A Pastoral Message from Bishop Lull
I am writing from Tanzania with sadness and deep resolve, following the verdict in the Jeronimo Yanez tri[...]
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
May our Lord of peace and mercy be with all of you always.
After your election, we want to express our solidarity with all of you, now that you are facing moments of grief, uncertainty, division, discrimination, abuse, and pain. Please know that you have brothers and sisters who are praying for you, and your entire country.
We know we can feel fear, discouragement, confusion; sometimes we can’t understand how people, instead of loving each other, are doing the opposite. Some time we lose perspective.
One thing we can be sure of, and this is that God is present, God is in control, and we can ask God for wisdom to know what to do, to know what is our call now, to understand His plans, and to be willing to listen, accept, respond, and act.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
We encourage you, that no matter what party you were voting for, we need to remember that God has commanded us to love one another, even the ones we disagree with, either way.
As you know, we, as you, have gone through so many challenges ourselves, in our country and church; our politics, our society, discrimination, poverty, natural disasters, etc. We just need to remain in our faith.
You are always in our prayers, you are always in our thoughts and hearts. We have rejoiced together and we have suffered together; and as we have felt your support in difficult times, we want you to feel our support now.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Our hope is that you will keep looking for justice, peace, and equality. And that you won't give up.
1 Timothy 6:11
"But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.”
Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala