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Mid-week Encouragement (June 24): Snack for the Soul 心のオヤツ

Rejoice always,
Pray without ceasing,
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1Thessalonians 5:16-18)

     About a decade ago, I had the very rare opportunity to talk with a person who worked with Dr. Tetsu Nakamura at Peshawar-kai, an international NGO in Afghanistan. He shared with me the beauty of helping communities find their own source of water by digging deep into the ground.  Afghanistan had been hit by severe droughts and many people had been displaced. People were not able to secure clean water to the extent that 1 out of 6 kids under 5 years of age were dying. 
     Dr. Nakamura’s team were working with the local people, digging well after well by boring a relatively small hole all the way to the water level. When a water source was found, the community could live off that well for many years to come, and so, little by little, this project turned wasteland into farming areas. 
     As I thought about this example and my Christian life, this encounter was a good reminder. Our well for our daily life is Christ himself, and this source is never exhausted. Our circumstances may look dry like a field that is incapable of producing anything, yet when we dig and reach for our source, Jesus Christ, we will be amazed by how far he can take us.
     Many Christians in the early church understood this. They were constantly living with the possibility of being persecuted, and you would think this would suffocate their faith, but, strangely enough, ‘joy’ is one of the things mentioned often in the New Testament. Christ is the source of life, and not just any life, but a life of joy.
     As we go about our lives this week, let us take an extra moment to remember that we have Jesus, our source of joy. We can rejoice always if we are rooted in the source of joy. It is very natural to talk to Jesus in prayer if we have that ongoing relationship with him. When Christ permeates in our lives, we come to realize that God’s grace is flowing abundantly toward us regardless of where we are or what our circumstances are.
     Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

     May God bless you,
     Esther (Pastoral Team)



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