In this atmosphere, how do we wish others “Happy and Prosperous New Year?” It is a riddle for many. Finding answers and logistics at this point will not lead us anywhere. What we need is determination and action. We must hold on to the right conviction that “God is still in charge”. The creator has a plan for everything. Laws of nature have natural consequences but God has supernatural way of deliverance because He is above natural laws. Indeed God created the nature and its laws. Humans should not waver when natural laws attack them. Human’s trust in the creator should increase in order to escape from the suffering that erupts from the nature. Earthquakes, volcano eruptions, hurricanes etc. are not within the limit of human control. Humans will perish in the fury of nature. But they are safe in the hands of their creator. Only those who have the faith to see the invisible plans of God will understand this. All others will write off it as an “uncontrollable” situation.
In all these adversities, humans must understand their limitations and powerlessness and subdue to the power of the Almighty. Death is not the end of everything and loss of material wealth is not a terrifying factor as we Christians believe. We are responsible for destruction caused by our own hands. Wars, hatred, political enmity, religious intolerance, sexual promiscuity, denominational arrogance, financial pride, personal vengeance, intellectual depravity, and so on are some of the human-made destructive forces with which people are killing each other. How will we answer to the Creator on these scores? We must find answers to these before we find answers to natural calamities. God will take care of problems that are within His areas. We must solve the problems that we create in our society. Also we must know what our responsibilities are at this juncture when our own kith and kin are suffering in another part of the world. Our duty is to sacrifice our own well-being to help them.
While praying for all those who perished and are suffering from this sad occurrence I am reminding myself of the bounden duty to open our hearts and pockets to help the needy. This is what God is asking us to do. When we fulfill our duties we will have a Happy and Prosperous New Year. And those who receive our help will also have a Happy New Year.
Wish you all a Blessed New Year!
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