15 July 2018

Dear church family

The recent Thailand Tham Luang cave rescue of the 12 boys and their football coach had captured the attention of the world. There was great relief when they were found after being lost for 10 days. There was even greater joy when they were successfully rescued by a team of courageous divers with significant help from hundreds of support workers and concerned citizens. We thank God for his mercy for this dramatic rescue. I would like to share three reflection responses in my heart and mind.

Firstly, I asked myself how I would have felt or responded if my son had been among those boys who were initially lost and fully trapped. At those painful moments, nothing else about my son (such as his studies, grades, health, future, etc) would matter anymore to me, if only I may see him again, give him a good hug and have the joy of loving him and watching him grow up. We need to treasure our family and love them unconditionally.

Secondly, I find myself praying for the boys’ salvation in Jesus Christ, hoping that there would be a Christian amongst the boys who would share the good news of Jesus Christ at such a critical time when they were facing a situation of “life and death” when trapped so deep in the cave system. We need to be urgent in our evangelism and be committed in missions.

Thirdly, I admired and respected the deep courage and selfless sacrifice of the team of divers. They took great risks and experienced difficult struggles to rescue a group of people whom they do not know personally. Two thousand over years ago, Jesus Christ told his disciples, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Thereafter, Jesus walked the way of the cross and sacrificed his life as a ransom for many. Praise be to God for such a great spiritual rescue.

 

Maranatha

Pastor John