Today we come together with hearts full of gratitude to God for giving us life.
The past years since 2020 have been very difficult for every family. Each one of us can testify that there is a day when you got scared that you are going to die.
God in His mercy has lifted all of us and given us a second chance to live for Him again. Friends we owe the Lord our hearts of gratitude. Some of us have had a wonderful time and we are not concerned about what others have been through. May all the challenges, tribulations, grief, losses of different kinds trigger us to turn to the Lord in total surrender.
Just as Israel had gone through tribulations of pain, grief, suffering and terrible challenges that one could not number. Today we can recount the challenges and setbacks we have had because of Covid 19 and other ailments. The last few months have been times of mourning due to illnesses and accidents. Many lives have been consumed and our hearts and terribly grieved. God told the children of Israel that He wants to restore them not because they are good but for his names sake. Despite the trying times, sin has also gone higher than ever before and God is reminding us that His name has been profaned among the nations. Believers have not loved God with all their hearts. There is a lot of hypocricy, lies and jealousy going. The thieves are stealing daily and increasingly greed, selfishness and mockery of God’s word is going higher. We need to slow down and seek God genuinely at the beginning of the year.
For complete deliverance to happen men and women need to turn back to God with all our hearts, seek the Lord while he may be found, allow God to give us a new heart and new spirit. We need to confront evil in the power of the Spirit and recapture our position in God’s vine yard if we want to live and serve God in the New year. Let us meditate on Ezekiel 36:23. “I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.”It is not about us but the Lord. We have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but in His mercy He is calling us to return to Him.
I wish you all a blessed New Year.
The Very Rev. Canon Dr. Rebecca Nyegenye,
Provost, All Saints’ Cathedral, Kampala.