February 2020 Letter
In reading the bible, we need to extract God’s reassuring promises to us, to constantly remember them to give us comfort in the midst of the hardships and troubles that we often face. Let us review examples of some of these promises of our condolences, which although were given to a specific person in the Bible, yet are a share for every person who believes and sticks to them and asks them from God with faith:
- Promises of forgiveness even if our sins are many, as was said to God’s people by Isaiah the prophet: “Come now, and let us reason together, Says the Lord, Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool ” (Isa 1: 18).
- Promises of blessings as He blessed Abraham: “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen 12: 2-3).
- And as He said to Eli the priest: “for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed” (1Sam 2: 30).
- Promises for protection as He blessed Jacob when he escaped his brother Esau: “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you” (Gen 28: 15).
- In Book of Psalms we read: “The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore” (Psa 121: 7-8).
- In Zachariah, God promises: “for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye” (Zech 2: 8).
- Promises that He will be with us and not abandon us, as He promised Joshua after Moses’ death when he took over the leadership of the people: “as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage” (Jos 1: 5-6).
- And as He promised St. Paul in Corinth: “Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city” (Act 18: 9-10).
- Promises to be with us in the midst of our tribulations: “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me” (Psa 50: 15).
- Even if He allows us to suffer pain, as He says to the angel of the church of Smyrna: “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer” (Rev 2: 10).
- Promises to change every evil to the best of His children: “Nevertheless the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you” (Deut 23: 5).
- Promises to give us victory over spiritual enemies, even if we feel weak because we are a minority: “For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few” (1Sam 14: 6).
- “Thus says the Lord to you: `Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2Chr 20: 15).
The blessing of St. Mary and St. Mercurius and all the martyrs and saints be with us all.
Belleville, February 1, 2020