Please uphold India in your prayers as the terror attacks continue across the country. We will be there in 10 days time for Christmas/New Year and pray that we may be able to help in some small way.
I keep coming back to 2 Corinthians 5 as we lead into Christmas and these attacks further my understanding of the verses:
17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
18Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
God wanted to restore his relationship with us so much that he dreamt up a way to do it through sending Jesus. Then he gave us the privilege of carrying his dream to the nations.
There’s only one God over many
There’s only one King, Lord of all
Your mercy and your grace
We cry out for this land,…. we stand
And declare that you are God
The time has come for India
To rise and shine before all men
One nation bowing down
And worshiping the King
A chosen generation
Who call upon your name
Calling holy, holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy is the Lord
Waqt aa gayaa hai bharat ka
Uthne ka, badne ka, kuch kar dikhaane ka
Hai ek aasmaan
Waada hai nayi peedi kaa,
Eeshwar ke naam
Saare milke, bolo, bolo, eeshwar se
Sabse pavitra uska naam.
(copyright 2005 Akshay Verma & James Byles)