“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Matt 11:28-30
We hear this in scripture and we think to ourselves, how nice it is if Jesus was speaking directly to us. Well he is still communicating this message to us this very day. He loves us and wants to teach us how to build a long lasting relationship with him filled with peace and joy. And He has chosen to share this with us today through His servant Brother Lalith Perera and his team in four easy steps.
By God’s Grace and with tremendous support from Father Augustine Joseph of Church Our Lady of Lourdes, we embarked on this spiritual journey on 5th November 1330hrs. For most, the eyes of their heart were opened for the very first time and they experienced the awesome redemptive love of our God through Jesus Christ His son. For others it was a renewal and an awakening to new insights by the Holy Spirit. Lives were transformed one way or another.
By the end of Day 2, on 6th November the Fire of the Holy Spirit was burning brightly in our hearts. Inner healing had taken place for some, while others experienced physical healing. But all felt the love of Jesus Christ moving through their very being. Many rested in the Spirit for the first time, when they received the anointing through Brother Lalith, his wife and an elder team member. It was uplifting to see so many smiling faces as they experience the joy and peace of the Lord. Their burdens were liberated!
Here are my additional thoughts on the retreat after attending it for the second time. In the Bible we see how God had chosen many great men to lead or prophesy to His people. Jonah, Jeremiah, Moses, David to name a few and then in the New Testament we have the Apostles. They all however have something peculiar and yet in common and that is they were all not the cream of the crop or the crème de la crème among men. Among them we see a variety of different imperfections at the time of their calling or even after they were called, some self perceived in the sense that they felt unworthy or inadequate, while others self evident. These included mental hang-ups, stubbornness, pridefulness, one or two stuttered, youthful and immature, sinful, uneducated, foul tempered etc. Yet even in their brokenness and imperfections God loved them, instructed them, transformed and allowed them to serve Him and His people in a perfect way. It is indeed a wonder that to this very day God is doing the same thing and Brother Lalith is one such servant.
Through him God communicates His love for us, providing us with a tangible experience not just a thought or a feeling. He teaches how we should continue to behave as His children and how we can ‘meet’ with Him all the days of our lives here on earth.
The four steps retreat program Is God’s gift to us, so when will you be claiming it? Jesus is calling you to come as you are, he loves you.