Corner of Crown & Albion Streets, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia
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The stained glass windows of CPC's auditorium.

Pastoral Letter 12th May 2024

Pastor Esther Wang

Today is Mother’s Day and let me first wish all mothers a very happy Mother’s Day!

About a month ago, different kinds of advertisements for Mother’s Day gifts began finding their way to my email inbox.  Businesses must have thought that this is a golden opportunity to boost product sales.  Indeed, many of us are willing to buy gifts for our mothers, hoping to make them happy and satisfied.  Afterall, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to express love for our mothers. At the same time, what caught my attention in the array of Mother’s Day gift promotions was that some businesses specifically mentioned upfront that if for any reasons buyers do not wish to receive this kind of promotional messages, they can click a link and those Mother’s Day promotion messages will be temporarily ceased to be sent to their email accounts.  In order to win the favour of customers, businesses are doing their best to cater for the needs of customers.  This also reminds us of the importance of going the extra mile to cater for the needs of our family members and to express our love appropriately within the family.  

Buying gifts to mothers on Mother's Day or treating them to a meal is indeed a wonderful opportunity to express love. However, our expressions of love for mothers should not only be limited to this day of celebration. The relationship of love is the foundation of family relationships, and a harmonious relationship between parents and children requires effort and honing over time. The realisation of love no doubt has its challenges.  From the perspective of a mother, sacrificing for her children is unquestionable, yet it is necessary to learn how to love children wisely and according to God's will. From the perspective of the children, loving their mothers is irrefutable, but why do many children still have countless complaints about their mothers, even estrangements and rebellion?

Christ taught us that the precursor to love is the willingness to submit to God.  If we do not rely on God to live out love, our love is often as frail as a feather, and may even have the opposite effect. If we truly wish to love our family and friends, the first and foremost thing we need to learn is to love God.  By loving God and submitting to His Lordship in our lives, we can then understand how to truly love others, and will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of true fellowship in the Lord. God is faithful, and He will bless those who are willing to rely on Him to live out love in their lives.





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