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Vicar's Message - COGSLK - Church of the Good Shepherd, Thimbirigasyaya, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka

Vicar's Message! - September 2017

FROM THE DESK OF REV SURESH DIAS BANDARANAIKE

My dear friends,

The other day, my wife and I were reflecting on the 14th chapter of the book of the Prophet Jeremiah, for our morning devotions. Verses 1-9 speak of the great drought they were experiencing at the time. The Lord was speaking to Jeremiah regarding Judah, and was saying to him: "The nobles send their servants for water but they find no water. They return with their jars unfilled. The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land. The people cry and say, 'Although our sins testify against us, O Lord, do something for the sake of your name, for we have sinned against you.'"


"The nobles send their servants for water but they find no water. They return with their jars unfilled. The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land. The people cry and say, 'Although our sins testify against us, O Lord, do something for the sake of your name, for we have sinned against you.'"


I believe this same message speaks to us in our day; for we, too, are responsible for such a drought, because we have been doing things that we ought not to have done—such as clearing jungles and forests, and causing environmental damage and destruction that are adding to the cause of this drought. Our mountains and the surrounding terrain are being destroyed by people for illegal activities, and even the air we breathe is being polluted through carbon emissions. Hence, all of us, in some way or another, are responsible for what we are experiencing now.

My dear people of God, let us collectively seek God’s pardon for our negligence. We need to take a critical look and take responsibility for not having taken care of God’s creation and the Earth entrusted to us, and pray God would have mercy on us and send us the rain we long for, in His good time.

May we listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and repent of our sins, and be transformed from darkness to light and truth.

Your pastor and friend
Fr. Suresh


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