Dearly Beloved in Christ Jesus,

Greetings to you all in the name of the Triune God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Let us thank God for all His blessings and care which we experienced during the vacation and
summer season. After the vacation the new academic year will begin on this month. With
new hope and dreams our generations stepping to schools and colleges. Really what is education? Is
it gathering some information? It is knowing oneself and knowing others. Therefore, it is a
spiritual activity. The word education is coming out from Latin term educere, meaning “to draw forth”. To find out livelihood is not the aim of education rather education must focus on how to live. To live we need divine wisdom.
Jesus is our best teacher. As our children are entering to new academic year let us pray to the Almighty for the divine wisdom. Let us celebrate Labor Day. Work is worship and being the part with God as co-creators. When Abraham Lincoln became the president of America, his father was a shoemaker. And, naturally, egoistic people were very much offended that a shoemaker’s son should become the president. On the first day, as Abraham Lincoln entered to give his inaugural address as President, just in
the middle, one man stood up. He was a very rich aristocrat. He said, “Mr. Lincoln, you should not forget that your father used to make shoes for my family.” And the whole Senate laughed; they thought that they had made a fool of Abraham Lincoln. But Lincoln looked at the man and said, “Sir, I know that
my father used to make shoes in your house for your family, and there will be many others here… because the way he made shoes, nobody else can. He was a creator. His shoes were not just shoes, he poured his whole soul in it. I want to ask you, have you any complaint? Because I know how to make shoes
myself; if you have any complaint I can make another pair of shoes. But as far as I know, nobody has ever complained about my father’s shoes. He was a genius, a creator, and I am proud of my father!” It does not matter what you do. What matters is how you do it – of your own accord, with your own vision,
with your own love.
This year Sevika Sanghom celebrates its centenary. Let us remember the women folks of Mar Thoma Church. The first gospel preachers were women. There were women companions to Jesus’ ministry and early church consisted of large number of women as missionaries. In every sphere of the society the role of women cannot be ignored. Let us praise God for our mothers, sisters and wife and hope for the equal opportunities in all arena of the world. Once again, we are moving through the painful memories of 9/11. Let us pray to the Lord to protect all world from such an inhuman activity and keep us
away from all kind of hatred. May the love of God ponder over the world.

May God Bless all of us with His abundant mercies to become fruitful in our life.
Rev. Mathew Varghese