This morning I want to thank God for His saving grace and His love for us. It is that love and knowing that God is ever near us that we are encouraged to go on. My brothers and sisters in the Lord and in the power of His might this is your day to say thanks to Him.
Life in a broken world means all of us experience loneliness and isolation in various ways. While it is excruciating to be left alone, a startling question we don’t always get to ask ourselves is: what if we only had ourselves and our own thoughts and feelings to talk to? Where would we be?
Mercifully, the Lord never intended for us to be alone, especially the deepest place: our souls. As Jesus was preparing to leave the disciples in the cross, death, then resurrection and ascension, He reassured them that His spiritual presence would be with them forever.
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. — John 14:16-18
Mining the treasures of the indwelling Holy Spirit of the resurrected Christ is ours for this lifetime and the next. Though this may sound crazy, I’ve come to realize I was actually fortunate to have been restricted in such a way that the only true, two-way conversation I could have in the darkest season of my life was with the Lord. And believe me, I’ve never been at a loss for words, but He out-chatted me! Listen to what Christ goes on to promise us in His indwelling:
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.— John 14:26
I had moments in the hospital when I believed my survival from my chest pains was a mistake. My blood pressure was high and my heart rate was racing. I thought about my daughter and my grandson, the church and my loved ones. I could have died. But it was as if the Lord said, “I am not leaving you alone, Godfrey. I am here…. Because I live, you also will live….” The Lord tells us in John 14:16, that He corrects our lies and fears with the truth. The truth is my survival was not a mistake. The Lord gave me hope that He indeed meant for me to live on this earth now with great purpose, but my greatest life is yet to come, when I am, one day, resurrected face to face with Him in a body fully restored. I will be able to sing
Face to face with Christ, my Savior,
Face to face—what will it be,
When with rapture I behold Him,
Jesus Christ Who died for me?
Face to face I shall behold Him,
Far beyond the starry sky;
Face to face in all His glory,
I shall see Him by and by!
This ministry called The Mystical Order is a hospital where sick people can come and not be judged for their sins. We are to bring Christ’s hope to those with broken hearts and broken minds, those who feel alone in a world moving on without them. Those that are neglected and are depressed, living without any hope. As ministers we are to serve these people and lead them in the paths of truth and safety. You have to trust God so they will trust you to lead them aright. We are not to judge them, but to encourage, build and uplift them in the knowledge and grace of God. Ministers are to feed the flock and never to run or cause them to scatter from the fold. Jeremiah warns us how to nurture the flock and puts a penalty if, we ever cause the flock to be scattered. So today I warn you just like the prophet of old. Feed the lambs and sheep of the Living God with the Word of God in its fullness.God will require their blood at your hands. Be careful of the seeds you sow. God will bring all into judgement.
Christ has promised that despite how deeply alone we might feel in our bodies, those who seek Him are anything but alone in our souls. With His Spirit in us, we live and move and have our being. That is our healing and that is our hope. We are The Mystical Order saying with Christ in our vessels we can smile at the storms.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
Administrator and Apostolic Head
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