Oct 1, 2012

For the peace of the whole world...

... for the well-being of the church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

 All activities at our preschool have been suspended until the Tuesday following the national presidential election on October 7. Please pray for us and for the entire nation of Venezuela, that this week may pass without further incident and that the elections may be conducted in a peaceful manner.

Two supporters of the opposition candidate, Henrique Capriles Radonski, were shot to death here in Barinas on Saturday, September 29, 2012, in a confrontation with supporters of President Hugo Chavez, who is seeking reelection. According to the New York Times, the two deaths were the first to be attributed to campaign violence in this election, but there have been injuries in other confrontations involving shootings and rock throwing.

Our reading of Psalm 2 this past Sunday proved very appropriate to the situation here in Venezuela and perhaps to the upcoming election in the United States as well. No matter what happens, ultimately it is God's will that will be done, those who set themselves in opposition to His will will be judged, and it is truly Christ who is sovereign over all the earth and He who will judge the living and the dead. Blessed will be those who walk in the way of the just and let God be God.

 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”
He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”
 I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
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