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    My Christmas prayer for you:
    12 December 2016



    As Van Gogh made two paintings of the sunflower, Elisabeth Eybers, a renowned Afrikaans poet, also wrote two poems on sunflowers.

    Specifically these poems were an inspiration to me for Christmas 2016.

    I find that most people currently live in a dark season prior to Christmas. The second poem of Elisabeth Eybers refers to the evening twilight, (and) the stifle plant that consumes each fragile plant. So it also was on the first Christmas.

    The prophet Isaiah predicted: The people that live in darkness saw a great light.

    It is also true for Christmas 2016.

    Jesus has entered our darkness. He was God's self-sown sunflower who was, in spite of the darkness, equipped with absolute yellow. Face to face He gazed at God' sun, on our behalf, one-day lilies in the desert. And although he was vulnerably delivered on that dark Friday (like many of NG Welfare's clients you helped this year), He was God's sunflower from Bethlehem.

    On the Third day he sprouted and turned to the sun like a flower – And started flowering on our behalf where He is planted.

    We believe you flowered where you were planted this past year. May this Christmas also inspire you to keep on flowering in 2017. Yes, we may afresh turn our flowers to God's sun, we the self-sown sunflowers of Africa.

    Come let us sow ourselves anew in God’s Welfare garden. Come let us again sow our talents and our thanks – although it is with tears – in God’s harvesting field.

    See in your mind how we once again can turn our sunflower heads to God's sun.

    Because some day we will be able to reap the harvest.

    We trust that you will sow in the NG Welfare garden again in the future.

    Once again, many, many thanks for being our partner who brings hope and touch lives.

    My Christmas prayer for you:

    As a flower turns its head to the sun;
    As rivers flow to the sea;
    As a tree reaches to heaven;
    As a mountain is a refuge with God;
    As sheep follow their shepherd -
    So we lift our hearts to the Lord.
    Lift your heart up high:
    To the risen Christ!


    Blessings
    Rev Nico van Rensburg
    Managing Director

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