My colleague and I parked our car just outside the village and walked to the Romanian Orthodox Church to meet the Priest. These were the days in the ’80’s when the communists were holding power and soon to lose it. This Priest was a member of the Army of the Lord, an evangelical movement within the Orthodox Church.
This movement was started by a converted Priest, Traian Dorz, who stayed within the Orthodox fold to evangelize and disciple. He was a powerful figure in those days and continually repressed by the secret police apparatus. He suffered greatly at their hands, yet maintained a wonderful testimony of faith to the end.
As we finish 2015 and look forward to 2016, not knowing what lies ahead, I want to pass on a translated poem he wrote. Hopefully this will encourage you as we leave one year behind to head into another, under the banner of Jesus!
“I won’t forget, oh Jesus, not for one day,
From what great trials you rescued me
I won’t forget your endless love,
Your goodness and wonderful care,
That from blindness you led me to the light.
I won’t forget when from great pain,
when I cried to you not to leave me alone
I won’t forget how you answered me with mercy,
how in the long and dark night
You filled my sky with light.
And I pray that You would give me one more spring,
with cloudless skies, with no more pain and tears.
I pray you’ll let me voice, my thanks in songs of joy
And be a witness to those who suffer,
So they may put their trust in You.“
HAPPY NEW YEAR! And may it be a POWERFUL one for you!