY


     "This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true"

    John chooses this word 'light' because it promises the truth of God as a truth full of joy and hope. It means that if we draw near to God, we will not find a dark and forbidding truth. We find freedom, hope and Joy. We can see this if we reflect for a moment on the value of light. In other words, God is light means the God is the source and measure of all that is true. He is the source of all that is true and whatever is true is true because it conforms to Him. The main value of light is it helps us reach our destination. Darkness is full of threat and it frustrates our ability to attain our goal. But light changes all of that. It exposes dangers and frees us from the lurking power of evil. It opens the way to our goals. Through God, darkness is exposed and we are made safe from all the dangers. Our goal of ultimate and eternal joy is secured in God because there is no darkness in God. That is, there are no lurking shadows in God.

        As a Christian, our job is to enable others to discern the presence of God, and to enable them to live their lives in God's light. We must know what is light, and John has already told us by turning our eyes upon Jesus. When we look at Him, we see the anonymous carpenter in Nazareth and Capernaum, the wedding guest in Cana, the protector of fallen women, the benefactor of hungry thousands, the friend of fishermen, the disrupter of funerals, the risen crucified one, the one who is the Word is life. Indeed the resurrection of the crucified one tells us that He is the logos from whom all things come.

    We must continue to pray, as our Lord taught us to do, that God's will be done on earth as in heaven. We must differentiate the divine will from our will. We must align our agendas and actions with the divine will because God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

                                   PRAYER

    God, our Father, hear our prayer and let the radiance of Your love scatter the gloom out of our hearts. Let the light of heaven's love restore us to life and free us from the desires that belong to darkness. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, AMEN.

                    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

    “The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” - Psalm 27:1

  • Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

              Jesus Christ the Way, Truth, and Life

                               Psalm 116:1-11 

                            Mrs. Bindu L. Abraham

                                 St. James MTC, NY

    Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. The Lord protects the simple;

    In our everyday life, we go through many turmoils. Some of them we usually can handle but there are others where it seems life is impossible. Those times we lose our hope, our trust and sometimes our faith.

    One night a man had a dream. He was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed the scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to him, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned Lord about it. “Lord, you said once that I have decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you the most you would leave me.” The Lord replied,” My precious, precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”~ The original Poem "Footprints in the sand" was written by Mary Stevenson in 1939.

    When life seems nothing is going right, do not give up hope. Lift your eyes upon to the Lord and He will save you. 

    PRAYER

    Dear Heavenly Father, please help us to remember that You will always be there for us, walking by our side. When we face obstacles or turmoil, let us not be anxious or worried for we know that You will be guiding us . We ask in Your precious name, AMEN.

    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

    “ Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to GOD.” ~Philippians 4:6