I salute you brothers and sisters in Christ. We thank the Lord for carrying us this far in January.
On 1st January 2017, Rt. Rev. Dr. H. Mutebi launched our new year’s theme, when he started us on a high note. He spoke passionately about the family, highlighting its central place in building the nation. I did follow with a teaching on the marriage covenant, and am sure many of must have since revisited our marriage vows, and other vows we ever made to the Lord. I noted that covenants were divine in character, and were for life, and were not to be altered with a shift in the circumstances.
Mr. Stephen Langa, who spoke on establishing a godly family, clarified that a family is a unique institution that God created and ordained; unfortunately, it had come under attack today, by the forces of evil. He cautioned that if we don’t get the foundations right then the generations to come will be greatly negatively affected as a result. He challenged the church and nation to take off time and do some soul searching and get the foundations corrected. Last Sunday, Pastor Laban Jumba, explained how we can achieve oneness in the family, highlighting the role of prayer and effective communication in realizing unity within the family.
If you identify with my experience, then these teachings have really blessed us, but also challenged us, exposing some of the gaps within our families that need fixing. I am sure that as a result of these teachings someone is crying out quietly in their spirit, LORD do something new in my family, for am tired of the status quo! The good news is, God indeed promises to do something new in this season of your life (Isaiah 43:19a). He promises to make a road in the wasteland and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:19c).
You have possibly struggled with a wilderness experience in your marriage or family, perhaps not just for months, but years. Be encouraged to know that the LORD can enable you begin all over again, for He is able to do so! He says, “…Behold I make all things new…” (Rev. 21:5). If things are not going right, rather than planning to end your marriage, cry out to the LORD to do something new, after all He is only a prayer away from you! Or it might even be that difficult child; don’t ever underestimate the power of persistent prayer to change circumstances. Stay blessed as you ponder these things, and please allow the Holy Spirit to minister at that spot where it hurts most.
The Very Rev. Canon Michael Mukhwana