Pastor's corner | Published 2020/08/08

My Dear Co-wanderers

By Roman Chalupka

My Dear Co-wanderers,

I hope, I am not exaggerating. Firstly, all of us are wandering, secondly, we can do it together, and thirdly, we are wandering to the same destination, isn’t it so? Let’s have a look at the details.

Our life is a journey. Sometimes we go astray, but it is a journey into the future that was promised by our Lord Jesus. We know the promises so well, so I won’t repeat them — we are going towards eternity, and what we feel well, with a growing pace. We got the opportunity to do it together and we are called to do it so. Together is much easier, nicer and gives us more confidence. Maybe not all of us feel it so, but believe me, together is better. We may support each other, help each other and encourage each other when our strength sags.

But the best thing is that this „co-” or „togetherness” is not only about ourselves. I think now about our Lord, who guaranteed He will be with us. Let me remind you the words of the prophet Isaiah 51:12-13,15 (NIV):

“I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mere mortals, human beings who are but grass, that you forget the Lord your Maker, who stretches out the heavens and who lays the foundations of the earth, (…) For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar — the Lord Almighty is his name.”   

I cite these words to comfort and refresh you. Some of us know well what it means to feel uncertainty, intimidation, or even a curfew. We learnt it in Poland in 1981. Now it is not the same, but I have noticed that some kind of uncertainty is characterises some of us. We are scared of being sick or attacked by a virus or do not know what we may or may not do. So lift your heads up! The Lord is with us, and as apostle Paul wrote — “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

In the same chapter apostle Paul adds the words (and they are great words I have loved for so many years): “… we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (8:37) And if we are more than conquerors, let me share some simple advice.

— Since early morning be in touch with the Lord in prayer, asking Him to guide you and equip you
     with wisdom through the Holy Spirit.

— In prayer think not only about yourself but also about our neighbours. Sister Sophie Patryarcha
     needs your special support. She is in the hospital in ICU and suffers much.
— Think of someone you can support today. Call this person, tell them something special and nice.

— Remember about covering your face, washing your hands and leaving home only in the
     necessary matters, who knows, maybe just to tell somebody that your hope is in Jesus and
     who is Jesus for you.

— Use your time to study His Word and reading the valuable literature, so useful for your salvation.

— In the evening praise the Lord for another victorious and good day.

It will be a good wandering. I know it as I experience it everyday. Therefore I wish you this. And if you need any help and support, let me know by phone. You know my number. And in the end I want to remind you of one great sentence from the last sermon from pastor Jan Pollok. „Think what church we would have if everyone would be like you.” Comforting, but also threatening, isn’t it?

May the Lord be with you each moment.

pastor Roman